Book Reviews of Catfish and Mandala : A Two-Wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam

Catfish and Mandala : A Two-Wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
Catfish and Mandala A Two-Wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
Author: Andrew X. Pham
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ISBN-13: 9780312267179
ISBN-10: 0312267177
Publication Date: 9/2/2000
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 42 ratings
Publisher: Picador
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Catfish and Mandala : A Two-Wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I loved this book. I could not put it down.
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There was more to this book than I expected. It is not necessarily a quick read, but rather like a journal, slow in some places and jumping forward in others. How can we see the films of helicopters leaving Vietnam, as the people on the ground grab hold and beg the soldiers to stay or to take them; and not ask how/why and what did we (our country) do in Vietnam.
Pham's father was a Vietcong prisoner, the family escaped Vietnam and settled in the U.S. Each of these stories is touched upon, enough to give the reader some idea of their situation. Also covered is the trip through present day Vietnam, how the country has fared and how the people view him and his family, having left.
My husband is also reading this book. As a fellow back-pack type traveler, in out- of-the-way places, he is enjoying the memoir.
reviewed Catfish and Mandala : A Two-Wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam on + 55 more book reviews
Fantastic book! I've given copies to everyone I like and some people I don't like. Everyone loves it!
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This is one of the most moving and interesting books I have ever read. Everyone I lent it to loved it. It is on my list of favorite books. I just don't understand the poor reviews.
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Has a lot of highlighting/markings in it.