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Once upon a Mulberry Field [PDF / EPUB] Once upon a Mulberry Field As Roger Connors a widower with no children ponders whether to pursue aggressive treatment for his cancer a cryptic note arrives from a long lost USAF buddy announcing the visit of an acuaintance from As Roger a Mulberry PDF/EPUB ½ Connors a widower with no children ponders whether to pursue aggressive treatment for his cancer a cryptic note arrives from a long lost USAF buddy announcing the visit of an acuaintance from Vietnam The startling news resurrects ghosts of fallen comrades and haunting memories of the great love he once knewShocking revelations from his visitor uncover a missing part of Roger’s life he never dreamed possible Peeling back one layer at Once upon PDF/EPUB or a time he delves into a decades old secret in search of answers and traces of a passion unfulfilledFrom the jungles of Vietnam through the minefields of the heart Once upon a Mulberry Field follows one man’s journey to self discovery fraught with disillusionment and despair but ultimately redeemed by the power of love.


10 thoughts on “Once upon a Mulberry Field

  1. says:

    This book moved me on two levels One I felt myself falling backwards through time as I read the familiar terms Cam Ranh Bay Long Binh Sht hooks Chinooks slicks Puff and Warthogs Charlie Khmer Rouge And the worst of all Tet This story of Roger Connors takes me back to those days I was riveted by the account of this young American landing in country and finding his way amid bombings and bloodshed but also friendship Learning to love the local people; one especially Finding out what life was really like there on the ground in South Vietnam I was disturbed to be reminded of how upon their return to the USA our young men were punished for their involuntary participation in an unpopular war Support Our Troops is now a given but it was a policy born of remorse for that misplaced hatred I was eually disturbed by Roger's personification of a Vet with PTSD after his return How confusing to come back to one's former beloved country still caught up in the turmoil of combat grieving for friends still in harm's way But on another level this is the story of a love affair and I cried my eyes out toward the end What a skillful portrayal of the human condition We're all just fighting to create a good life for ourselves and our loved ones How wonderful if it all works out and how bittersweet if not The author CL Hoang a native of Vietnam who moved to America in his youth manages to craft a tale that portrays the unacknowledged commonalities between warring cultures This is a beautifully wrought story made richer by the fact that the author began it only as a way of recording his father's history As he wrote and researched he began to interact with veterans who told him their stories Roger Connors is an amalgam of those veterans and the book bears heartbreaking witness to the struggles of those on both sides CL Hoang has written a first class debut novel I hope there will be many


  2. says:

    This is a beautifully written novel that tells a heartrending tale of American and South Vietnamese love at a time when both countries were torn apart by war Set at Bien Hoa Air Force Base near Saigon in 1967 at the height of the Tet Offensive the novel explores the blossoming romance between a US Air Force doctor Roger Connors and Lien a young Vietnamese widow working as a hostess at a Saigon club As the war progresses and political offensives set the country in turmoil Roger and Lien are forced into circumstances that tear them apartThe story is filled with descriptions of the lush war torn Vietnamese countryside and the turbulent political atmosphere surrounding the war I liked that the book focuses on the personal sacrifices made by both those who served in Vietnam and those who called the country home The second half of the book focuses on Roger's return home to his fiancee and his subseuent struggles with PTSD and a country that had turned its back on those who served Once Upon a Mulberry Field provides us with an inside look at love during wartime and is a thoughtful and hauntingly written reminder of the tragic effects of war


  3. says:

    I liked this book very much and could easily see it becoming a movie It's good old fashioned storytelling Some of it is predictable but I sure didn't mind because I was carried away by the emotional undercurrents The most powerful scenes take place in Vietnam where the author transports the reader to the war torn country during the 1960s One can feel the fear that the young men faced every day not knowing if they would ever live to see their loved ones back home The fear anxiety loneliness and yearning is palpable The author provides not only a powerful story of love and loss but a history lesson as well


  4. says:

    Việt Nam a love storyC L Hoàng was born and raised in South Vietnam during the war and came to the United States in the 1970s He graduated from the University of California Berkeley and earns his living as an electronic engineer with eleven patents to his name to date What CL Hoang has accomplished in this memorable novel is to reawaken a part of history that so desperately needs to be re examined Understanding the Vietnam War roughly November 1955 with the first American advisors escalating in 1964 with the Gulf of Tonkin incident building in 1965 and peaking in 1968 with the Tet Offensive and lasting until the fall of Saigon in April 1975 is something we all must attempt For those of us who served in Vietnam in 1968 1970 those memories we thought best submerged need to come forth allowing us to examine them and never repeat them What Hoàng has provided is a table to which he invites us to see that war form both sides and in doing so understand the trauma inflicted on all involved lasting into the present for manyIn the preface to Hoàng's book he offers some of the poignant insights into the effects of the war and these are such fine pieces of writing that they deserve to be shared `My early memories of my childhood in Sài Gòn during the Việt Nam War were filled with tales of a different kind the real life stories of struggle and survival and often than not of death and destruction The tentacles of war had touched virtually every family in our homeland It was a reality from which no one could hide not even children When I came to America in the mid 1970s at the end of the war those memories were buried under the day to day demands of a new life and lay dormant for the next three decades Until as a nostalgia project for my dad who was up in years and ailing I began to scour the Internet for old photographs and writings about our former hometown Sài Gòn in the 1950s '60s and early '70s Before I knew it a bygone world had reopened its door and pulled me in Through various websites and published memoirs by American veterans who had served in Việt Nam and through my conversations with some of them I caught a revealing glimpse into their experiences These voices of truth lost in the political cacophony of the time all contributed to an oral history that should be heard and preserved for the veterans' families and for those still in search of answers In my heart Once upon a Mulberry Field is first and foremost a love story an ode to the old and the new homelands and a celebration of the human spirit and the redemptive power of love In an attempt to be objective and to view things from a perspective different from the one I had known growing up I chose to recount the events through the voice of an American soldier'The summary of the story as placed on Hoàng's website is telling `As Roger Connors a widower with no children ponders whether to pursue aggressive treatment for his cancer a cryptic note arrives from a long lost USAF buddy announcing the visit of an acuaintance from Vietnam The startling news resurrects ghosts of fallen comrades and haunting memories of the great love he once knew Shocking revelations from his visitor uncover a missing part of Roger's life he never dreamed possible Peeling back one layer at a time he delves into a decades old secret in search of answers and traces of a passion unfulfilled From the jungles of Vietnam through the minefields of the heart Once upon a Mulberry Field follows one man's journey to self discovery fraught with disillusionment and despair but ultimately redeemed by the power of love'But this brief summary doesn't begin to convey the depth of reliving the multifaceted ways he explores in his novel The story is rich and beautifully told but the impact is like the afterburn it is deeply felt with the passage of time


