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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

by Ocean Vuong | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9781529110685 Global Overview for this book
Registered by over-the-moon of Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on 12/2/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by over-the-moon from Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Saturday, December 2, 2023
Found in the Blécherette free library, where I was amused to see some of my own books released many months ago.

Journal Entry 2 by over-the-moon at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Wednesday, April 10, 2024
A lyrical letter to his mother from a Vietnamese/American man. At times almost unbearably sensual and intimate, at others distressing. I knew what was coming for the monkey scene, as a friend had witnessed the practice in Thailand, so I was prepared, but I can imagine that some readers would be shocked.
I'm not 100% convinced by the inclusion of many references to Tiger Woods, mainly there, I think, for ethnic comparisons, not for the golfing, but then there are many other references to Miles Davis, Etta James, books such as Sula, Barthes, and others. but the main threads are the memories of relationships with his mother Rose, grandmother Lan, teenage friend and companion Trevor.

Excellent writing from someone who is not of English mother tongue; not sure about the word "instinctually" which appears twice in pages quite close together.

Released 1 mo ago (5/4/2024 UTC) at Boîte à livres - Église du Valentin in Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland


Dans la boîte, côté gauche
In the free library, left-hand door

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