The Circle of Hanh: A Memoir

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Grove Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
With all the breathtaking imagery and lyric fury that characterizes his acclaimed poetry, Bruce Weigl recounts his struggles in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, which tore his life apart and in return gave him his poetic voice. Upon his release from duty he turned to alcohol, drugs, and women, living for years in a confused purgatory until he discovered salvation in poetry and in the love of his wife and their son. Yet it was only through a harrowing journey back to Vietnam, to adopt his eight-year-old daughter, that Weigl was finally able to heal himself. Moving from childhood to the war to a final act of compassion and hope, The Circle of Hanh is a powerful re-creation of a deeply haunted life and, ultimately, a stunning work of redemption.

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#unreadshelfproject2019 - Not a bad read. I've always wanted to read about the Vietnam war and the aftermath and I think this was a good book to start with. It broke the ground in an easy to read ... Read full review

THE CIRCLE OF HANH: An Autobiography

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From acclaimed poet Weigl (After the Others, 1999), a deliberately turned and finely envisioned memoir, alternately harrowing and hopeful but consistently contemplative. In 1967 Weigl fled his ... Read full review


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