Back to Vietnam Tours of the Heart
R. Bruce Logan & Elaine Head
About the Book
Back to Vietnam Tours of the Heart is a memoir written in two voices. The literary duet sweeps the reader through the battle-torn history of beautiful, bewildering Vietnam and across the now recovering nation of contrasts and contradictions, beauty and blemishes.
Lauded in early reviews, the writing is vividly alive with detail. At times painful passages are softened by the warmth and humor of the writers. The characters who people the pages ; frightened young soldiers, forgiving survivors, heroes in wheel chairs, hungry villagers and proud grandmothers become friends with the writers and their readers. Veterans, Boomers and travellers of all ages will be drawn into the ancient culture and rich folklore of Vietnam.
The authors, Bruce Logan and Elaine Head, Canadian retirees, have crafted and intriguing tale of their struggles and delights in becoming volunteers in a third world country. They travelled to Vietnam to retrace Bruce’s steps as a young lieutenant in the 60’s and found peace and a new life purpose.
Readers have said:
“A significant book about the reconciliation possible between those who have been cast into bloody conflict ; a compelling story of one / American veteran and his wife who lind purpose by serving in Vietnam, forty years after the war. The renderings of the beauty of my country Vietnam and the warmth of our people are vividly interwoven with heart wrenching images of the poverty and illness that the authors encounter in our humanitarian work.”
–Le Ly Hayslip, author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace
“… a feast of a book. It doesn’t just talk about Vietnam it takes you there. This book simmers and shimmers with the smells, sounds, flavours, sights and insights of an endlessly fascinating people and their wonderful, ever surprising homeland. The authors sub-title their book Tours of the Heart. For the reader it’s a”tour de force,”
–Arthur Black, author and broadcaster