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A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
Author: Robert Olen Butler
Robert Olen Butler's lyrical and poignant collection of stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on the Vietnamese was acclaimed by critics across the nation and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Now Grove Press is proud to reissue this contemporary classic by one of America's most important living writers, in a new edition of...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780140176643
ISBN-10: 0140176640
Publication Date: 6/1/1993
Pages: 272
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3.7 stars, based on 50 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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beautifully written. Poignant and inspirational.
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This book offers a nice variety of magical stories from Vietnamese stories about people coming from there and those who live here. I really learned quite abit about the richness of the culture.
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I'm not generally a short story reader. However, this collection was very interesting. I don't know if the author has caught an authentic Vietnamese voice, but he did present a culture in its similarities and differences to U.S. culture.
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This is the book to go to if someone wanted to study how an author can use different "voices." Lovely. All of the stories work off of one another to make each other more powerful than they would have been if read individually, and I can't imagine something like that to be easy to accomplish.
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Finished reading the 1993 Pulitzer Prize winning "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain". It was different and I really liked it a lot, just wish that one of its 15 short stories had been omitted. It dragged on and on and on and I started having Moby Dick flashbacks whilst reading it, plus the fact that this particular story was right near the end of the book left me with a sort of blah feeling when I finished the book. But really it was a fabulous book!! It's just too bad about that blah feeling at the end.
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This collection of short stories has the neat perspective of Vietnamese Americans living in LA. I really enjoyed learning bits of the rich culture and diversity within this group of people.


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