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Behind the Moon

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Behind the Moon is a satisfying, original and thought-provoking pleasure.”—Good Reading Magazine
“Neatly balanc[es] betrayal and real drama, with farce and macabre, biting humour. . . . Highly recommended.”—Australian Bookseller & Publisher
Outsiders and misfits in their Australian school, three friends form a mutual bond: Justin Cheong, an only child and the idol
Paperback, 372 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Soho Press (first published August 1st 2005)
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May 15, 2011 Alarra rated it it was ok
This starts off being a really interesting look at the friendship of three teens from very different backgrounds, dealing with their outsider status. Justin is a good Asian son, but he's hiding the secret that he's gay. Tien, sent away from her mother in Vietnam to live with distant family in Australia, has a crush on Justin and his family. Gibbo, a disappointment to his ocker family, longs to belong to his friends' cultures.

For the first half, the writer does a good job of drawing a picture of
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Apr 13, 2011 A. S. rated it liked it
Behind the Moon is a really interesting novel that follows the story of three school friends and their families from childhood to their rekindling of their fractured friendship during young adulthood. Justin Cheong, Tien Ho, and Nigel Gibson (called "Gibbo" in the book) meet as misfits as children: Justin and Gibbo through the tyranny and tedium of their piano lessons at Miss Yipsoon's, and Tien and Gibbo when they are seatmates in elementary school when Tien first moves to Australia from her re ...more
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Mar 19, 2012 pani Katarzyna rated it liked it
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The story is revolving around 3 characters - Singaporean-Chinese-Australian gay boy, Justin, Vietnamese-African American girl who has never met her father, Tien, and an Australian overweight outsider boy, Gibbo. And that should give you the idea of a majestic scope of multicultural and identity issues the novel brings up. Our three characters are friends through childhood and most of adolescence until, through sort of Midsummer Night's Dream comedy of errors events, they cease to be in touch wit ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Sumayyah rated it really liked it
A trio of friends─Justin, Tien, and Gibbo─experience life, love, rejection, shame, self-hatred, and inferiority as they battle their cultures, their families, and each other.

Justin, a Chinese-Australian whose family hails from Singapore, attempts to hide his homosexuality and reject his Asian-ness. Tien, a Vietnamese-African-American, tries to escape what she feels is a curse of blood and parentage. Gibbo, overweight and Australian, re-imagines himself in the image of the Asians he admires. Thei
Oct 11, 2011 Joanne rated it it was ok
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Not the best book I've read. I found it difficult to get through because of the various perspectives, constant digression, and awkward-ness of the characters. The storyline consists of never-ending humiliating moments for the characters, which I found really uncomfortable to read. Some parts were nice and it was a good book to discuss during the tutorial; however, I probably wouldn't read it again.
Sep 19, 2012 Dave rated it really liked it
This is a great book of life in Sydney for Asian immigrants going through the whole clash of cultures thing. It is written with empathy and compassion and although you neither laugh nor cry, it is still a love story of sorts. A book you look forward to reading.
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Aug 08, 2014 Andrew Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, I laughed, I cried, I got angry. Every emotion was extracted, 謝謝你 Hsu-Ming for a wonderfully weaved tale of life and its ups and downs.
Mar 17, 2013 Oanh rated it it was amazing
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Excellent. Beautifully written, very engrossing and all the characters nuanced and well drawn. And I loved the interwoven snippets of The Tale of Kieu.
Jul 20, 2008 Kali rated it really liked it
An engaging book that is captivating from the first chapter onward. The characters are realistic, endearing and their interactions are interesting.
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A tender and wise book.
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Malaysian-born Australian novelist.

Hsu-Ming Teo moved to Castle Hill, Sydney at the age of seven. Upon leaving school she began studying Medicine but changed to Arts in her second year of university. She has tutored at both Macquarie University and the University of Sydney, where she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1998 on the subject of British women's travel writing in the late nine
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