Nicole G.'s Reviews > Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam

Catfish and Mandala by Andrew X. Pham
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Aug 20, 08

bookshelves: 2006, vietnam, travel, memoir, kiriyama-prize
Read in May, 2006

This book follows the author as he traverses the land of his youth by bicycle. Born in Vietnam, his family was able to sneak onto a fishing vessel, to escape the uprising and make their way to America. He interweaves the tales of his past and his present effortlessly. Part travelogue, part social commentary, there are many elements of his story that will stay with
me for a long time.
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