March 12

Only The Heart

Only the heartOnly the Heart by Brian Caswell and David Phu An Chiem, was published in 1997. It is allegedly based on David’s own life story as a refugee escaping Vietnam as a boat person.

Resources in our library:

823.09 CAS A student’s guide to Only the Heart by Brian Caswell and David Phu An Chiem by A.P. di Stephano

Online resources:

Two Prezi presentations about the novel. (Check the link to the full script at the bottom of the page). Presentation 1; Presentation 2

Interview with Brian Caswell.

Study guide (28p.)

Prezi presentation about the Vietnam Conflict

YouTube clip about Vietnamese boat people. (Although this is not a new film, it contains valuable insights into the refugees’ journey.)



2 thoughts on “Only The Heart

  1. person

    this is the worst book iv ever read. the author, Brian Caswell, does not know how to count as the book start in 1986 and 3 pages later you’re in 1976, this makes the book very confusing as you can not keep up with it and you’re like “are they dead or are they not dead?” the characters and the setting in the book are just like any book ever, as in they they live in a third world country, people are dying, they try to get out of the country on a boat, etc. the book also drags on and on about how strong Linh is and Toan looks up to every one. this book is horrible and you should stay as far away as possible from it.

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