Not just tears. It broke me up.
Maybe it was just the day, or my mood, which seemed just fine before. I guess the fact that this story could move me so deeply is a good sign that I haven't lost a sense of empathy yet. But it is a Most Emailed story on the NPR site, so others must be having the same response too.
It's a Vietnamese diary found from the Vietnam War, and it's being compared to The Diary of Anne Frank. It's a bestseller in Vietnam, and should be coming out in the U.S. next year. Watch for it, called "Last Night I Dreamed of Peace."
Don't just read the link. Listen to it. The very last diary entry that ends the piece is where I just lost it.
A Wartime Diary Touches Vietnamese
The Diary's U.S. Publication
The diary of Dang Thuy Tram is scheduled to be published in September 2007 under the title Last Night I Dreamed of Peace. It's being translated by Andrew Pham and Thong Van Pham, with an introduction by Frances Fitzgerald. The publisher is Harmony Books, a unit of Random House.
All Things Considered, November 15, 2006 · President Bush travels to Vietnam this week for a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. He's the second U.S. president to visit communist Vietnam since the war ended in 1975.
In Vietnam, the publication of a wartime diary written by an idealistic young doctor has captured the imagination of readers, and become a runaway best-seller. The diary of Dang Thuy Tram was rescued from destruction by an American soldier.