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Palawan Story

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Under the cover of darkness, Kim, a young girl, is put by her mother on a crowded fishing boat to escape Vietnam. The derelict boat drifts for two weeks on the South China Sea before reaching Palawan, a refugee camp in the Philippines. There, an American immigration officer mistakes Kim for a sponsored orphan with the same name and sends her to America. In the US, Kim tell ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published May 2nd 2014 by Deux Voiliers Publishing
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Geza Tatrallyay
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book, a quintessential immigrant story. As an immigrant myself, it resonated with me: Ms. Vu describes the dangers people often go through to get to a country where they hope for a better life and the often spotty reception they receive in the new land. The book is well-written, characters well-created and the intrigue built and maintained throughout.
A book I highly recommend.
Alex Binkley
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A tangled web
There now are more refugees and displaced persons around the world than at any time since the end of the Second World War. Images of cars and boats of desperate people fleeing religious or territorial conflicts are regular occurrences in newscasts.
The danger and fear these people face until they reach safety and a chance for a new life is the underlying current of Palawan Story, a novel by Montreal writer Caroline Vu, who left Vietnam as a child. Palawan was a refugee camp in the Ph
Alexis Allinson
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
A more resent travel into the history of the events surrounding Palawan. It is told from the eyes of a young refugee girl as she is transported from her newly communist home to a camp in Palawan. It shows the difficulty she has in being a new age orphan in a world that is ever changing. After meeting a doctor at her camp, she finds a new life once coming to the western world. This book puts a face to all the general stories of those who lived through this tumultuous time.

It did take a couple of
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As the child of refugees, albeit from Soviet and not Viet Namese communism, this story resonates with me through the parallels I can imagine with the experiences of my parents and their friends. The sudden transition from a calm life to a reign of terror, the forced abandonment of home, family, friends and property, the desperate means needed to escape and survive; the author manages to make a visceral impact without resorting to melodrama or to saccharin nostalgia. The prose rings true through ...more
Sosena Tilahun
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A moving and insightful novel about a young girls life. This book explores various themes including politics, immigration, etc. It is set Communist Vietnam and in North America. The novel is easy to read and is very enjoyable. One can even feel the emotions and the thoughts of the main character throughout the story and relate to her journey. Overall, this was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good book to enjoy over the summer.
Alex Eng
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting read and was very authentic. The parts set in Asia were very vivid and interesting, but the parts in Montreal definitely could have been longer. Thoroughly enjoyed this book, although I feel it ended too abruptly; it could have been longer. Overall, it was a great, fast read but there could have been more details happening with the plotline.
Alexander Fuks
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fascinating fictional story of a young Vietnamese refugee girl facing seemingly insurmountable odds on her way to success in North America following the Communist takeover of her country in the 1970's. As with Dr. Vu's previous writing, this book is written in a colorful and easy-to-read style. ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read the French version of Palawan.

J'ai été très touchée par ce récit de Kim qui relate la fuite du Vietnam...Je recommande.
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The author grew up in Saigon during the height of the Vietnam War. She now lives in Montreal, Canada after extended stays in the US, Latin America and Switzerland. She is the mother of two girls and works as a family physician in a community health clinic. She has published two novels: "Palawan Story" - finalist for the Concordia University First Book Prize and "That Summer in Provincetown". Both ...more

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