An Unknown Journey

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
224 Pages
Reviewed on 09/04/2009
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Author Biography

Dao Huynh the Author of the "An Unknown Journey is an American by Choice and was born in Vietnam so long ago before the Vietnam War. She was too young to remember all the struggles, the hardships, the terrible things happened in the nation to the people in that war, but old enough to live through the outcome of the war to make her an American. The fate or the circumstance of that war has been the main reason of over 1 millions Vietnamese here without choice. There are succesful and there are failure, but in which standard, she had acquired the education here to merge into the American mainstream. She has written and created many stories throughout the years in her first language, until now she decides to write her first story in English to celebrate the circumstance of life, which makes her like many others An American by CHoice.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Dao is one of ten children. She wants to go to boarding school in hopes of someday living in a country where she will have freedom from responsibility to her family. She goes to school and finally makes it to America only to discover that you cannot escape family responsibilities.

Dao Huynh paints a brilliant word picture of life in South Vietnam. Huynh is a master at details and emotion. She incorporates details, bits of conversation, and bits of a song and description of the most unlikely thing that brings the story to life. Dao brings a sense of her own emotions as she lived what we read. There was a sense of panic and uncertainty as she leaves on her long journey to a new life. At times she felt desperate. She was a young woman in a culture she didn’t understand. The writing is so vivid the reader feels as though they were climbing into the make-shift boat with her. An Unknown Journey will captivate readers.