The Cat From Hué

The Cat From Hué

A Vietnam War Story

eBook - 2002
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After years of reckoning with his memories, the author has made sense of them in this memoir by weaving them into a compelling story. It is laced with humor, anger, love, and the unforgettable tale of a very idiosyncratic cat who was determined to play his part in the Vietnam revolution. In reconstructing his experiences, he has relied not only on his notes and memory, but also on hundreds of hours of film footage shot at the time. This gives the book an uncanny vividness and fidelity to facts.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780786724680
0786724684
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (850 pages) : map

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Mitzi352
Feb 09, 2018

I am not interested in the military but I am interested in cats. I knew going in the cat would probably only appear at the beginning and end of this 800+ tome, but I took my chances, figuring I'd give up after 100 pages of "the war". But the author made this book quite readable by his interviews with all the people he met during his tours in 'Nam. So it wasn't just "bang bang" all the time.

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Blinkyfrog
Aug 28, 2017

Possibly the best book I've ever read on the war in Vietnam. It's not an exhaustive historical account but rather an up close, personal one. If you watched TV in the 60's and 70's, you will recognize Laurence. He reported for two major TV broadcasters and stayed in country a long time. He was present for several major engagements, notably Hue during and after the Tet Offensive.
I can't adequately describe this book, it's very personal, it doesn't fit a genre. It gives an unusual perspective of the war, one that's well worth knowing.

And the cat that Laurence writes about? ....It's VC.

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Rock_Shadow
Mar 07, 2015

Outstanding book! Every chapter was dense with narrative so captivating that I wasn't able to skip at all, even though the book is very long. I wished it was published in 2 volumes to make it easier to carry around. Some people found The Cat from Hue too detailed, but I would have kept reading it even if the book was twice as long. I also did find the cat fitting fine into the book - both to the beginning and the ending (don't want to use spoilers).

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