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  • Ο Ινδιάνος του δάσους – The Indian of the forest

    $13.99$19.99 Perises, Mona
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    Μυθιστόρημα – Novel

    Ήταν απόγονος ενός ανυπότακτου μεγάλου πολεμιστή, που κάποτε είχε σκύψει το κεφάλι, για να σώσει τη φυλή του. Ο Απάτσι  Τζερόνιμο τζούνιορ, κλήθηκε να πολεμήσει, όχι για να σωθεί η φυλή του, αλλά για το προσωπικό του γόητρο. Δεν ήθελε να πάει στο πόλεμο, αλλά πήγε. Αν έμενε πίσω, το πολύ-πολύ, να καταντούσε αλκοολικός και άνεργος. Ήδη ήταν ένας χαμένος και κυνηγημένος από κάποιους, που αυτοαποκαλούνται λευκοί. Πριν τον πάρουν στο πόλεμο, του είχαν κόψει τα μαλλιά. Μετά, η ιστορία του έγινε πολύ απλή, αλλά ταυτόχρονα και πολύπλοκη. Με κομμένα τα μαλλιά, ένιωθε ένα τίποτα και στο Βιετνάμ, δεν ήταν καθόλου καλά. Οι γιάνκηδες ήταν… σαν τα ζώα.

    Λίγοι αποτελούσαν εξαίρεση, οι πιο πολλοί ήταν ήδη αλκοολικοί και ψυχροί φονιάδες. Μετά το θάνατο κάποιου κιτρινιάρη, το γλεντούσαν μεθοκοπώντας, βρίζοντας θεούς και δαίμονες. Ενώ ήταν οι ίδιοι, έλεγαν δαίμονες εκείνους που πολεμούσαν για τη πατρίδα τους.  Σαν ινδιάνος Απάτσι που ήταν, δεν είχε καμιά σχέση με το χρόνο, αλλά με το τόπο. Όσο κρατούσε αυτός ο πόλεμος,  σ’ αυτή τη μεγάλη  λάκα που γέμιζε συνέχεια με νερά, σκέφτονταν να είναι καλός, αν φυσικά, δεν έτρωγε κάποια σφαίρα. Αν ζούσε και όταν έβρισκε την ευκαιρία,  θα χανόταν μέσα στο δάσος και στη πυκνή ζούγκλα. Θα έμενε εκεί και θα κατέστρωνε τα επόμενα βήματα του.

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  • Orphans of the Secret War

    $9.99 King, Bruce
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    American soldiers left after Vietnam, breaking hearts of many Thai women, abandoning mix-breed children to grow up within a culture that wouldn’t accept them.

    The title of the conflict “The Vietnam War”, doesn’t totally encompass the impact it had on the region it consumed–Southeast Asia.

    In the 1960s and throughout the 70s, the much more powerful North Vietnamese Army took full advantage of Laos’ weaker position by fueling the internal conflict within the landlocked country and gaining room for their troops to maneuver within Laos. During this time, and fearing that the communist propaganda would cross its border with Laos and spread unrest within, The Kingdom of Thailand agreed that the US military could use Thai air bases around the country to fight in defense of freedom and democracy. The Americans swarmed into the Thai Kingdom like migrating African bees, ultimately giving Thailand something magical to smile about, at least superficially.

    The social stratosphere of Thailand quickly adapted like only Thai culture can. Cities were erected around Thai Air Force Bases throughout the nation, solidifying the shaky foundation of shadow businesses that abound in Thailand and generate a large portion of the Thai GDP.

    One nation’s lust gave rise to the “shadow economy” as it temporarily pacified another nation’s greed. To supply the popular demand, entertainment venues opened and were thronged with lonely Tahaan Falaang, and “bar-girls” willingly came in waves to provide their services.

    Is it that people who are willing to sell their bodies have no dignity, no limits? Or is it the other way around–that the person willing to buy someone’s body–has no dignity, and no limits?