  5. says:

    CL Hoang uses his own family experience and the stories of military veterans to paint this lush tale of love among the tragedy and ruin of the Vietnam War Dr Roger Connors widowed and retired at a senior community is forced to confront the nightmares and pain of the bittersweet past he had struggled to push aside to live a normal civilian life back in the States We step into his story as a medical officer at an air force base often under attack in South Viet Nam where he lost the fragile love of his life and left the ghost of his former selfI enjoyed this both as a layered story covering untold aspects of the war and as a lesson in history and culture The author gives us a clear understanding of the trauma of losing friends to enemy attack and of post traumatic stress He shows us the tropical beauty and hustle bustle of Saigon and the uiet determination of the South Vietnamese people under siege The story is about relationships love loss and painful decisions amid the backdrop of war – and its aftermathDespite including a lot of facts and details that sometimes did make the dialog a bit stilted many sentences shine and the story did not bog down I was intrigued and completely drawn into it A nice little twist at the end gave a disappointing yet ultimately satisfying finish that made me shed some tears Well worth reading


  6. says:

    One of the best books I have read this year The story of innocence in a very difficult time in our country and in Vietnam A country ravished by war and the lives and families it touched The characters were so brilliantly brought to life I could visually see the young doctor from Minnesota and The Kid from Iowa When an author takes that much time to ensure you get a feeling for the characters you know you have a great novel to read The book touched me on so many levels as a veteran myself I could think back and remember saying goodbye to a girlfriend anxiously awaiting that care package but cannot imagine the pain of being 18 years old and being drafted and set to fight a war you probably didn't even understand The story was was love being changed friendships made and lost acuaintances discovered and lost for decades It was about engagements and broken dreans rediscovered hope and lost opportunities I believe this book should be a movie and would be a tremendous read for any High School literature class because the possiblities for open discussion are endless


  7. says:

    There is a reason and a season for all life and love I almost don't know what to saythe emotional realism of the words in this book through war and tragedy and friendship and family and life It is perfect No spoilers Just sincere gratitude to C L Hoang for capturing the essence of South Vietnam and the American servicemen who cared and have remembered their entire lives Also honor for those from both allied countries milittary and civilian who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives and to the families and friends who lost loved ones but hold them close in their hearts They didn't call it PTSD then but it is still in the hearts and minds of the young men who returned wounded disabled confused or uninjured but not whole They left a part of themselves in South Vietnam as is so beautifully tragically lovingly told in this novel I recommend this book to everyone as a well written well researched emotional story of humanity One of the best books I have ever read


  8. says:

    I received this as a Goodreads first reads giveawayI really enjoyed this book Other than what I may have read in a history class I haven’t read about the Vietnam War While the story isn’t about the war itself a large portion of it takes place during that time and I learned about it The story is about the relationships in Roger Connors life Those he loved his friends and acuaintances I can’t imagine what it is like to be around war whether in the military those that live there or the media that is there to report on it In this story you get to hear about Rogers experience as well as those he met during that time I always enjoy books where you would like to keep reading about the lives of the characters in the book and this was one of those books I think it would be interesting to hear the story of the other characters from their perspective for that time


  9. says:

    What a thrill to read this novel from a number of angles First the writing was brilliant and I marveled at his command of the English language Second as a Vietnam Vet I saw another perspective about the war the personal side between two cultures Third the descriptions of the war milieu brought back memories of 45 years I was amazed at the knowledge that Mr Hoang possessed about the American militaryThird once past the character development phase I was rewarded with a personal and emotional story with twists and turns that affected the American hero and the Vietnamese protagonists I couldn’t put the book down At the end I had leaky eyes which showed the author’s writing skills of story development and of description As I read I felt I was placed in the scene itself Vietnam veterans and others will benefit from this engaging adventure Well done


  10. says:

    CL Hoang has woven a beautiful story out of a turbulent time in history The story moves effortlessly between the present and South Vietnam of yesterday telling us a side of the war that is rarely heard I appreciated the author's attention to historical detail and inclusion of Vietnamese culture It feels as though I went back in time as a doctor at an Air Force base in Vietnam and was able to experience Saigon in the 1960s It's a love story of place the friends we go through life with family and second chances


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