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The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb
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Apr 11, 2011

really liked it

Camilla Gibb, in her author's note, states that very few Vietnamese novels have been translated into English. The exception is one North Vietnamese writer, Duong Thu Huong, who was published in the 1990's in the U.S. but whose novels are banned in Vietnam because they offer rare insights into conditions in Hanoi during the 1980's. I mention this because Camilla, a Londoner who grew up in Toronto, has written a truly convincing account of the changes that occurred in one Vietnamese man's life that lasted through decades of political upheaval. "Old Man Hung makes the best pho in the city and has done so for decades." His restaurant was frequented by a group of men involved in secretly publishing journals and was led by a great revolutionary poet. The novel weaves in the life of another man whose daughter, Maggie, has returned to the country from the U.S. to search for clues to her dissident father's disappearance during the war. The novel was so interesting and I loved Old Man Hung's words of wisdom.
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