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Bookclub – The General Retires & other stories

February 7, 2022 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

When it first appeared in 1987, the title story of this collection by Nguyễn Huy Thiệp  caused a sensation in Vietnam. Written in spare, succinct prose, it captures the despair of an old general who, after many years of devoted service to his country, is alienated by the emptiness of the society into which he retires and ultimately flees.

Thiệp  probes similar themes in the stories that follow, from Cun, the moving tale of a crippled beggar, to A Drop of Blood, a dark history of a family set against decades of war and revolution. With eight powerfully written stories, this collection offers unprecedented insight into a society trying to overcome and understand years of pain and civil strife.

Here is the link to the popular movie based on the title story (Engsub)


The paper edition can be found in international bookshops. No e-book available at the moment.

We meet at 7:00 pm on Monday, February 7, 2022 @ Eastern and Oriental Tea House and Coffee Parlour, 46 Qung An, Tay Ho 

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February 7, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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