The novel recounts his background in the war through the perspective of the soldier Kien.
Both Kien and Jimmy Cross, used their love back home as a way to escape from the horrors of war. Even though they were from different sides of the world, Kien and Cross shared similar experiences during the war.
Both found themselves fighting with the same motivation, using their love to keep them alive and to survive until the end of war. For one of them, this motivation was a major distraction, but for the other it is the only thing that kept him alive.
It is the memories of the last ten years that wasted his youth and that of his countrymen and continues to affect life after the war. During the war Kien used his affection for Phuong, his lover, back home to help him push forward to the end, instead of surrendering to the inevitability of defeat.
Kien and Phuong were truly in love. Before the war they were inseparable; together they were not only lovers but also best friends.
Growing up, Kien did not have a positive relationship with his mother. Due to the absence of a loving mother, Kien searched for new maternal warmth through Phuong.
Kien desired affectionate contact, because he had been denied it when he was young. Phuong provided physical warmth to Kien. During the night at the lake, Kien refused to sleep with her, yet he had a feeling of completion and relief just from lying there with her.
Phuong kept Kien stable, and most importantly gave his life a sense of fulfillment. He makes it sound like she had been with Kien when she left, but in reality she left from the apartment next to his. When she left, it tore him apart and he desperately wanted things to go back to the way they were when he was a child.
All the suffering that Kien endured from the loss of life, youth, family, and love were all in vain. The future that he had fought and hoped for in the war never materializes when the fighting is over. The Things They Carried provides a different viewpoint from the love and war perspective.
Jimmy Cross found himself in a different position than Kien. He cherished the letters that Martha sent him.
Martha was all that he thought about. Was Martha a virgin? Does she actually love him? Questions were always running through his head leaving him tormented, and with no answers.The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam, by Bao Ninh, was first published in Vietnam in ; its first English translation came in Bao was born in Hanoi, Vietnam, in Bao was born in Hanoi, Vietnam, in The Sorrow of War (Vietnamese: Nỗi buồn chiến tranh) is a novel by the Vietnamese writer Bảo Ninh.
The novel was Ninh's graduation project at the Nguyen Du Writing School in Hanoi.  It tells the story of a soldier who is collecting dead bodies after a battle and then begins to think about his past.
The Sorrow of War: Supervised Writing In the novel, “The Sorrow of War” by Bao Ninh, takes readers into an inside look of the tragedy and horror of the Vietnam war and the lives of the soldiers and their families.
One of the major themes in . Writing as A Form of Healing in The Sorrow of War In the novel The Sorrow of War, author Bao Ninh writes about his experiences during the Vietnam War. Ninh served in the 27th Youth Brigade in the North Vietnamese Army . In the Sorrow of War, Kien is the lone survivor of his North Vietnamese brigade and this book is his memories of the war.
It is the memories of the last ten years that wasted his youth and that of his countrymen and continues to affect life after the war.
The Sorrow of War Report IB English Semester Two Literature in Translation Stage 1: Reading TEXTS • The Sorrow of War, Bao Ninh (novel) • The Collected Stories of Franz Kafka • Antigone, Sophocles (play) Stage 2: The Interactive Oral The Purpose Your chief goal is to explore the context of the works you are reading.