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by Bruce Weigl

eBook The Circle of Hanh: A Memoir epub
  • ISBN: 0802138055
  • Author: Bruce Weigl
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Military
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (May 10, 2001)
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • ePUB size: 1778 kb
  • FB2 size 1633 kb
  • Formats docx mbr doc lrf


He has been awarded the Pushcart Prize twice, the Academy of American Poets Prize, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, the Yaddo Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The Circle of Hanh book. With all the breathtaking imagery and lyric fury that characterizes his acclaimed poetry, Bruce Weigl recounts his struggles in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, which tore his life apart and in return gave him his poetic voice.

com User, December 10, 2001. In the first part of "The Circle Of Hanh", Author Bruce Weigl is in Hong Kong waiting to board a flight for North Vietnam

com User, December 10, 2001. When I read this marvelous memoir for the first time, I was struck with its florid style, which reveals Weigl as a gifted poet. Weigl's journey takes him from his boyhood in Lorain Ohio, through his tour of duty in Vietham, his visit to North Vietnam in the mid 1980s, and his subsequent adoption of a North Vietnamese girl, Hanh. In the first part of "The Circle Of Hanh", Author Bruce Weigl is in Hong Kong waiting to board a flight for North Vietnam. The wait is an agonizing one, because the airport is terribly crowded and long lines of people spill over into branching hallways. The lines move at a snails pace.

In this piercingly honest memoir, Bruce Weigl, who has established himself as one of our finest American poets .

In this piercingly honest memoir, Bruce Weigl, who has established himself as one of our finest American poets, explores the central experience of his life as a writer and a man: the Vietnam War, which tore his life apart and in return gave him his poetic voice. Weigl knew nothing about Vietnam before enlisting in 1967, but he saw a free ride out of a difficult childhood among volatile people. The war completely changed his life; there was a before and then one irrevocable after

Weigl's determination to get to his adoptive daughter is a rather suspenseful part of the book. Weigel redeemed his time in the Vietnam war by going back and giving back to the country they took so much from.

Weigl's determination to get to his adoptive daughter is a rather suspenseful part of the book. bnbookgirl, January 14, 2019. Written by a customer while visiting librarything. 0 0. Questions & Answers0 question.

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With all the breathtaking imagery and lyric fury that characterizes his acclaimed poetry, Bruce Weigl recounts his struggles in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, which tore his life apart and in return gave him his poetic voice. Moving from childhood to the war to a final act of compassion and hope, The Circle of Hanh is a powerful re-creation of a deeply haunted life and, ultimately, a stunning work of redemption. The Fast 800 by Michael Mosley Paperback Book 3 Day Express Delivery.

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In this piercingly honest memoir, renowned poet Bruce Weigl explores the central experience of his life as a writer and a man: the Vietnam War, which tore his life apart and inspired his poetic voice.

A tender and courageous and truly haunting memoir-one of the very best to emerge from the American war in Vietnam  . In this piercingly honest memoir, renowned poet Bruce Weigl explores the central experience of his life as a writer and a man: the Vietnam War, which tore his life apart and inspired his poetic voice. The war completely changed his life; there was a before and then an irrevocable after.

With all the breathtaking imagery and lyric fury that characterizes his acclaimed poetry, Bruce Weigl recounts his struggles in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, which tore his life apart and in return gave him his poetic voice. Upon his release from duty he turned to alcohol, drugs, and women, living for years in a confused purgatory until he discovered salvation in poetry and in the love of his wife and their son. Yet it was only through a harrowing journey back to Vietnam, to adopt his eight-year-old daughter, that Weigl was finally able to heal himself. Moving from childhood to the war to a final act of compassion and hope, The Circle of Hanh is a powerful re-creation of a deeply haunted life and, ultimately, a stunning work of redemption.
Comments: (7)
Tiv
Bruce Weigle spent the last year of his childhood, and the first year as an adult in Vietnam during the war: it was the same year. I wouldn't say his childhood up til then was all bucolic bliss, and his first years after returning to the States were certainly stained with his experiences in the "green war" as he calls it. This is a memoir of a working class youth- with all the roughness around it. What sets it apart is it's also the memoir of a man who went on to become one of America's great poets, a man still able to cultivate love and tenderness. Weigle comes full spiral to a place where he becomes a translator of Vietnamese, and with his wife adopts a young Vietnamese girl- a tale in itself as compelling as the childhood and the war. This is a book that reaches into our own dark places, but also shows us a way out.
Beardana
When I read this marvelous memoir for the first time, I was struck with its florid style, which reveals Weigl as a gifted poet. Weigl's journey takes him from his boyhood in Lorain Ohio, through his tour of duty in Vietham, his visit to North Vietnam in the mid 1980s, and his subsequent adoption of a North Vietnamese girl, Hanh. Though his story is riveting and painful at times, the author manages to bring the important message that sometimes beauty and pain must coexist. "The Circle of Hanh" is especially comforting to post-September 11 Americans in its message that the stories we hear and remember and relate can save us, just as the author's story has done for him.
Haracetys
Yesterday I finished reading THE CIRCLE OF HANH for the second time, and I enjoyed it as much as upon first reading. This is a book I wish everyone in the world could read and enjoy.

