Cover to Cover Ep 12 with Portland Jones24 Mar 16
Shortlisted for the 2014 T.A.G. Hungerford Award, "Seeing the Elephant" is Portland Jones' debut novel.
The complex narrative moves between two time-frames and settings: present day Perth and the mid-1960s in the highlands of Vietnam. Minh, the primary narrator, suffering in his 60s from cancer, is overwhelmed by memories of the past. Frank, an Australian soldier in Vietnam to recruit and train men from the local hill tribes, is the other narrator. A deep friendship between the men develops while the terrible events of the conflict between north and south Vietnam escalate. Political and personal dramas unfold in this compelling novel, which is both tragic and life-affirming.
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