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Length: 255 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English Age Level: 18 - 18 Grade Level: 12 - 12

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Michael Kramer lied about his age when he joined the Australian Army in 1967. The Recruiting Officer said, "You are one year too young, but let's see what sort of initiative you have, if you are serious about this you will find a way." This resulted in the date of birth shown on his Naturalisation Certificate being altered from 01/03/47 to 01/03/46. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • Language : English
  • File size : 994 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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  • Print length : 255 pages
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Reviewed in Australia on 13 February 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Particularly expressions like, 'only citizenship certificate is cancelled
Reviewed in India on 13 November 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars Particularly expressions like, 'only citizenship certificate is cancelled
Reviewed in India on 13 November 2015
The semi-autobiographical of tale of three continents
by Michael Kramer breaks the myth
that it was only USA that launched an offensive in Vietnam;
Australia was also in league with USA
in the military engagement in Vietnam .
But it is not the story of war but the account of an individual
in times of war and peace with more orientation on the latter.
It is a linear story.
Michel Georg Kaspar Friedrich Lampmann
hails from a respectable family.
He is young.
He believes that success in life is his birthright.
The world around him extends success ,
but not before he burns his fingers several times
in the fires of discrimination due to his origin,
weird ways of the Government agencies,
and the mysterious and latent disease,
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(which perhaps every soldier
who fought in the war is bound to get)..
The disease gets diagnosed
not on an examination of his body
but from the health of his new-born daughter.
While taking a commission in Royal Australian Army
he commits one small blunder.
It proves to be too costly a mistake after forty years.
It costs him his driving license,
his employment
and his option to live in his chosen locality,
and above all,
his citizenship.
His military service ,his medals and his pension
all highlighted by the Press and his Army come to his rescue.
Mick serves the Army in its engagement in Vietnam
not to save the 'ashes of his fathers'
nor for guarding ' the temples of his gods'.
He registers a couple of victories
but wounded and accordingly discharged
with titles only to return home.
Autographical notes of the author strike in the novel extensively
in the description of guns used in the warfront
and details of his subject of studies of engineering.
Ultimately spring shows up on his face,
not after one summer but after many winters ----
winters of discontent and winters of desperation.
Some of the real happenings in the narration
bring instant laughter.
Mick's attempt to get loan for housing
(resonating with 'My Financial Career',
an essay by Stephen Leacock),
and his argument with the Passport Authorities
are laced in subtle humor.
Particularly expressions like ,
'only citizenship certificate is cancelled, and not the citizenship',
'This is in the name of Michael Lampmann ,
not Michael Georg Kaspar Friedrich Lampmann.'
make us slip into paroxysm of laughter.

That part of the climax, the melodramatic embroidery ,
referring to the Budhist monk
extends credibility for the title .
The style starts with story-telling mode
and progresses through conversational techniques.
I read the book in a single day.
with two intervals one for lunch
and another for siesta .
--that speaks for the narration .-----V.Gopalan,Chennai
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Ikay Moreno
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read!
Reviewed in the United States on 8 November 2015
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Michael G Kramer OMIEAust.
5.0 out of 5 stars Aussie Vietnam Vet has his Australian Citizenship Cancelled and now beats DIAC, resulting in regaining his Aussie citizenship.
Reviewed in the United States on 14 September 2016
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