Bruce Weigl is a national treasure, in my opinion. I have long loved his poetry and was ecstatic when I found he also wrote a memoir. Buy it, plan on reading it straight through (it's that wonderful) and tell somebody else about it. Don't be too surprised if you have to shed a few tears.
Bev
Weigl's poetry is so good at bringing us into the war and its traumatic aftermath on the survivors, I hadn't expected his prose to be as precise, as ruthlessly true as his poems. I cried reading this memoir--his generosity, his capacity for forgiveness, his wide-harbored heart.
Rigiot
In the first part of "The Circle Of Hanh", Author Bruce Weigl is in Hong Kong waiting to board a flight for North Vietnam. The wait is an agonizing one, because the airport is terribly crowded and long lines of people spill over into branching hallways. The lines move at a snails pace. Weigl is very worried, because he must catch his flight; and time is running out. In North Vietnam a child is waiting for him: an eight year old girl that Weigl and his wife had been trying to adopt for a long time. The line slowly moves, and Weigl finally makes his way to the airline counter. He hands over his ticket and Visa, and is told that his Visa has expired. Weigl realizes that an error has been made on his Visa, because it had just been issued. He tries to explain, but is told that nothing can be done to help him. He must return to America, and get another Visa. Weigl asks to speak to a higher ranking Air Vietnam representative. The official comes and says that he can do nothing to help him either. Then Weigl makes a final desperate appeal to the Vietnamese official, explaining his mission to Vietnam. He had to go to Vietnam, and bring a little girl named Hanh to her new home. With a very brief time left before departure, the official allows him to board the plane for Vietnam. Weigl takes the last available seat on the plane. Those harrowing moments in Hong Kong cover only a few pages in this beautifully written book. Bruce Weigl is a poet, and a veteran of the Vietnam War. This book is a memoir of his life. We learn his story, from the time of his childhood; to the horrible destruction of the Vietnam War; and the devastation of his own life through alcohol and drugs. He regained control of his life through poetry and the love of his family. To redeem a life that too often had been wasted and lost, he wanted to give something of value. He wanted to give back something of what he had helped take away. He wanted to give happiness and a good life to a forgotten child from Vietnam. The story of his journey to give that happiness will touch your heart. This is a very moving memoir that I highly recommend.
Bliss
I have been amazed by the beauty, honesty, sensitivity, and intelligence of Bruce Weigl's poetry for over five years now. He continues to "overachieve" in every possible way imaginable in this memoir written in prose/poetry.
The word "love" is a much abused term, whether superficially used to describe an at times tawdry sex act or whether used in syrupy tones by daytime talk show hosts. However, for me this book is really about love. About Weigl's love for his Yugoslav-American family and neighbors, his own wife, son, and daughter, the Vietnamese people, the American boys who fought and died with him during the war, and even the teenage girl that molested him when he was a little boy. It's just a really fine book of personal insight and deliverance.
I cannot believe that this book is rated 281,000 or so in Amazon's sales list. Bruce Weigl would be considered a national treasure in more educated and enightened cultures. I do not believe that you'll be disappointed by this memoir. Rather, you may find just a bit of redemptiveness for your own self in this book.
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