The Family Law
Meet the Law family – eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humorist. Join him as he tries to answer ...more
A few weeks ago I didn't know much about Benjamin Law, other than that he's a journalist and the author of Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East. Then I watched the first episode of the television adaptation of this 2010 memoir, laughed a lot, downloaded the e-book edition, read it and laughed some more. Now I know a lot quite a lot about Law's life, or at least about his formative years.
Law writes engagingly about his childhood in regional Queensland in the 1980s and 1990s, as the middle child ...more
'The Family Law' is a memoir by Benjamin Law, the son of Chinese migrants to Australia in the 1970s. The book is a series of tales about growing up in Australia with a crazy family. They are funny and charming stories for the most part, and part of t ...more
What a crazy funny man, who has had a crazy funny irreverent upbringing! Loads of laugh out loud moments throughout this telling.
This memoir reads...or sounds, as I listened to the audio version...like a very funny comedy..though it does have some very cringe-worthy tales to tell as well. Some real OMG moments!
Even so, you can't fail to hear the admiration and love that Benjamin has for his family, and you can't fail to admire their courage.
This was a great insightful audio experience, and I hig ...more
Benjamin Law is a freelance writer who first blipped onto my radar when I started reading his pieces in hipster-darling magazine, ‘Frankie’. He also contributes to ‘The Good Weekend’, ‘The Monthly’ and has written for ‘The Best Australian Essays’ and even appeared on ABC’s Q&A. I love him. He’s enviably witty, self-deprecating, and writes brilliant argumentative pieces with fir ...more
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So this book has been sitting on the backburner for a while. Goodreads tells me that I finished it at the end of May this year...so that's five whole months where I didn't review it. Heh...oops? And this isn't the only book still waiting to be reviewed either. Eep.
You guys know my love for audiobooks these days. If you don't — well I love it. When I started full time work back in April, I found it extremely difficult to get much reading done (lel this hasn't changed much let's be real). Ev...more
This piqued my interest as it has been a while since I pissed myself laughing.
So I picked it up after reading the torturous works of Kafka and gobbled this easy-to-read book in little under 3 days.
Benjamin Law is an ABC (Australian Born Chinese), homosexual, writer/comedian from the Gold Coast, QLD. I too share many of his qualities (not a homosexual, but I am ABC and an accomplished c ...more
What I appreciate most in these stories, aside from the laughs, is the tenderness with which Ben looks back at the sometimes bizarre moments of his childhood. As I've gotten older, and go ...more
The Family Law is a series of stories of surviving childhood in a Chinese-Australian family on the sweaty Sunshine Coast with 4 other siblings, a workaholic father and a mother who is perhaps more open than most in regards to personal gynecological info ...more
I particularly liked the parts where he described going to live with his grandmother for a while, and where he gets together with his boyfriend. Those parts were very cute.
I could have done without the rape jokes tho ...more
While each chapter is specific about it's subject it does mean that stories are not in chronological order and you'll be reading one story of him as an adult and the next as a child.
My only complaint is that we do not have any closure on the chapter called Among the Living Dead... Ben tells a story where none of the children can get in touch with their mother. But we never find o ...more
Love the description by the mother about childbirth ...so true ... and what a brave woman to divorce her husband, but still hold the famly together.
There is no holding back in this book, some parts wanted me to cringe, especially the description of the gay nightclubs and the farting episod ...more
I highly recommend this read for my friends who are time poor - just pick it up and read one story at a time.
Not for the easily shocked.
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His essays have been anthologised in Growing Up Asian in Australia, The Best Australian Essays 2008, The Best A ...more