Read this book because it is like air; you don't see it but you need it. You need it because it is made up of everything life - love, loss, memories, joy, sorrow, nostalgia, wounds, morning, nights, cheers, regret. Read it because it is beautiful. Read it because between its lyrical wisdom, you shall find a place to rest, and breathe.
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about this book and it’s worth all the hype. It’s just lyrical prose! I listened to this audiobook on Storytel and it was narrated by the author himself. If you’ve ever heard Ocean Vuong speak he has a soft, quivering voice, and you feel like you just want to listen to him forever.
Getting back to what the book is about it’s about this person called Little Dog. And I think this book is semi-autobiographical in the sense that it’s not really a novel, but he is telling a story about his own life narrated through the eyes of Little Dog. It’s about so many things. It’s about the Vietnamese immigrant experience. It’s about post-traumatic stress disorder faced by the victims of the war. It’s about a son’s love for his mother and a mother’s love for her son.
It’s also about what it’s like to be a gay man in America and to be in love with another man who doesn’t admit that he’s gay. He tries to talk about these things in a very matter of fact way but they just drip with emotion. I don’t think that a small wrap up post like this can do this book justice, so I may do another post in which I do a proper review of this book. But it’s definitely worth reading. You must read it, and if you can listen to it on audiobook you’ll enjoy it even more.