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Journal Entry 1 by olagorie from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lá cờ thêu sáu chữ vàng

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The writer portrays the story of young Tran Quoc Toan (1267-85), a high-born youth of the Tran dynasty, who was well known for his active role in the second war of resistance against the Mongol invasion. Although there are only a few historical records about him, Toan is still widely regarded as an example of patriotism in Viet Nam, where he fought and ultimately sacrificed himself at a very young age. (Editors note)

Th story is written in simple words, sometimes a bit awkwardly translated. It describes how Quoc Toan, aged 16, decides to go to war against the Mongol invaders. It shows a lot of elements that are significant to Vietnamnese culture: patriotism, respect for elders, parents and higher-ranking people. Bringing sacrifices, showing mercy, wit conquers power.

The story brings to life the horror of moskito-infested swamps, malaria, dangerous jungles, the burning sun. Considering that this book was written for older children, quite horrible. But then, it must be seen in the context of 1960, between two bloody wars.

Counts for Vietnam.

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