Main : Asia, history, literary fiction, politics, religion, war
One day there will be peace in Vietnam. But not before more war.Touched by the Lady of the Realm, Liên dreams of bones and bodies under the sea. The prescient warnings from the Lady weigh heavily on Liên, who is burdened by her inability to save everyone. But she knows that the Lady speaks most to those who listen.
Set against the background of the Vietnam/American war we follow Liên’s path across five decades that are punctuated by endless war and suffering.
Yet even in the most desperate of times, Liên refuses to be ruled by fear and anger and persists in her hope for a peaceful future.
But will hope be enough?
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Although it’s set in Vietnam, tracing many decades of that country’s tragic history, it’s a calm, meditative book which asserts that peace is possible. I liked it very much.Lisa Hill, ANZLITLOVERS.COM
Lady of the Realm can be read on a number of levels. It begins as a rite of passage story with Liên attempting to come to terms with the foresight the Lady has given her and reconcile her feelings about what has happened to her village with Buddhist teachings about compassion. On a broader level, it is an exploration of the choices survivors make in the midst of war and during the upheavals that follow it. There are few villains here—especially not the people smuggler and black marketeer who risks her life to help people who have given up hope to escape by sea to Malaysia.Lynn Smailes, Pen Melbourne
The perspective is female and Buddhist, and all that Liên desires is lasting peace, which she seems doomed never to experience. The story of the 2009 destruction of the Prajna Monastery is particularly surprising and saddening.Kerryn Goldsworthy, SMH
Table of Contents
HiêÌu, Love of Family, South Vietnam, 1962
Upeksha, Love that Goes Beyond all Boundaries, Saigon, 1964
NghiÌa, Love of Country , South Vietnam 1980
Metta, Loving Kindness, South Vietnam, 1991
Maitreya, True Love, South Vietnam, 2007
Karuna, Compassion, Prajna Monastery, South Vietnam 2009
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