Review of Quang Van Nguyen’s Fourth Uncle in the Mountain

Abandoned by his mother, who is unable to provide for him in a Vietnam riven by the grim struggle against colonialism, Quang van Nguyen is adopted by an elderly Buddhist doctor who specializes in Chinese style medicine, mixed with a variety of animist practices and with the aptitude to take care of all the people he comes across in an itinerant lifestyle. The doctor becomes a father to young Quang and encourages him to follow in his footsteps as a barefoot doctor, one who aims to possess nothing but who will occasionally accept gifts and hospitality from grateful patients.

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