MãnBook - 2014
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lydia_holmes221 Aug 07, 2017
Thuy's prose is like a kiss on the forehead, like prose you come home to.
This book is about food and the power food has over us. It's Marcel Proust's scene on madeleines, if the prose was sparse and exactly what it needed to be. It's about history, the Vietnam War, immigration, nostalgia and... Read More »
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A great many books in French or English had been confiscated during the years of political chaos. We would never know the fate of those books, but some did survive, in pieces. We would never know what road whole pages had travelled, only to end up in the hands of merchants who used them to wrap bread, a catfish or a bunch or water spinach.
When Luc’s gaze was on me, I had that same impression of exclusion, where the things around me disappeared and the space between us contained my whole life.
Lan had always behaved as if she were invisible, to avoid intrusive eyes. She carried an umbrella in her purse to hide from the sun, snow, rain and people, and indoors she would disappear behind an open book.
success attracts thunderbolts, which was why particularly beautiful newborns were given hideous names. Parents would call them such things as “dwarf” or “gnome” or “corkscrew” (a reference to a pig’s tail), and families tricked the gods by referring to them as ugly, loathsome, forgettable. Otherwise, they’d have attracted the attention of jealous wandering spirits, capable of casting evil spells.
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