Paradise of the Blind


Hang, the protagonist, journeys on a train to visit her Uncle Chinh. While on the train she remembers her life and various stories about her family through flashbacks.

Major characters

  • Hang
  • Que
  • Aunt Tam
  • Uncle Chinh
  • Ton

Important Symbols

  • Que's Roof
  • Hang's Earrings
  • Cripple's Song
  • Duckweed Flowers
  • The Fog
  • Aunt Tam's House
  • Que's Accident

Major Issues

  • Beauty and Cruelty of Vietnamese Culture
  • Strength/Suffering of Women under Confucian ideologies
  • Duplicity of Self Sacrifice vs. Paranoia
  • Food as a symbol of Human Expression
  • Lack of individuality

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