Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review for A Travelogue of Vietnam!

Hiya peeps! I've got an interesting new release for you today. I don't generally review memoirs, however this one caught my interest. I think it's one you'll enjoy, so check out my review, and be sure to add it to your reading lists!

Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees: A Travelogue of Vietnam

 Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees
~AuthorC.L. Hoang

~ReleasedNovember 18th 2017

~Length: 132 Pages

~GenresTravelogue, Memoir

Have you ever wondered what Vietnam is like some forty years after the war has ended? Then come along with the author as he returns to visit his ancestral homeland for the first time after a decades-long absence.

Retrace his steps with him around his former hometown of Saigon in the south, and then follow him along on an itinerary of discovery to other unique destinations throughout the country: Hoi-An, the best-preserved medieval seaport in Southeast Asia; Hue, the ancient capital of imperial Vietnam, on the central coast; Halong Bay, a world-renowned natural wonder; and Hanoi, the country’s thousand-year-old capital, in the north.

Filled with historical and cultural tidbits and personal reminiscences, and illustrated with over forty photographs, "Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees" offers the reader an insightful and fascinating glimpse of this tropical land.

Advanced Praise for Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees

“Whether you have been to Vietnam in the past or are thinking of going in the future, you’ll wish you had C.L. Hoang as your traveling companion. His delicate, keenly crafted prose, his sharp eye for detail, his tender humanity and humility, make this travelogue a must-read. . . ."
—Judith Fein, award-winning author of "Life Is A Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel" and "The Spoon From Minkowitz: A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands"

"C. L. Hoang's Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees is a fascinating and highly readable account of one man's return to his ancestral homeland. Hoang's narrative keeps the reader fully engaged as he describes the highlights of a 10-day visit to this intriguing country, with its must-see destinations and warm, friendly people. . . ."
—Tim Doling, Author and Viet Nam Culture and Tourism Consultant

". . . C. L. Hoang achieves a perfect blend of narrating the sights, describing the tour experience, and relating family reminiscences while sharing moving personal impressions after such a long absence from his homeland. Whether or not you’re Vietnamese, you’ll find great appeal and inspiration in this illustrated love letter to Viet-Nam.”
—Lynette M. Smith, Author, "How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special"

"As a world traveler, I've had the pleasure to visit Vietnam in the past. However . . . [C.L. Hoang] offers a unique perspective of Vietnam . . . [as only can] someone returning to his homeland after many years. If you’re interested in Vietnam . . . I highly recommend putting 'Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees' on your reading list."
—Gary Arndt, purveyor of the travel website
2013 2015 Travel Photographer of the Year, North American Travel Journalists Association
2014 Travel Photographer of the Year, Society of American Travel Writers

 My Review

Vietnam is on my long list of places I want to visit before I die. With the question "Have you ever wondered what Vietnam is like some forty years after the war has ended?" prompting an "of course!" response, I was immediately interested in this memoir. It isn't a genre I typically review, however this one sounded far too fascinating to turn down.

With vivid descriptions and beautiful pictures incorporated abundantly throughout the pages, this travelogue paints a marvelous picture of modern-day Vietnam. The areas explored and explained are far different than what we typically see in documentaries, or in history books. The personal touches and attention to detail made this a wonderful read, offering a unique glimpse into another country. I learned more about the Vietnamese culture, people, and how they're living now, after the war that rocked their country.

If  you are at all interested in the history of this country, or simply enjoy travelogues and memoirs, this one would be a great one to check out. I'm sure you'll learn things you never thought of, and will be left with a new mental image of Vietnam.

*I was given a complimentary eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

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