It is not every day that we have the opportunity to read the memoirs of a Vietnamese politician, so I was eager to read “Family, Friends and Country – Memoirs of Nguyen Thi Binh”. And, how should I say, my thoughts were quite complicated after reading the book.
First of all, I have to say that I was quite looking forward to seeing Mrs. Binh’s perspective on the Vietnam War, her stories about her exceptional diplomatic life, and of course her wish. see what made Nguyen Thi Binh human.
When reading the memoirs of Mrs. Binh, it is not difficult to recognize the image of the woman who was once called the “Viet Cong queen” by the West, her style of writing, writing and thinking shows. an iron will, her steadfast belief in communist ideals and what she believes in, a rather fierce character, ready to face any challenge and not mind any difficulty, but the foundation of all these “iron” things is the special softness and grace of a woman, it is not difficult to recognize, the love she keeps in her heart is the source of strength that made the strong woman she showed the world.
But, we can hardly expect anything different from what we were taught about the Vietnam War. After all, Ms. Binh was a Communist, and she was absolutely loyal to her ideals, so what she wrote in her memoirs fully expressed those ideals and beliefs of hers. I’ve seen the 5-episode documentary “Paris Agreement” that VTV1 aired a few years ago, and most of what Mrs. Binh recorded in her memoirs about the war was no different from the documentary film. That being said, her view or perspective on the war, in my opinion, is not really convincing. From beginning to end of her memoir, she made her clear stance on the Vietnam war, but in her beautiful assertions in her somewhat ambivalent answers, I didn’t really notice. Is it really her true thoughts or what is written down is still partly influenced by the common ideal. In addition, as she said at the beginning of her memoirs, that “there are stories that I hesitate to tell or not, which are beneficial to the people, friends, and country”, and indeed It wouldn’t be hard to see that hesitation in the pages of her memoirs. Ms. Binh uses the pronoun “we” more than “I” in her memoirs, she also uses the words “generally”, “generally”, “generally”, etc. her personality and individuality, which suggests to some extent that she is still telling stories that “we knew,” “we were taught,” and not really memoirs.
I expected more of a memoir, something more personal than such generalities. Therefore, although she greatly admires her for the work she has done for the country in the positions she has held, her tireless efforts to contribute to society and create a better living environment for everyone. , the good qualities that we can see in her, the harmony and simplicity are very feminine but not because of that, less drastic, strong, resilient; but I still can’t appreciate her memoir, because I was really looking forward to such personal stories. All I can say about that memoir is that the writer is really a person who is honest and loyal to her ideals, because honesty doesn’t allow her to lie but loyalty also doesn’t allow her to react. her ideals or beliefs, she therefore tried to be as honest as possible in this memoir of hers. Someone said, Mrs. Binh had great faith in her organization, in the ideals of the war, so she wrote a memoir full of that spirit, but I think, if she didn’t have that belief, , we wouldn’t have Nguyen Thi Binh, no story about a woman who made history, and the truth is, she tried to be as honest with her readers as possible. However, in the future, we still have the right to look forward to more personal memoirs, showing more multi-dimensional perspectives, without the writer having to try to do anything.