Heesu Kim Kim itibaren Agua Zarca, Guerrero, Meksika
The whole story of how this diary came to publication is very interesting and reading the diary is an experience I highly recommend. Since it wasn't written with the intention of publication it can be choppy and repetitious at times as Thuy worked through her feelings towards war, love, family and her ethical code. Yet her constant self-examination and her evaluation of character traits in others cast light on the soul of someone who was very introspective and the philosophical closings of many of her entries provided a significant amount of food for thought. I enjoyed the way Thuy related to the characters of Les Miserables and there are a couple of pages where she compares her life to Jean Valjean, Cosette and Marius. I found those passages particularly compelling and dog-eared the pages to read again in the future. Knowing how Thuy's life ends from the beginning added to the poignancy of her thoughts and experiences. It is a very sad look into the fighting that took place in Vietnam from 1967-70.