Reading in Vietnam

I love reading books set in and about the countries or areas that I’m visiting. They add to the excitement and anticipation during the preparation phase, they give extra flavour and texture to the actual experience and they extend that delicious holiday feeling long after the visit is nothing more than a memory.

Vietnam is a small country with a long and complex history. My list will never be complete. Therefore, my plan is to focus on books that I have read, or would like to read, or have had recommended to me.

Links are to reviews on my book blog, Brona’s Books.

Novels and Short Stories Set in Vietnam

The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith

A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler

The Quiet American (1955) by Graham Greene

The Sympathiser (2015) by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Lover (1984) by Marguerite Duras

The Book of Salt (2003) by Monique Truong

The Boat (2008) by Nam Le


Novels and Short Stories by Vietnamese Authors

Ticket to Childhood (2014) by Nguyen Nhat Anh


Non-Fiction and Memoirs About Vietnam

The Prison Diary of Ho Chi Minh (1962) by Ho Chi Minh

Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War (1981) by Michael Maclear

The Happiest Refugee by Ahn Do

Where the Sea Takes Us: A Vietnamese-Australian Story  (2008) by Kim Huynh

Destination Saigon: Adventures in Vietnam (2010) by Walter Mason


Travel Guides for Vietnam

Vietnam Lonely Planet

DK Vietnam & Angkor Wat

Ho Chi Minh City Wallpaper City Guide

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