Little Dog ricostruisce in una lettera alla madre la storia della sua famiglia, segnata dalla guerra del Vietnam e dall'emigrazione negli Stati Uniti. Arrivati in America nel 1990, Little Dog e sua madre Rose si stabiliscono in Connecticut, dove lei si mantiene facendo manicure e pedicure. Ma la donna soffre di un disturbo da stress post-traumatico che si manifesta in violenti scoppi d'ira contro il figlio, alternati a gesti di tenerezza assoluta. Con loro abita la nonna Lan, che ha vissuto il dramma della guerra in prima persona: fuggita da un matrimonio combinato con un uomo molto più anziano, è costretta a vendersi ai soldati americani per mantenersi. Little Dog, crescendo, si fa interprete del dialogo impossibile tra le generazioni della sua famiglia tutta al femminile, unendo due donne che non parlano l'inglese e faticano a integrarsi nella cultura americana. Prendendosi cura degli altri, Little Dog impara a conoscere se stesso, dal difficile rapporto con i suoi coetanei che lo prendono di mira per la sua diversità, fino alla scoperta dell'amore. "Brevemente risplendiamo sulla terra" è una storia di formazione che, attraverso il legame d'amore tra un figlio e una madre, parla di identità, differenza, di come impariamo ad abitare i sentimenti più grandi.
- ISBN: 8834601327
- Casa Editrice: La nave di Teseo
- Pagine: 292
✧ find this review & others on my blog ✧ “ Dear Ma ,” within the narrator’s head—or it might have been his heart—the name begins tolling, very much like a bell, “ I am writing to reach you—even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are. ” And although he knows his mother Leggi tutto
“All freedom is relative—you know too well—and sometimes it’s no freedom at all, but simply the cage widening far away from you, the bars abstracted with distance but still there, as when they “free” wild animals into nature preserves only to contain them yet again by larger borders. But I took i Leggi tutto
Ocean is a brilliant writer and I am a fan of his work. I even published him once in PANK! It has been thrilling to watch him soar. The prose in this novel is sublime. The way he writes is just… exquisite. He writes the body so well. He writes about the complicated relationship between a mother and Leggi tutto
So you go to a high-end restaurant with an elaborate tasting menu. You are served dishes with fancy names that involve sublimated beetroot gel and deconstructed potato foam, and though the experience is unique and artisanal, you go home feeling... unsated. My experience with this novel in a nutshell Leggi tutto
May 31 marks the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth, and the best present we could possibly receive is Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.” The connection between the Good Gray Poet and this young Vietnamese immigrant may seem tenuous, but with his radical approach to Leggi tutto
This is such a beautiful book title and it was the title that drew me to read the description and request a copy of it. Not only is the title beautiful, but much of the writing here is as well. It’s described as literary fiction, but a brief look at Ocean Vuong’s bio after I read this book made the Leggi tutto
I read this for the Ruby Reads book club in January and it is one of the most lyrical narratives I have ever happened across. Vuong presents an atemporal account of life as Vietnamese immigrant in America. Vuong's imagery is painstakingly accurate and incredibly clever. He also captures the child's
Recently, when I have opened my Goodreads web page, it has seemed to be full of people giving a lot of stars to this book and singing its praises in glowing reviews. I opened the book with high hopes. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous uses a fragmented narrative to tell, or perhaps explore is a better w Leggi tutto
I am out here stanning the success of Ocean Vuong’s debut novel! As a fellow queer Vietnamese American, it feels so amazing to see someone with my same ethnic and queer identities breaking through in the literary world – and so sad that we have to fight so hard for our voices to be heard. This book Leggi tutto
No review. Just a list of adjectives. Brutal Raw Devastating Beautiful Incandescent Stunning The author didn't write this book; he opened his heart and just let it bleed all over the pages. Reading it cracked mine open and turned me inside out. Just a sample: "Did you know people get rich off of sadness? I Leggi tutto
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