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by Meiri S (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer, living in Melbourne. I enjoy uncovering hidden in plain sight gems.
Published January 8th 2018
Vietnam War stories


The Girl in the Picture is the story of the young girl who was photographed in the Vietnam War. The picture was taken by a Vietnamese photographer. The photograph was then sold to an American and a German journalist. The image of Kim Phuc became symbolic of the Vietnam War. The images depicts the harm of the war, the fragility of human life, and the Vietnamese people's struggle within the War.

Denise Chong has very cleverly, and delicately described Kim Phuc's story. It details Kim Phuc's journey from before the Vietnam War, to how the photo came about and then details how this image impacted her life after the Vietnam War. Her writing is tender, and she uses discretion cleverly. She transports you to the sights, sounds and important parts of Kim Phuc's life. It is well researched.

I bought this book at the Vietnam War Museum in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). I bought it from a gentleman who himself had injuries from the Vietnam War. I have been lucky enough to go to Vietnam twice, and I would highly recommend visiting the Vietnam War Museum should you be in Saigon.

It's a very good read and I would recommend this book to anyone embarking on a trip to Vietnam, or anyone that has been to Vietnam.
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I saw this lady interviewed on TV once. It is hard to imagine what she must have gone through.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6149) 194 days ago
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