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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 alternate Paperback edition.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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A very enjoyable read, based on the author's bicycle trip through Viet Nam. Returning to the land of his childhood, the author presents flashbacks to the life before the war with... Read morePublished 26 days ago by John Siegesmund
Read this while living in Hanoi during the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, and the 20th anniversary of the normalization of relationships with Vietnam. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark S.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. I am a bike tourist and could relate to the cycling experiences interwoven with Andrew's life story. Very touching and wonderfully written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by eldub
This was a great story I had not read a book for awhile and during my Vietnam War summer course we were assigned this reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cobracommand
The author's personal reflections of life straddling 2 countries and 2 nationalities as he bicycles his way from Hanoi to Saigon.Published 4 months ago by L. Sellin
I loved reading of American Andrew Pham's adventure and self-discovery in Vietnam. I had a hard time putting the book down!Published 8 months 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 8 months ago by Jill Storm