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Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam Hardcover – September 29, 1999
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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
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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 days 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 1 month 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 5 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months ago by Amazon Customer