This is the novel’s central character who is known as the “Sorrowful Spirit.”
This is the main character’s primary love interest.
Cu, Thanh, Van, Vinh, Toan, Tam
They represent how normal people can be caught up in any War, and how War itself is more than just the people fighting within it.
The Mute Girl
This character has a failed love affair with Kien, but they later develop a friendship.
This character attempts to escape the war and return to his dream of a farm life.
This character is a young Vietnamese girl who attempts to help Kien and his platoon when they are lost in hostile territory during the war.
Kien's Mother and Father
These characters serve as foreshadowing elements of the horrors that are about to happen to their country.
The Sailor on the Train
This character represents the first...
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