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The Boat by Nam Le
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Jan 27, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, fiction, historical-fiction, short-stories, wbc-09
Read in January, 2009

A book of 7 short stories, a few of them that I think should have made their own book.

The title is based on the final story of the book and is diefinately one of the better ones - its story entraping yet the ending doesn't leave you with more questions than answers, it actually has an ending and closure. The other two that would make up my top three were Love and honour and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice; and Meeting Elise. Both of these stories had a fluidity to them and once again a complete ending.

Yet all the stories cover different subjects in different parts of the world and you can almost see them as a snapshot of a specific time and what is happening around the world.

For me Tehran calling was the most disappointing, not because it wasn't a well written and interesting story but because it just got to a point and finished leaving a gap that wasn't filled. It left me feeling frustrated instead of intreged.

The Boat however is definately a book worth reading.

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