Ten Yrs After: Vietnam

Tim Page, Author Alfred A. Knopf $30 (114p) ISBN 978-0-394-56464-7
Photographer Page (Tim Page's Nam) here recounts in pictures a 1985 visit to Vietnam that ended at a 10th anniversary celebration of ""victory, unification and liberation'' in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). The photo-graphs are striking, as, for example, a shot from the sky of farms that look like any in Iowaexcept for the scattered, rain-filled bomb cratersand another of a homeless man recently released from a reeducation camp sleeping in a doorway. Page also captures the silent wrecks of American aircraft at Ton San Nhut airport, the natural beauty of the Vietnamese shore and mountains, and the many faces of the Vietnamese themselvesat different times cheerful, exhausted, wizened or dutiful. As Shawcross notes, ``Page found that the stark rigidities of the new communist government are softened by the easygoing nature of most of the Vietnamese.'' (October)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1987
Release date: 10/01/1987
Paperback - 114 pages - 978-0-394-75654-7
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