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The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam
3.95
This was my first time reading anything from the vast oeuvre of Vietnamese literature, so I can't compare it to a canon Bao was probably inspired by. ...more
Aug 2011
Jul 31, 2011
 
The Garden of Evening Mists
4.05
I normally disparage these rather MFA-ish humanist-realist novels, but I was hoping the Malaysian take on the format might be a bit better. And The Ga ...more
Jul 2014
Jul 12, 2014
 
Novel Without a Name
3.73
Why I think this might be the finest piece of Vietnam War fiction I've ever read, even better than the fine accounts given by Tim O'Brien and Bao Ninh ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 16, 2014
 
Bumi Manusia (Tetralogi Buru, #1)
4.34
Rest in peace to the postcolonial novel of characters. There were once droves of them, from all parts of the newly liberated world, but they're a rare ...more
Dec 2014
Nov 29, 2014
 
Time
4.09
Chart Korbjitti-- supposedly one of Thailand's greatest modern novelists, and highly recommended to me by a Thai man trying to get in my pants at a Ba ...more
Jul 2013
Jul 13, 2013
 
ແພງແມ່ [Mother's Beloved: Stories from Laos]
3.22
Boy, I feel bad giving this a bad review. It's the first short story collection translated in English to come out of the Lao PDR, and Outhine is consi ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 05, 2012
 
Jasmine Nights
3.97
This book started rather rough-- "Oh no," I thought, "another Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. God help us all." And the refusal to translate Thai ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
Monsoon Country
3.76
It starts weak and sentimental, but eventually finds its way. I came into reading Monsoon Country wanting to hail an unheard voice from an obscure cor ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 08, 2013
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