In a beginning chapter book, the author remembers fondly his childhood days spent in the central highlands of Vietnam. Describing the people and animals of his village, the focus is on his special friendship with the water buffalo. The two face the dangers of life in the Vietnamese jungle, and Nhuong must endure the death of his beloved animal companion in a military skirmish. The author brings home the waste of war and the beauty of village social life prior to the involvement of the U.S.
Autobiography and Biography,
Biography and Autobiography