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Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam Paperback – September 2, 2000
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The story, with some of a mandala's repeated symbolic motifs, works on several levels at once. It is an exploration into the meaning of home, a descriptive travelogue, and an intimate look at the Vietnamese immigrant experience. There are beautifully illuminated flashbacks to the experience of fleeing Vietnam and to an earlier, more innocent childhood. While Pham's stern father, a survivor of Vietcong death camps, regrets that Pham has not been a respectful Vietnamese son, he also reveals that he wishes he himself had been more "American" for his kids, that he had "taken [them] camping." Catfish and Mandala is a book of double-edged truths, and it would make a fascinating study even in less able hands. In those of the adventurous, unsentimental Pham, it is an irresistible story. --Maria Dolan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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He writes and lives on the Thai-Laos border in a traditional wooden farm bungalow he built on the Mekong River. He teaches writing and occassionally lead bicycle tours in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. He has launched a culinary project on Kickstarter.com, titled A Southeast Asian Love Affair: My Cookbook Diary of Travels, Flavors and Memories, a literary work that tells the stories of his life in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. He can be found at andrewxpham.com
He is the author of Â Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of VietnamÂ (1999)Â and The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars (2009). He is also the translator of Last Night I Dreamed of Peace (2008).
Catfish and MandalaÂ won the 1999Â Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Â QPB Nonfiction Prize, and the Â Oregon Literature Prize. It was also a Guardian Shortlist Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes & Noble Discovery Book, a Border's Original Voices Selection
The Eaves of Heaven was a National Book Critic Circle Finalist and a Asian Pacific American Librarian Association Honorary Book of the Year. It was also the Honor Book of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association and named as One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by Washington Post Book World, One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by Portland Oregonian, One of the Los Angeles Times' Favorite Books of the Year, and One of the Best Books of the Year by Bookmarks Magazine
Andrew X. Pham also won a Â Whiting Writer Award, a John SimonÂ Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Montalvo Fellowship.
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I loved reading of American Andrew Pham's adventure and self-discovery in Vietnam. I had a hard time putting the book down!Published 5 days ago by allisright
Best book I read for our Vietnam trip. I don't usually read books twice, but this book is worthy. Once before the trip and then upon my return. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jill Storm
Just returned from three weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia. Really enjoyed the insights into the Vietnamese people provided by this book. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Ron Harvey
I'm very glad I persevered from what I perceived to be a slow opening. This author's exquisite descriptions gave me the desire to visit Vietnam. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book resonated with me on so many different levels. As an Asian-American, I totally got how Pham felt when asked by a Vietnamese in Vietnam, "... Read morePublished 2 months ago by D.Beyer