Publication Year: 2007
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Thuy’s diary chronicles her life from 1968 to 1970. She was a pasionate writer and there were many times while reading this book that you felt she was talking directly to you. Her words are also timeless and I can understand how her diary has been compared to that of Anne Frank. Thuy rants and rails at times over the injustices of the war. Of the horrors that she sees every day. The diary is also filled with hope. Hope for peace in her nation.
I admit, that before reading Thuy’s diary I didn’t know much about the war in Vietnam. Most of what I know comes from movies and things heard about in passing. So much of what I knew was very pro-American and painted the Vietnamese in a very ugly light. Thuy’s diary turns the tables on all that. It forced me to look at what I knew of the war in a different light. Thuy’s diary shows just how horrible that the American soldiers could be….every bit as evil and horrific as I have always heard the Vietnamese people to be.
While reading Thuy’s diary I started to flag phrases and passages to quote later on when I wrote my review. By the end there were so many flags that it became impossible to choose just what to share. Thuy’s diary is captivating. I didn’t want to put it down. Yet at the same time I didn’t want it to end…so I would force myself to put it aside….wanting to prolong the story for as long as possible. The best way to describe Last Night I Dreamed of Peace is to take an excerpt from the book flap “At times raw, at times lyical and youthfully sentimental, her voice transcends cultures to speak of her dignity and compassion in the face of the war’s ceaseless fury.”
I highly recommend this book to everyone. Thuy’s words are beautiful and her story is one that needs to be shared. So run out and buy her diary. You won’t regret it.