Yes, it is hard, but life is hard, and the author has humility and he knows that he is only one of many, many others who has lived such horror. The consequences are unimaginable when there is so much animosity toward anything American. Showing the truly frightening side of communism and racism, the only saving grace is that the reader knows how the story ends: Ships from and sold by Amazon. In the past month, I have lost everything I have ever had.

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I agree the unwanted kien nguyen him that it is important for him to tell his story, so we can see the effects of the Vietnam War on its people, and to understand that the war didn’t end once the Americans pulled out.

But how could they? But eventually, after years and years and years, he is finally rescued and comes to the States through a program for Amerasian kids. I couldn’t put it down. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? View all 4 comments. Who needs to read about sadness and despair, inhumanity? This book is not for the faint of heart, but there are not many accounts of life in post-Vietnam war Vietnam.

This book will break your heart so many times. But, as the story progressed, I thought more and more about the other Amerasians I had encountered.

He is then taken to a re-education camp, where he is treated in a most inhumane manner for several months. Apr 26, Christine rated it really liked it.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I tried to explain it to my children, who are always interested in the stories I read. Now Kien and his family are unsanted to living in a smaller the unwanted kien nguyen, next door to the resentful and hateful Aunt O.

The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood

She is assertive, authoritarian, a woman who performed in front of her guests, prideful, and had two children out of wedlock. Nov 08, Stephen Gallup rated it it was amazing. When her financial stability and status were taken away the walls she had made came crumbling down. Feb 25, Tari rated it it was amazing Recommended to Tari by: However, I feel like Nguyen’s story is similar to many people who have written memoirs about their impoverished childhoods in war torn countries.

Book Summary – The Unwanted

I came to know and care very much about him while reading his story and I would be very interested in reading how he overcame this kind of childhood to the unwanted kien nguyen as well-adjusted as he seems to be.

Because his mother was once at the top of society, she is punished in the new Communist regime, and has to give everything up to pr Kien Nguyen isn’t much older than my husband, but the horror he lived through in Vietnam as a child is far beyond the scope of any American’s imagination.

The consequences are unimaginable when there is so much animosity toward anything American.

This story details the hardships and tragedies suffered by the Vietnamese people under the rule of the Communist Vietcong. Reccomended reading for all. Make it the jnwanted book you read. There were many harsh moments in Ken’s life, much that could only be explained as depravitymeanes, the rot that conquerors sink into.


Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The shock of knowing how their extended family perceives them creates in Kien confusion and feelings of alienation because the reality he once knew was an illusion his mother had created.

Kien, a child of mixed race, was especially ostracized from the community. A Year on the Mekong.

The Unwanted by Kien Nguyen

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. He is flung into the role of being the man of the house, made responsible for the care and well-being of his siblings. These past few days had turned her into a reserved yet intelligent young woman. It provides a study of what happens to human relationships when the very the unwanted kien nguyen of civilization is turned on its head, unsanted a warning to those of us in the West that we must not take our inherited way of life for granted.

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