Fourth Uncle in the Mountain

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Fourth Uncle in the Mountain
  • Marjorie Pivar
  • English
  • 04 September 2017
  • 0312314310

About the Author: Marjorie Pivar

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Fourth Uncle in the Mountain Set During The French And American Wars In South Vietnam, Fourth Uncle In The Mountain Is The True Story Of An Orphan, Quang Van Nguyen, Adopted By A Sixty Four Year Old Monk, Thau, Who Carries Great Responsibility For His People As A Barefoot Doctor Thau Manages Against All Odds To Raise His Son To Follow In His Footsteps And In Doing So Saves Him, As Well As A Part Of Vietnam S Esoteric Knowledge From The Vietnam Holocaust Thau Is Wanted By The French Regime And Occasionally Must Flee In To The Jungle, Where He Is Perfectly At Home Living Among The Animals As Wise And Resourceful As Thau Is, He Meets His Match In His Mischievous Son Quang Is Interested In Learning Cambodian Sorcery And Martial Arts Than In Developing His Skills And Wisdom According To His Father S Plan Fourth Uncle In The Mountain Is An Odyssey Of A Single Father Folk Hero And His Foundling Son In A Land Ravaged By The Atrocities Of War It Is A Classic Story Complete With Humor, Tragedy, And Insight, From A Country Where Ghosts And Magic Are Real

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10 thoughts on “Fourth Uncle in the Mountain

  1. Jimmy says:

    This book is filled with ghosts, souls, spirits, magic, incantations, charms, sorcerers, sorcery That s both its strength and its weakness I mean am I supposed to believe some of this nonsense Once I start doubting, I start questioning the rest of the story It is the story of the orphan boy Quang Van Nguyen who is adopted by a 64 year old Buddhist monk He experiences the war with the French and then the Americans Although he is pretty much an observer He will flee Communist rule in Vietna This book is filled with ghosts, souls, spirits, magic, incantations, charms, sorcerers, sorcery That s both its strength and its weakness I mean am I supposed to believe some of this nonsense Once I start doubting, I start questioning the rest of the story It is the story of the orphan boy Quang Van Nguyen who is adopted by a 64 year old Buddhist monk He experiences the war with the French and then the Americans Although he is pretty much an observer He will flee Communist rule in Vietnam in 1987 and come to the US where he now lives in New Hampshire The Vietnamese loved a fermented fish sauce known as nuoc mam I could never get past the idea that it was fermented fish when I tried it over there It seemed awful to me, but I could never find anyone who was Vietnamese who felt the same way Here s how it was made by the inventor He put a lot of fish in a barrel and topped it off with salt After a few months it turned into sauce and bones Yummy The story of Chinh Co He took a gun from some Vietnamese soldiers, shot himself in the hand, nothing happened He told them to shoot him They resisted He encouraged A few brave ones fired at his feet and missed He told them to fire at his heart Soon they all did Nothing happened to him Someone suggested next time they use a grenade This story reminds me of the firing squad that tried to execute the Bab in the Bahai religion Vietnamese love poetry You are supposed to compose them on the spot Quang discusses doing tricks at parties Isn t the whole book one long magic trick In one battle, the VC warn the villagers of Tam Buu Tu from their underground tunnels that they are about to attack the Vietnamese soldiers So they all hide After several days of fighting, they come back and clean up the body parts He is told to throw a chicken into a bush which then eats the bird They started by feeding the small bush eggs until it could eat full grown chickens He cures one girl by getting the ghost out of her body and letting her soul get back in The villagers resent the tiger patch on soldiers shirts The tiger is known as Tuan Quan and represents peace not war He describes a Khmer Rouge slaughter where all in the village are raped and killed They flee in the 1980s The Communists take over their businesses to redistribute wealth All want to leave People caught escaping were sent to reeducation camps Pirates and storms kill others It took great courage to leave and years of waiting in refugee camps to find safety

  2. Colin says:

    Ah yes a mystical book indeed This memoir has many things I like woven into the drama of the conflicts in Vietnam The picture painted of vietnamese culture is full of magic, superstition, martial arts, tradition and some pretty funky sounding fish sauce Following the author from the day he was discovered abandoned in a busy market through many strange journeys and encounters His father, a powerful traditional healer, acting as a guiding hand throughout All in all a great book that gives you Ah yes a mystical book indeed This memoir has many things I like woven into the drama of the conflicts in Vietnam The picture painted of vietnamese culture is full of magic, superstition, martial arts, tradition and some pretty funky sounding fish sauce Following the author from the day he was discovered abandoned in a busy market through many strange journeys and encounters His father, a powerful traditional healer, acting as a guiding hand throughout All in all a great book that gives you a glimpse into a very foreign way of life, full of traditions refreshing for an American and wise monks from far off temples The only problem with this book is the somewhat sporadic writing style and the high level of typos not surprising considering the circumstances I still liked the book though and swept through it swiftly

