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By Ocean Vuong On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous Paperback - 1 Sept 2020 Paperback – Jan. 1 2020
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A Beautiful, Wrenching NovelReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021
Ocean Vuong is a poet who brings his art to fiction. This novel tells the complex story of how a boy learns to define himself as a loving, full person despite being a "one-use boy." The novel juxtaposes scenes of abuse and complicated family love with the boy's own violent yet loving relationship with another damaged child. The language is lush, emotional, hard-edged. It's a novel about being treated as the "other"--a Vietnamese American, gay, poor, brilliant--and yet creating the ability to see the world as beautiful. The book speaks for all of us trying to make our way.
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Extraordinary, intriguing and poetic book!Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2022
The novel is in the form of a moving letter written by the narrator to his mother about his life growing up in a small American town with her and her mother, both immigrants from Vietnam, and about important parts of his life his mother was unaware of. Some of the narrator's memories are fragmented, others are crystal clear; they all come together marvelously at the end.
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Received Different EditionReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2022
The book I received didn’t have the same cover as the product image on this listing. So, that was a bummer and a bit deceiving.
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