Napalm and Chewing Gum

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Napalm and Chewing gum is the story of a brother and sister who live in a shanty town outside Hue, in Vietnam. They have recently left school. Su gets a job in Uncle Four Elbow's karaoke bar, not realising he is grooming her for a life of prostitution. Her brother plans to get rich by recovering war relics from the Demilitarised Zone. He will soon discover some relics still have the power to kill. More

Available ebook formats: epub mobi pdf rtf lrf pdb txt html

First 20% Sample: epub mobi (Kindle) lrf more Online Reader
About Anthony Ginn

Happily married since 1970. Two grown up naughty boys. Worked as road sweeper, kiln fireman in toilet factory, social security officer, schoolteacher for eight years, journalist, technical author, editor of all sorts of things, poet, musician, pavement artist, door to door salesman etc. Well travelled. Advised Labour Party on IT education policy. Organised rock concert for first red nose day. Organised "Poets Against the War" and delivered 10,000 anti-war poems to Tony Blair. Vegetarian. Old hippy. You should get the picture by now.

Readers of This Book Also Read


Review by: Craig Clarke VIII on April 9, 2012 :
Just finished this entertaining novel by Anthony Ginn. It has given me a surprisingly nice warm feeling inside and I enjoyed every page. Not often I read a book in a couple of sittings, but just couldn’t put it down – that is a lot more dedicated than it sounds as I downloaded it and read it on my laptop (perhaps the warm feeling is from my fried legs). Great observations on a complex Vietnamese culture change by war and tourism interwoven with some snippets on the meaning of life. Great read.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Tomas Sterner on April 4, 2012 :
I read a draft of this book a few years ago and have been trying to persuade Anthony to publish it every since. It seems that he finally listened to me! I will now read it again on my tablet but I have fond memories of an engaging story that combines the qualities of the author: strong humour and strong warmth. I have never been to Vietnam but Anthony's story took me there for free and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. A must read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Garry Bruckner on April 3, 2012 :
I read, "Napalm and Chewing Gum" and enjoyed it very much. I think it is a great story and Anthony did a superb job developing the characters in the story. It was easy to get drawn into their life, their thoughts and desires and really care for them. As a soldier, I didn't get much chance to actually learn the customs of the Vietnamese and found it all very interesting. The Shop of the Dead and the Lucky Money being burnt to send to their ancestors, the superstitions that were part of their daily life. Seems like a bit of a hardship for people so poor having to spend money on items to burn for their ancestors and yet all so revervent and comforting to them. The story helps the reader realize the importance of these rituals in the lives of the Vietnamese families. Struggling to make some kind of decent life in a country so often torn by war, I really admire their resolve and ability to find peace and happiness when allowed, when not getting caught between opposing forces. This story helps the reader identify with the hardships, the tension and the great joy during better times.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Report this book