  3. Pam Mcmahon says:

    I can only recall one other book that reached out and grabbed my soul to the same extent as Fourth Uncle, and that book is The Grapes of Wrath That is not to say there are similarities in the writing style or the story line only that there is such depth of humanity It begins during the French occupation of South Vietnam and carries through to the end of the Vietnam war and the fall to the Communist North As an autobiography of the son of a well respected monk and itinerant Chinese herbal med I can only recall one other book that reached out and grabbed my soul to the same extent as Fourth Uncle, and that book is The Grapes of Wrath That is not to say there are similarities in the writing style or the story line only that there is such depth of humanity It begins during the French occupation of South Vietnam and carries through to the end of the Vietnam war and the fall to the Communist North As an autobiography of the son of a well respected monk and itinerant Chinese herbal medicine doctor, the story takes you through an amazing account of not only the ravages of war on civilian populations, but is also an introduction to a culture steeped in mysticism and the possibilities of human consciousness It depicts the death of that culture, under the restrictive Communist rule but also revealed to me the extent to which the immigration of the Vietnamese people further increased Western awareness of Eastern religions and homeopathic medicine, both of which have caused a major shift in religious and, to some extent, medical practices in Western countries.Finally, as a teenager in the sixties, many close friends and relatives fought in the Vietnam war My own boyfriend enlisted and did two tours In his letters, he downplayed what was happening and I was only too happy to go along with it the reality was too horrible to contemplate It was not until many years later that I allowed myself to comprehend the horrors of that war and all wars To then be taken through the events from the perspective of the Vietnamese people and the devastation and violence they suffered, I can only say there has to be another way to resolve conflicts at this point in human evolution

  4. Ellen says:

    Fourth Uncle In The Mountain The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam co authored by Quang Van Nguyen and Marjory Pilar is a richly remembered and beautifully told life in which tradition survives the ravages of war The writing is superbly present The jungle air wrapped around me and welcomed me back There was a hum, a melody, and a fragrance I remembered the sounds had ears, and would hush in an instant at the firing of a gun Quang Van Nguyen saved the life of t Fourth Uncle In The Mountain The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam co authored by Quang Van Nguyen and Marjory Pilar is a richly remembered and beautifully told life in which tradition survives the ravages of war The writing is superbly present The jungle air wrapped around me and welcomed me back There was a hum, a melody, and a fragrance I remembered the sounds had ears, and would hush in an instant at the firing of a gun Quang Van Nguyen saved the life of the co author s son perhaps this is why the book feels like a devotion

  5. Elizabeth says:

    This is another book that I ve read twice It has helped me realize that my view of reality and the West s view of medicine is far from complete I was amazed the the medical applications mentioned in the book and liked learning about the Viet Nam War from the perspective of the South Vietnamese How lucky I have been not to live where I m a tool in someone else s political war

  6. Pat says:

    A memoir, a history, a book of secrets, sorcerers, and spirituality This is the story of Nguyen Van Quang from his birth in Vietnam in 1950 until his immigration to the US Woven through the account of one wise man attempting to teach his mischievous son to follow in his footsteps as a widely respected and beloved barefoot doctor, there is rich, magical lore and the complex worlds of traumatized souls and ghosts cloud snakes the realms of cac dan little people , various demons, and spirits A memoir, a history, a book of secrets, sorcerers, and spirituality This is the story of Nguyen Van Quang from his birth in Vietnam in 1950 until his immigration to the US Woven through the account of one wise man attempting to teach his mischievous son to follow in his footsteps as a widely respected and beloved barefoot doctor, there is rich, magical lore and the complex worlds of traumatized souls and ghosts cloud snakes the realms of cac dan little people , various demons, and spirits from the Forbidden Mountain We receive directions for drinking urine for its medicinal qualities put Tiger Balm on the rim of the cup and read how to identify the gender of drowning victims men float face down, women face up The story is packed with detail The writing, a collaboration between Quang and Margorie Pivar, a Vermont Shiatsu therapist, is a generosity of effort and spirit Possibly because of the inherent difficulty of transmitting the experience of one culture to another very different culture, the pacing feels off to me Fourth Uncle is a holy man and Quang s most revered teacher Quang s grandfather found the Fourth Uncle meditating in a cave on Forbidden Mountain, in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam In 1860 No typo Eighteen sixty He became Quang s most revered teacher, and Quang apprenticed with him in the caves for 4 years And ultimately this is what the book is about father and son barefoot doctors practicing esoteric arts, acupuncture, herbal pharmacology and energetic diagnosis and healing It s about their service and responsibility to the villages, treating routine medical needs and then the carnage that resulted from atrocities that were visited upon their land It s a detailed, amazing account of a life and a lineage through an era known in the US as the Vietnam war

  7. Tina Stroh says:

    Loved it Nice mix of history, spirituality, mysticism and superstition A tale of a true healer I have had a fascination with faith healing and studied it in Madagascar so I devoured this book.

  8. Zano Smith says:

    Good climatic personal story of magic and religious living Also provides insight into the ordinary Vietnamese persons struggle during the war.

  9. Rosanne says:

    Very interesting to say the least Lots of mystical stuff going on This guy lives in the US now, wish closer to me

  10. Rah~ri says:

    Nate I still think U should call the Aliens to come and get u instead of investigating shamanism Once you start investigating They Will Come And Get You Anyway But if your still interested in that stuff, Maybe you should check this one out Not for the writing but to see some of the cross over in approaches taken in other cultures Kind of goes in line with some of the stuff Vizenor talks about May seem a bit sensational to lot s of folks unless they ve been exposed to Nate I still think U should call the Aliens to come and get u instead of investigating shamanism Once you start investigating They Will Come And Get You Anyway But if your still interested in that stuff, Maybe you should check this one out Not for the writing but to see some of the cross over in approaches taken in other cultures Kind of goes in line with some of the stuff Vizenor talks about May seem a bit sensational to lot s of folks unless they ve been exposed to weird shit themselves and of course some of it probably is over the top then again who am i to say I would have liked to have met the author though,Think he was teaching acupuncture for a while here in the states if my memory serves correctly.He reminds me of older folks that used to be in my life, lot of similarities to some of the cambodian customs Was given a copy of this when it was first printed and it was an enjoyable QUICK read Going to reread it and see what i see now then, if you like, will send it your way