KINDLE [On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous]


  • Hardcover
  • 246
  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
  • Ocean Vuong
  • English
  • 14 December 2018
  • 9780525562023

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characters On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous review ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ocean Vuong Ocean Vuong ´ 0 Free download Parts of his life his mother has never known all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son it is also a brutally honest exploration of race class and masculinity Asking uestions central to our American moment immersed as we are in addiction violence and trauma but undergirded by compassion and tenderness On Earth We're. So you go to a high end restaurant with an elaborate tasting menu You are served dishes with fancy names that involve sublimated beetroot gel and deconstructed potato foam and though the experience is uniue and artisanal you go home feeling unsated My experience with this novel in a nutshellAt first glance Vuong s book has all the ingredients of a winning novel lyrical writing fascinating themes a topical premise Taking the form of a long confessional letter from a young Vietnamese immigrant to his illiterate mother the novel explores race otherness and ueer identity What s not to love Sadly the book ultimately felt hollow and unsatisfying due to its performative uality On Earth reads like the product of a writer modeling his work on the idea of the serious literary novel having reverse engineered a novel out of a checklist of common criteria One can almost hear the author plotting in the background If I intersplice this historical chapter with scenes of animal torture it will be so literary The result feels forced and highly manufactured full of writing designed to distance and impressEven the lyrical writing which at first appears the novel s strongest suit turns out to be an emperor without clothes The text is continually yearning reaching grasping trying to extract profundity out of moments without actually saying much A sampler A page turning is a wing lifted with no twin and therefore no flight And yet we are moved Do I sound harsh I hope not If I could speak to Vuong directly I would say thisYou do not have to fold your story into a mould that you think will appeal to a literary elite Drop the pretension Shed the performance and we may find underneath all those layers a uniue and valuable testamentMood AffectedRating 5510Also on Instagram

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characters On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous review ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ocean Vuong Ocean Vuong ´ 0 Free download Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one's own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heardWith stunning urgency and grace Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are The uestion of how to survive and how to make of it a kind of joy powers the most important debut novel of many years. Recently when I have opened my Goodreads web page it has seemed to be full of people giving a lot of stars to this book and singing its praises in glowing reviewsI opened the book with high hopesOn Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous uses a fragmented narrative to tell or perhaps explore is a better word the life of Little Dog a son born to Vietnamese immigrants into the USA The reader gradually pieces together the story of Little Dog s mother Rose and grandmother Lan along with Little Dog s own experiences growing up especially his teenage love affair with TrevorOcean Vuong is an award winning poet and this is very evident in this his first novel Many of the narrative fragments read like poetry and it feels as though every word has been agonised over before being committed to paperI should have loved this book I have said time and time again that I look for atmosphere above plot in a book and Vuong s fragmentary poetic style certainly works through atmosphere and imagery rather than story telling It is the reader s job to compile the storyBut somehow I just could not engage with the book at all I think it was partly the effort that has clearly gone into the writing Each word has been polished to become so perfect that the overall effect seems to hide the content from the reader well from this reader rather than draw them in For me reading this felt like trying to penetrate a shell that would not yield to reveal its contents That shell is undoubtedly beautiful but I feel I am only admiring the exterior not the heart which for a book so personal and intense seems self defeating Part of the problem I had is that the book is framed as a letter from the narrator to his mother But it is made clear early on that the mother is illiterate so we know from the outset that this is just a framing device to allow the author to give voice to his emotions We know he is writing into a void and so it seems does he I also have to acknowledge trigger warning coming that there is a scene fairly early on in the book that features gruesome animal cruelty which really upset me and made me hesitant to pick the book up again for a while and then very nervous as I was reading in case something similar should happen again That s a personal reaction as I am not good at dealing with animal cruelty in a book but this is about my experience of the book so it has to include my personal viewMy thanks to Random House UK for making a copy of this novel available to me via NetGalley I m sorry I did not appreciate it because I thought it was going to be a top read of 2019 for me and I ended up disappointed I would give the book 3 stars but the animal cruelty really got under my skin and detrimentally affected my experience of the book

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characters On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous review ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Ocean Vuong Ocean Vuong ´ 0 Free download Poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family a first love and the redemptive power of storytelling On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read Written when the speaker Little Dog is in his late twenties the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam and serves as a doorway into. All freedom is relative you know too well and sometimes it s no freedom at all but simply the cage widening far away from you the bars abstracted with distance but still there as when they free wild animals into nature preserves only to contain them yet again by larger borders But I took it anyway that widening 4 12 stars StunningOn Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous is uite a book It is not surprising that the author is a poet as this reads almost like a poetry collection prose poems each capturing a moment a memory a feeling or an idea so beautifully It doesn t follow a regular narrative structure but is instead a series of snippets or moments The style won t be for everyone but for those who love the raw punches of poetry it is a fantastic bookI found it difficult to believe this was fiction There is something about Little Dog s story a certain raw honesty and earnestness that seems to come from a place of truth Maybe because much of it does The author draws on recent and historical events stories of well known figures artists and tragedies to weave his fictional story with every inch of our realityThe book is a letter from Little Dog to his illiterate mother He talks frankly about race gender sexuality masculinity grief and language without allowing the book to be overwhelmed by the heavy subject matter The last one language is a major theme and the author explores the importance of language on both a micro and macro level the choice of individual words and phrases and the power or lack of bestowed upon an individual by having access to language and literacy For such a tiny novel it is huge in its scope From the Vietnam War to Barthes to Tiger Woods to 50 Cent to Little Dog s first romance with a white boy it s somehow both a philosophical book about humanity and language and a deeply personal bildungsroman It is impossible to categorize but it is undeniably both brief and gorgeousBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube


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