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Dragons On The Roof: Unravelling Vietnam by Carol Howland takes readers into the exotic beauty of this small country and unravels the cultural history, traditions, customs, and mindset of the Vietnamese people. Traveling is an education in itself and exposes people to interesting realms that can change their perception when it comes to humanity. The author's experiences in the country, be it the spiritual values, myths, legends, the rain-drenched beauty of the countryside, the pre-Khmer Cham temples, the wars that ravaged the country for many years, the Vietnamese patriotism, or the diverse images of the country, will captivate readers in myriad ways and make them dream of packing their bags and going to Vietnam.
This book is entertaining for all travel aficionados and people who love to learn about other countries. The author speaks about her trip methodically and extensively, pulling readers right into the book to feel her experiences there vividly as they turn the pages. It is interesting to read about the Temple of Literature, the palaces, the traditional water puppet theater which is world famous, the classical opera of Hanoi, the pagodas, and many other amazing things that make Vietnam the country it is. Reading this book will definitely encourage travelers and tourists to add Vietnam to their bucket list. The author captures the beauty, culture, traditions, and history of the country in the beautiful way she has woven together the ancient history and modernism of Vietnam. The warmth and open-heartedness of the Vietnamese people are tangible through her words.