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Don't Break My Rice Bowl Robert H. Dodd

Don't Break My Rice Bowl By Robert H. Dodd

Don't Break My Rice Bowl by Robert H. Dodd

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A poignant novel highlighting the complexities, tragedies, and personal struggles faced during the Vietnam War. Eddie, an American civilian agricultural advisor, heads to Saigon as part of a US Government initiative to help win the 'Hearts and Minds' of the South Vietnamese. Through the lens of war, ambitions and dreams are forever changed.

Don't Break My Rice Bowl Summary

Don't Break My Rice Bowl: A beautiful and gripping novel, highlighting the personal and tragic struggles faced during the Vietnam War, bringing the late author and his 'forgotten' manuscript to life by Robert H. Dodd

All-Colour, Deluxe Hard Cover Edition ---- Feeling life is slipping him by, an American agriculturalist heads to Vietnam to try and make a difference in the lives of the people as part of President Johnson's 'Hearts and Minds' campaign. There's just one big problem - there's a war going on! ---- Eddie joins a small group of civilian advisors chosen to work with local farmers to help make Vietnam once again self-sufficient in rice. He is drawn to the adventure, the challenge, and the opportunity to make a difference, but he is leaving some problems behind. ---- His story continues with the ups and downs of cultural and tropical agriculture training in Washington DC and the Philippines, and then his assignment in the Gia Dinh province just outside Saigon. The stakes increase as the war intensifies and Eddie's connections in the country deepen, providing the backdrop for the cultural, political and personal struggles that unfold. ---- Although this is historical fiction, the late author's words are a nod to the memoir genre as his experiences in life overlap the place and time of the novel. Don't Break My Rice Bowl shines a light on a relatively unknown part of Vietnam War history as elements of Asian history and culture, Philippine and Vietnamese agriculture and rice farming, including the introduction of 'miracle rice', are woven into the challenges of being a civilian trying to work - and live - in a war zone. One might wonder, was Robert Dodd ahead of his time? The novel hints at things to come as ecology, conservation and biodiversity have become increasingly important topics. ---- The fragility of life was the late author's parting lesson; however, these words left behind were his ultimate gift. The additions of a poignant Foreword and Afterword, a rich Appendix, including book club questions, and the beautiful cover and 24 hand-painted chapter illustrations make this book something that will stir the emotions, giving you plenty to ponder or talk and even laugh about, leaving you with words and art to treasure. ---- The perfect read for a book club or to give as a gift; see and feel one man's story play out amid great outer and inner turmoil during a turbulent time in history. Buy this book and walk in another man's shoes. The ideal book to complement your Vietnamese and global history studies, including GCSE, A-Level and Undergraduate History and English Literature.

Don't Break My Rice Bowl Reviews

1) What a brilliant, moving and vivid through the looking glass book this is. An irresistible read; beautiful, cover to cover. -Gareth J. Mitchell, Presenter, BBC World Service 2) From the fundamentals of getting food on the table, to the role and impact of fathers, from ambitions to benevolence, not to mention a Godless war, there is something for everyone. If I were back in the classroom, I'd teach this book in a heartbeat. It would encourage a plethora of classroom conversation! -Nicholas M. Guarracino, Editor and former English Teacher 3) To the thousands of histories, memoirs, and novels of America's Vietnam Experience, this is a laudable addition, a descriptive, fast-paced story told from the point of view, not of a combatant, journalist or citizen, but by a civilian agricultural expert inspired by the miracle of rice. Eddie represents the America and the Americans who really wanted to make life better for the Vietnamese. This thought-provoking book deserves a place in the light (not in a dark drawer from where it came!). It is about survival, and so much more than a story of war. -Dr Peter J. Woolley, American Political Scientist. 4) The making of Don't Break My Rice Bowl brought Dad back to me, one more time. I never expected this. It feels like we have had one last conversation, one I thought we would never have. -Patricia Rykiel

About Robert H. Dodd

The primary author, Robert H. Dodd (1936-1987), spent his early years as a Geordie in South Shields, England, living in poverty on a working class street. World War II broke out when he was three - making him witness to the forceful German bombing campaign overhead. At nine he emigrated to America with his mother. After high school, Robert signed up for three years in the US Navy, closely followed by Cornell University to join the undergraduate 'Aggies' studying Biological & Agricultural Science. After graduation he began his career as a County Agricultural Agent in Upstate New York. From 1966 to 1987, he worked as an International Agricultural Advisor and Consultant. He received the USAID's Meritorious Honour Award for outstanding contributions to the Accelerated Rice Production Programme and the USA Medal of Civilian Service in Vietnam.

Table of Contents

Foreword * Prologue: The Jog * PART ONE * Hearts and Minds * RICE * Davinia and Rosita * PART TWO * Saigon, 'the Pearl of the Far East' * The Docks * Colonel Horst * The Orphanage * The Cooperative * Ted * Dynamo Will * Very Big Luck * Zoom * The VIPs * Carl * Village Piglets * Marshmallow and Cricket * House Party * PART THREE * Lunar New Year, 1968 * Deadly Believers * The Weed Killers * Evil Machine * Broken Rice Bowls * Face-Off * Love Song * Afterword * APPENDIX * A Vietnam Vet's Book Review * Character List * Writer Inspiration * Robert H. Dodd, Overseas Assignment Life * Acknowledgement and Thanks * Book Club Questions * The Team DBMRB Bios

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Don't Break My Rice Bowl: A beautiful and gripping novel, highlighting the personal and tragic struggles faced during the Vietnam War, bringing the late author and his 'forgotten' manuscript to life by Robert H. Dodd
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