Catfish and Mandala

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Catfish and Mandala

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Isbn10 0006552234
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Publish Date February 19, 2001
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Subjects Biography: general
Cultural studies
Mind, body, spirit: mysticism & self-awareness
Travel writing
Postwar period, 1945 to c 2000
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Catfish and Mandala
Authors Andrew X. Pham
Average Rating 4
Categories Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
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Description Vietnamese-born Andrew Pham finally returns to Saigon, not as a success showering money and gifts onto his family, but as an emotional shipwreck, desperate to find out who he really is. When his sister, a post-operative transsexual, committed suicide, Pham sold all his possessions and embarked on a year-long bicycle journey that took him through the Mexican desert; around a thousand-mile loop from Narita to Kyoto in Japan; and, after five months and 2,357 miles, to Saigon, where he finds nothing familiar in the bombed-out darkness. At first meant to facilitate forgetfulness, Pham's travels turn into an unforgettable, eye-opening search for cultural identity which flashes back to his parent's courtship in Vietnam, his father's imprisonment by the Vietcong, and his family's nail-bitingly narrow escape as boat people. Lucid, witty and beautifully written,
Language en
Maturity Rating NOT_MATURE
Page Count 344
Print Type BOOK
Published Date 2001
Publisher HarperCollins UK
Ratings Count 6
Subtitle A Vietnamese Odyssey
Title Catfish & Mandala

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