Love, Family, and Home in "Last Night I Dreamed of Peace" Book Review

Review of "Last Night I Dreamed of Peace" by Dang Thuy Tram.
# 150585 | 2,702 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 19, 2012 in History (Asian) , History (U.S. Post-Modern 1965-Present)

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This paper reviews Dang Thuy Tram's diary which was published and called "Last Night I Dreamed of Peace." This book is the story of a Vietnamese woman who was a physician during the Vietnam war, and her perceptions of this conflict that tore apart her country. In particular, the paper notes the care and concern she felt toward her patients. It also describes her personal life, particularly her break-up of a serious romantic relationship. Additionally, the review describes her feelings of loyalty toward the communist party. Finally, the paper cites how Thuy expressed her feelings toward Americans in her diary. The paper concludes by stating that Thuy's diary reflects a tender doctor with a warm heart and an ability to give of herself more than most people could.


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From the Paper:

"Her ideals were those of pride. She was proud to be a physician, and felt that she should continue to be noble toward the cause of The Party. Every sentiment that was sympathetic was brushed off by Thuy as she trudged through her duties as a physician. At one point, she received a letter sympathizing with her over her plight with M. Her diary response read, "Reading his words...I am dismayed. I can't help but return the poem with a note beneath it: "Thanks for your loving sympathy, but it seems you don't understand Tram yet. I promise someday I will let you know this woman of SOCIALISM"" (8). She also wrote, "It hurts that they pity me" (8). She did not want anyone's pity. She was doing her best to be strong, and believed that because she was "an educated woman [with] pride" (14) that she didn't deserve their pity. The pity of others toward her feelings was almost an insult to Thuy.
"Thuy was a humble woman who was proud of her accomplishments but knew that she had so much more to learn."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Tram, Dang Thuy. Last Night I Dreamed of Peace. New York: Random House, Inc., 2007. Print.

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