For many nights, the thinking had suddenly wakened him up from the
feeling that he was floating, and he stayed wide awake right after that,
even some time through to the next night.
When N opened the letter box, he found it lying amid some newspapers.
It read: "A writ will arrive in a few days. Get ready!" Seeing her
husbands dejected face, his wife, who was sweeping the floor, asked:
Finally, spring passed rapidly. The light green tender buds began
turning darker. The last yellow leaves were gently floating down to the
ground. A hot gust of Laotian wind started to blow over the high
mountain range into the Vietnamese lowlands.
It got dark quite early. The news about the storm was still on the
radio. The bonze and Sang had dinner earlier than usual. The praying
also happened earlier.
Under these circumstances, he was filled with rage. To the best of his
knowledge, most of his compatriots only thought of their own way of
living: to get rich, then increase their initial capital by up to three
or four times.
Xuan loved Hoa more than a mother. Xuan knew that it was not a good
comparison, but she loved to think about it in that way. Hoa insisted
that her mother not come over to her or organise a wedding for her at
home. She did not even send her mother a photo of her future husband.
Coc Xa were the last two words in Antoine's diary, which Madame
Jacqueline handed over to Ham, the elderly guide of the French tour
group. They indicated a far-away locality in northern Viet Nam where a
crucial fight between the Vietnamese and French forces took place over
forty years ago.
The girl and I rode a bicycle up a hill and then downhill, turning right
to where there was a hill of pine trees. We got into a lane running
between the lush green pine trees.
Walking by her side was little Y, who sold passers-by lottery tickets
to earn money. In wrinkled clothes with unkempt hair, they elbowed their
way through the crowd.
He crawled again along the bed of sweet potatoes to see if there was any
bamboo cylinder left, even though he had only a glimmer of hope.
Without water, those children would die.