The Sorrow Of War is a heart breaking tale of a North Vietnamese veteran of the Vietnam War with the U.S. It is filled with death, ghosts, and tragedy. It was so unflinching that I found it an extremely uncomfortable read. The narrative is composed of vignettes about the life of the narrator and his sweetheart right before, during, and after the war. These vignettes are narrated in no apparent temporal order, making it a little harder to follow the story, but this does not take away from the emotional impact of the work.