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A Saigon Party: And Other Vietnam War Short Stories summary A Saigon Party: And Other Vietnam War Short Stories, series A Saigon Party: And Other Vietnam War Short Stories, book A Saigon Party: And Other Vietnam War Short Stories, pdf A Saigon Party: And Other Vietnam War Short Stories, A Saigon Party: And Other Vietnam War Short Stories b272af9b00 After Her Brother Kenny Was Killed In The Mekong Delta, Diana Dell Went To Vietnam With The USO Dell S Short Stories Are Not About Battles, Blood, Gore, Or Angst They Are About Participants Of The War Other Than Grunts War Profiteers, Disc Jockeys, Rock Stars, Landladies, Pedi Cab Drivers, Movie Stars, Pickpockets, Beggars, Journalists, Celebrity Tourists, And Other REMFs Irreverent, Outrageous, Cynical, Satirical, Intelligent, And Insightful Are A Few Of The Words Used To Describe A Saigon Party And Other Vietnam War Short StoriesAuthor Bio Diana Dell Was Born In In East Vandergrift, Pennsylvania And Graduated From West Virginia University With A Degree In Journalism In , After Her Brother Was Killed In The Mekong Delta, She Went To Vietnam As A Civilian With USO There She Was A Program Director In Cam Ranh Bay And Director Of Public Relations In Saigon, Where She Hosted USO Showtime, A Daily Program On American Forces Vietnam Network AFVN Radio Upon Leaving Vietnam, She Worked In Europe For A Year As Publicity Director At The Frankfurt USO And Two Years As A Freelance Writer And Photographer In Athens And Madrid After Owning An Advertising Agency In Massachusetts For Years, She Taught Vietnam War History And Journalism Classes At Tampa College Diana Divides Her Writing Time Between Boston And Clearwater, Florida She Is Also The Author Of Memories Are Like Clouds, A Childhood Memoir Set In The S


12 thoughts on “A Saigon Party: And Other Vietnam War Short Stories

  1. says:

    As a Vietnam veteran who never got to Saigon or to any place in country that embodied that lifestyle, I still enjoyed this work thoroughly A lot of the realistic parts of the book confirmed what a lot of us suspected, for example that military payment certificates enabled rather than hindered the black market Of course the second half of the book goes into high fantasy, but it s fantasy that expounds on real situations, even if they re greatly exaggerated Some of the other reviewers might be right that this book presents a useful form of analysis for people already familiar with Vietnam in that time period but might be confusing for someone else.


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    I was drawn to this book by the unusual aspect of a Vietnam War memoir written by a woman and the somewhat exotic aspect of her job there, working for the USO a non military organisation providing entertainment for American troops as director of public relations in Saigon and programme director in Cam Ranh Bay, where she was host of daily radio show, USO Showtime, between 1970 and 1972 The USO entertainments have been referred to visually in a number of Vietnam War films, of course, from the chaotic striptease rock show encountered in Apocalypse Now to the reference to Nancy Sinatra s music in Full Metal Jacket Nancy Sinatra entertained American troops in Vietnam I gave Diana Dell s book 4 stars as a memoir rather than as a work of fiction Dell s writing style is literate and entertaining but not literary she seems to just want to tell her story without wanting to gain accolades as a fiction writer That s kind of refreshing, particularly when most novelists or other short story writers who write about Vietnam seem hell bent on writing the next For Whom The Bell Tolls Dell s introduction to the short stories is quite long, and leads her from the funeral of her brother in 1968, who died while serving as a soldier in Vietnam her reason for wanting to see the country , to her arrival and first experiences in Vietnam as a USO operative in 1970 It s a funny, convoluted story Dell, only 22 at the time, mourning her brother, and directionless, gets into the USO after reading a wanted ad in a newspaper, meeting a range of colourful characters on the way So good is this straight memoir style, it s then hard to make the transition to the fictional stories that follow you kind of wish she d kept with the first person memoir Dell employs a satirical style to show up some flawed characters she encountered from simply snobbish fellow donut dollies who only date officers and have a problem with Black GIs straight talking, to repellent corrupt officials making a fortune out of the black market The good guys by which I mean girls are also there, liberal, free spirited types like the USO programme director Consuelo O Keefe, clearly a role model for the young Dell, and who turns up in various stories Dell was clearly a sharp observer of what was happening around her, and her stories are largely portraits of various characters whom in some cases she shows to be liars or hypocrites a South Vietnamese pop star who sings the songs of the Beatles and the Stones but who is completely self involved and well connected via family to the corrupt government of South Vietnam a spit and polish American officer who cares about looking good to his superiors than the lives of his own men In other stories, such as A Pedal Cab Driver Pedals Through History she conveys in a droll way some of the need for a duality or fluidity the Vietnamese had to have when it came to the competing ideologies of Communism and Western capitalism the pedal cab driver has to change lanes, so to speak, between the two furiously to get by Dell s details of aspects of the war such as how black market money laundering worked chimes credibly with stories by other veterans or observers of the Vietnam War I have read, such as those by Robert Olen Butler, Tobias Wolff, Tim O Brien, Michael Herr, and Edward Wilson.If you are generally interested in personal accounts of the Vietnam War experience, then you are likely to enjoy this book The zany humour and female perspective makes a refreshing change from the grave, self consciously literary writing of many of the male authors who served in Vietnam and then wrote fiction about it or who didn t serve but wrote fiction about it anyway, like Denis Johnson good as they all are Dell almost comes across like a hip Terry Southern character in this book, and if the satire is a little over the top at times, it s certainly funny and, you feel, grounded in truth I highly recommend it note to the publisher a table of contents would be a good idea if you reprint this book.


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