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GOLDEN TORTOISE, THE
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The Golden Tortoise takes readers on journeys through Viet Nam today, visiting its sights to replace images of suffering with images of healing. It records the fascinating, rapid, hopeful and troubling changes taking place in Viet Nam today as it heals its war legacy and struggles with the transition from a society that was closed, controlled and rural to one that is open, consumer and technology-driven. Tick writes of battlefields, Buddhist shrines, schools and villagers, expressing himself in the haibun form of Basho that combines travel narrative with poetry. As an Asian form of travel writing, it is ideally suited to his exquisite report on a pilgrimage where we may walk tedious miles for one moment that revivifies the soul.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Poetry, Pilgrimage, and Healing from War
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. Return to Sacred Mountain
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Poetry and the Healing Journey
  2. pp. 7-9
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  1. Return to Sacred Mountain
  2. pp. 11-22
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  1. I: Viet Nam
  2. pp. 13-22
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  1. II: Thailand
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. III: Floating Upriver
  2. pp. 25-36
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  1. Lady Black Mountain
  2. pp. 27-37
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  1. Tuyen
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Green
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Water Lillies
  2. pp. 29-41
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  1. A Veteran’s Return
  2. pp. 30-32
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  1. Marble Mountain
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. My Lai
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Snapshots
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Ha Noi
  2. pp. 35-52
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  1. IV: Ice Moon Setting
  2. pp. 37-54
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  1. Rush Hour
  2. pp. 39-55
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  1. Tanks
  2. pp. 40-56
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  1. Massage Girl
  2. pp. 41-57
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  1. Cyclo Driver
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. War Relics Market
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Prayer
  2. pp. 44-62
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  1. Night on the Sai Gon River
  2. pp. 45-63
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  1. Tay Ninh Snapshots
  2. pp. 46-64
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  1. Delta Daughter
  2. pp. 47-65
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  1. Duty
  2. pp. 47-65
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  1. The Veteran Awakens
  2. pp. 48-66
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  1. Ice Moon
  2. pp. 49-67
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  1. Vung Tau
  2. pp. 50-68
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  1. In the Niet Ban Temple
  2. pp. 50-68
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  1. VC Memory
  2. pp. 51-69
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  1. My Lai Guide
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Hospitality
  2. pp. 52-71
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  1. Closed
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. Hoi An Noon
  2. pp. 54-74
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  1. Reunion
  2. pp. 55-75
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  1. Quartermaster’s Memory
  2. pp. 56-76
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  1. The Pass Above the Clouds
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. In A Mountain Pass
  2. pp. 58-78
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  1. Thien Mu Pagoda
  2. pp. 59-79
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  1. Song of the Vietnamese Women
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. Lullaby
  2. pp. 62-82
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  1. V: The Legend of King Le Loi
  2. pp. 63-84
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 65-85
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  1. The Legend of King Le Loi
  2. pp. 66-75
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  1. Notes to The Legend of King Le Loi
  2. pp. 76-78
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  1. VI: River of Peace
  2. pp. 79-81
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  1. Conversation in the Jungle
  2. pp. 82-102
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  1. Meditation at Dawn
  2. pp. 83-103
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  1. Massage Girl—2
  2. pp. 84-104
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  1. Farming
  2. pp. 85-105
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  1. Long-haired Warrior
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. Kindergarten
  2. pp. 87-107
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  1. On A Pleiku Street
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. Highlands Church
  2. pp. 89-109
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  1. Vespers
  2. pp. 89-109
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  1. Mountain Guide
  2. pp. 90-110
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  1. The Road to Dak To
  2. pp. 91-93
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  1. O.R. Nurse
  2. pp. 94-114
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  1. My Lai Guide-2
  2. pp. 94-114
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  1. On Dragon Mountain
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. Remembering Willy
  2. pp. 96-117
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  1. In the Pagoda
  2. pp. 97-118
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  1. Hue Symphony
  2. pp. 97-98
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  1. Windy Tomb
  2. pp. 99-120
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  1. Que Huong
  2. pp. 100-121
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  1. Song of A Grieving Mother
  2. pp. 101-122
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  1. DMZ
  2. pp. 101-104
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  1. Village in the City
  2. pp. 104-105
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  1. Last Day in Ha Noi
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. After the Sword
  2. pp. 108-110
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