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Love Like Hate: A Novel Paperback – September 21, 2010
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"At once caustic and humorous, harshly critical and nostalgic, Dinh’s overview of his homeland is unfailingly honest."Booklist
Poet and short story writer Dinh’s debut novel portrays his native Vietnam from the war through the end of the twentieth century. The tale centers on Kim Lan, who owns the Paris by Night restaurant in Saigon; her husband Hoang Long, an army enlistee who is gone for years at a time; and their daughter Hoa, whose relationship with the leader of the punk band Love like Hate symbolizes the country’s growing modernity.
With wry humor, Dinh describes the Vietnamese view of America garnered from Hollywood exports, the root cause of America’s immigration problems.” He skewers everything in postwar Vietnam, from the exiting American soldiers, going back to their sweethearts and Chevies,” leaving their offspring behind, to the Hanoi regime of the late 1970s and 1980s, which systematically destroyed” an entire society. By the 1990s, one character returning to America disparages his countrymen who, rushing to become modern, have swapped their vegetable patches, carp ponds, pigs and geese for a fake pair of Levi’s.” At once caustic and humorous, harshly critical and nostalgic, Dinh’s overview of his homeland is unfailingly honest.
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Dinh may or may not reveal much about Vietnamese people and culture; those looking for touristic, voyeuristic exotica could well find some here. They might also decide that Vietnamese men really know how to abuse Vietnamese women. However, if they do think they're learning anything about Vietnamese people in general, I hope they stop and ask themselves--was Poe an accurate representative and chronicler of his country's society? Was William Faulkner, or Flannery O'Connor, or Michel Houellebecq, or any other writer with an idiosyncratically dark vision?
This story careens like a drunken camera from character to character, tracing the lines of the always tenuous relations between them. We watch, again and again, the possibility of love and then the tragedies brought about by its immolation. For me, what causes the promise of love to go down in flames repeatedly is how little the characters understand about how their objects of attraction in turn regard them. In a population repeatedly bulldozed like garbage by larger forces, the people--Dinh's people, at least--end up trashing each other. The end result for this reader is a horribly beautiful reminder of what we deny ourselves, and of what we waste, when we fail to appreciate as best we can two things: why other people are who they are, and why they want what they want.
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For anyone fascinated by the continuing odyssey of Vietnamerica, this novel reads like Henry Miller in Saigon. Or Mark Twain with a bit of Chris Rock. Read morePublished 4 months ago by michael p sweeney
Linh Dinh paints a picture of a country that is awkwardly and chaotically sprinting towards happiness. Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by Megan M. Sullivan