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[Reworked into "Mementoes of Mai"]
[Revised 10/2/2011]

One man decides to visit his past..
Ends up falling in love..
And along comes the journey that will bring him to meet...
Himself
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Published January 5th 2011 by Helmy Kusuma, via Smashwords
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Sue Owen
It was obvious from the start that English was not this author’s first language. I started getting frustrated with the obvious lack of attempting to write full sentences but once I realized that it wasn’t written by an English speaking person I began to also realize that maybe that was the intention. I didn’t get the impression when I first agreed to review this book that is was a biography or I probably would have turned it down. I don’t like true life type tales and autobiographies usually lea ...more
Stuart Aken
Written by a writer for whom English is not his first language, this novelette reads rather like a piece of autobiography. Although Helmy is writing in a language which is not his native tongue, he has a better grasp of idiom, grammar, spelling and sentence structure than a lot of indie authors who claim English as their mother tongue. That's not to say there are no errors; there are slips in tense, structure and word order. There are occasional odd characters (textual rather than fictional) sca ...more
Julie Witt
Jul 11, 2011 Julie Witt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was a beautiful, moving story of one man's journey to find himself and follow his destiny. At first, the writer's grasp of the English language (English is not his first language) is a little bit off-putting, but once you get used to it, it adds to the beauty and simplicity of the story. I now couldn't imagine it being written any other way. This is a story told from the author's heart, and that comes across beautifully. And his descriptions of Vietnam and Bali make you want to ditch it all ...more
Gary Hoover
Jul 04, 2011 Gary Hoover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mementoes of Mai is a relatively simple, personal and very genuine feeling work. The length puts it somewhere between a long short story and a short novel. The length works well for the story. The events feel very ‘real’ and the protagonist and narrator (Helmy) shares his name with that of the author. But the book is listed as ‘fiction’, so I suspect it is a fictionalized story but based heavily on real events in the author’s life.

The story is set mostly in Vietnam, but also has some events in
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Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is an interesting short story that reads a little like a travel diary which is a novel idea. It is about taking chances and not always receiving the outcome you expect.

The descriptions of the sights and sounds were so vivid I felt like I was really there and this I enjoyed. I have never been to Vietnam and to be taken on a journey around the different markets and foodie places was great.

Unfortunately for me the story didn’t flow very smoothly. I understand that English is not the authors fi
...more
Sue Palmer
This was a totally different read for me, although i have to say i found it thoroughly refreshing.
It is written as an excerpt, of a person's life and how he coped with emotion and the dawning realisation of how life doesn’t always work out the way you want it, therefore having to turn in another direction and succeed.
I found the whole story very sweet, natural and sometimes sad. I loved the descriptions the author used, making me feel that i could actually taste and smell the things he was desc
...more
Vickie
Jun 28, 2011 Vickie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me, this was part travel log, part food review (food comes up a lot in such detail you can taste it) and part nostalgic glance back over the life of a young man making decisions on life. The book took me to another place, filled with new sounds, a different language (I liked the touch of a dictionary at the back and learnt some words), new smells, different traditions, new foods and various scenery. The pace of the book is quite leisurely and the main character drifts along, remembering his e ...more
Cathy Speight
English is the second language of this author, and he clearly has an outstanding and most admirable knowledge of it. Whilst evident that it is not his native language, this novella was charmingly written. Whilst Mai of the title, the girl Helmy believes is 'the one' does not feature in person a great deal, she is constantly present in Helmy's thoughts along with the decisions he suddenly needs to make when he realises he has reached a crossroads in his life. He wants to grab life and opportuniti ...more
Jan
Jun 18, 2011 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a slow paced story of love and life, you might enjoy this. The story basically showed how making plans for your life don't always work out the way you want them to. It was apparent that the author's english is a second language as a few words felt like the wrong version used and there were a few misspellings thus the 3 stars.
Helmy Kusuma
Mar 16, 2011 Helmy Kusuma rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Because I am the author, I would certainly biased to my book :D
It's a good read :D
And I dare say, addictive!
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Helmy Kusuma was born into a small family where he spent most of his childhood dreaming and fantasizing about galaxy far far away and being a captain of starship enterprise.

Growing up he met up with the world and its mysterious beings, girls. Thus he spent the next twenty years or so on the precarious subject, man's addiction to these beings.

And so became his first novel.
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