    Before you come to any conclusions, allow me to tell you a short story…

    I am a result of the Vietnam War, actually—the “Secret War” in Laos–a bastard son of an American soldier stationed in Udon Thani during the decades-long Indochina conflict. When American soldiers moved into Udon Air Force Base, the promise of great opportunities and riches excited many impoverished villagers around the rural Isaan farmlands; long overlooked by the Thai government. My mother, a young woman at the time, embraced this chance to make money, and even dreamed of being married off to a rich Tahaan Falaang who would take her away from the misery of subsistence living—a poor rural Isaan woman’s fantasy that evaporated the moment the Americans packed up and went home.

    Many of the women pursuing a dream became pregnant. Out of guilt, some would abort, knowing that bearing a mixed-breed child would only bring disgrace and shame to her family. Yet, many children were given the chance of life, only to find their culture was not ready to accept them for who they were—children of God. In fact, a Thai term had to be invented just to describe such children—“loog-kruenk” or “half-breed”. Something like “half-blood” or “half-ghost-half-human”.

    Upon returning home, pregnant and abandoned, my mother hid her secret as long as she could, only to have it revealed through the noticeably different looking son born to her. He would never be confused with a typical  Isaan farmer. Undereducated Isaan villagers did everything possible to lift my mother onto the stage of disgrace. With mounting pressure to survive in these rural lands, my mother did what many women in the same situation did—dropped me off at an orphanage where I witnessed the darker side of “Thai-ness”—and where I quickly learned how to conform to the system.

    It was a journey that shredded my spirit and buried me deep in despair. I had no choice but to reach out into the unknown, begging a comet to save me and praying to any invisible powers willing to listen to an orphan’s plea.

    Fate took me there. But a miracle brought me out…

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  • Olongapo

    $2.99 Burnett, Lawrence
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    Vietnam’s Playground

    Olongapo was an extraordinary part of our world known to millions. This tiny section of the Far East served as playground for Vietnam. An amusement park for the American Seventh Fleet, contractors and other service members from around the world. Rides in this park featured people’s lives, creating impassioned experiences. Written with deepest respect for those with their names etched into The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Many who experienced joy for the last time while in Olongapo. The Olongapo experience was a true phenomenon, a saturation of life.

    During the peak of Vietnam, the area grew from a population of 40,000 in 1964 to a bulging 138,000 plus by 1969. The undisputed king of liberty ports in Asia, Olongapo’s nightclubs bloomed from 35 to over 300. Pay by play girls increased to over 8,000 while pay by the hour hotels zoomed to more than 200. All of this amazing expansion crammed into just over one acre of frenzy. Men who had been off the coast of Vietnam and people shore based made up the 9 to 14 thousand visitors to the city every night of the year. Most were on brief liberty passes after months at sea and others awaited transfer to Vietnam. The combination created a free spending environment that poured millions of dollars into Olongapo every month.

    My novel is not just for the millions who miss such a unique concentration of life, it is for those who never knew the Olongapo experience.

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  • Her Apparitions & Other Human Longings

    $9.99 Furtado, Lisa
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    LISA FURTADO’S Fatima is a young American girl of the 1980’s. She comes ‘of age’ in the disenfranchised era after the ‘Flower Power’ movement, as the daughter of a proud American military leader. Her father’s frequent absences, and strict, intolerant manner, drive Fatima, (and her mother) into different quests that take them from the mainstream of the American idealized family.

    Wanting to escape from both her parents’ obsessions (and her own inner urgings), Fatima strikes out on-her-own in the wild world, hoping to connect with an older, married man who has preceded her to Asia. In her back packing travels, Fatima is exposed to adventures that challenge her perceptions and require her to look from a new light at her pre-conceived notions of relationship, independence, self reliance, submission, rebellion and self worth.

    She is accompanied by a ghost of the atrocities that have been wreaked on Banda’s home country; and finds the contrast of devastation & rebirth, beauty & ravishment, despair & hope, intermingled in the lush greenery of Vietnam and Cambodia.

    Having fallen into traps of seemingly free choice; (sex, power, adoration, slavery, violence, drugs, political intrigue, and collapse), a devastated woman awakens in a hospital in Saigan, Vietnam. Here she reads Fatima’s diary, and her drug riddled, recuperating mind begins to piece together the truth of who she is, and of the values of life.

    The devastated woman’s drop into the seething abyss of life is the propellant that awakens her to the beauty of forgiveness, genuine love, values, and hope for fresh beginnings.

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