Vietnam war, cultural differences, mateship, love, Australian

Margaret River Press

'In supple, lucid prose, Portland Jones weaves a talk of doomed war and love under siege.  Seeing the Elephant is a moving meditation on loss and the redemptive power of memory.' (Christine Piper, Winner of the 2014 Australian Vogel Literary Award).

Seeing the Elephant is poignant story of a remarkable relationship between Frank Stevens, an Australian soldier sent to the Vietnamese Highlands to recruit and train the local hill tribes during the Vietnam War, and his Vietnamese translator, Minh.

The story is told through letters from Frank to his grandfather. Seconded by the CIA, Frank has been sent to the Vietnamese Highlands to recruit and train the local mountain tribes to resist the North Vietnamese. Once Frank returns home the letters document his struggle to cope with life in Australia after the war.  

Nearly fifty years later, Minh, now living in Australia and seriously ill, reads through Frank’s letters and remembers the experiences that he shared with Frank, and discovers that even amongst his traumatic memories, there is consolation and joy.

The novel was shortlisted for the 2014 T.A.G. Hungerford Award

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Portland Jones is both a writer and a horse trainer!  She has a PhD in literature and runs her own horse-training business. She lives in Perth’s Swan Valley with her partner and three children.

Seeing the Elephant

Portland Jones

'In supple, lucid prose, Portland Jones weaves a talk of doomed war and love under siege.  Seeing the Elephant is a moving meditation on loss and the redemptive power of memory.' (Christine Piper, Winner of the 2014 Australian Vogel Literary Award).

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Publication Year
2016
Edition
1st
Publisher
Margaret River Press
ISBN13
9780994316745
Format
Paperback (B Format)
Category
Fiction
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