Gary L. Edgar - The Drifting Clouds
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.
Join Gary L. Edgar for the launch of The Drifting Clouds: The Epic Journey to Freedom of Tran Van Tuan.
This is the story of Tran Van Tuan, a Vietnamese man struggling to survive through wars, six decades of hardship, and the ever-present threat of death, so he could realise his dreams.
Born in North Vietnam during World War II, Tuan is abandoned in infancy by his father. The family is forced to flee the post-war fighting between the returned French colonialists and the Viet Minh nationalists. A harrowing period as refugees ends with the defeat of the French and the family exodus to Saigon.
Journey with Tuan through the desperate years of what the Vietnamese call "the American War," the death of his beloved mother, his fight to educate himself and rise above poverty, his eventual marriage, and the chaos and drama of the fall of Saigon to the Communists.
Tuan clings to the dream of freedom as he faces the threat of execution, forced labour camps, the collapse of his marriage, and a final daring escape by boat that almost ends in death.
Repatriated to Australia from a Malaysian refugee camp, he strives against the odds once again to fulfil his destiny as an artist, committed to portraying the sufferings of his generation through his visionary canvases.
Compelling, courageous, and immensely touching, The Drifting Clouds speaks simply, yet eloquently of the indomitable nature of the human spirit that sustains hope even in the darkest hours.
Brisbane-based freelance writer Gary L. Edgar's early career was in advertising agencies as an art director, photographer, copywriter, video director and creative director.
He has freelanced as a writer for the last 38 years, producing a wide range of commercial copy, video scripts and magazine articles. His previous book Making A Century was an independent publication commissioned by the Toowoomba Preparatory School as part of its centenary celebrations.
In writing The Drifting Clouds Gary has drawn on many interviews with Tuan himself, extensive background research and his personal experiences from two trips through Vietnam.