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A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
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Jul 01, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: pulitzer

I forgot that I finished this finally. I didn't throw it, but I definitely didn't like it very much. I think that writers CAN write from other points of view (just like readers can read and understand different points of view than their own) but all but one narrator rang false; what I heard behind the "Vietnamese" voice was always a white guy, probably from the midwest, who maybe went to Vietnam for a while. I can hear him working on it. Oddly, the story that had the strongest and most-likely-to-go-wrong voice (Fairy Tale) was the only one I liked.
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message 1: by Khue (new) - rated it 1 star

Khue Thank you! I am Vietnamese and I completely agree! Just another white guy appropriating our culture and history and presenting himself as an expert.


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