On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (‘a Masterpiece’ – Max Porter)

By (author) Vuong Ocean
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** Sunday Times Bestseller **

Brilliant, heartbreaking and highly original, Ocean Vuong''s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling.

''A marvel'' Marlon James

This is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read.


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''A marvel'' Marlon James


Brilliant, heart-breaking and highly original, discover Ocean Vuong''s shattering coming of age novel.


This is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family''s history that began before he was born. It tells of Vietnam, of the lasting impact of war, and of his family''s struggle to forge a new future.

And it serves as a doorway into parts of Little Dog''s life his mother has never known - episodes of bewilderment, fear and passion - all the while moving closer to an unforgettable revelation.

''Reminded me that every word can be an incantation, and that beauty does hard and important work'' Rebecca Solnit


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A stunning, beautiful book... His writing is phenomenal... Simply brilliant.
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This is some of the most moving writing I’ve read… The tenderness of the prose feels like a triumph against a world hellbent on embittering the tenderhearted… the truths arrived at in this book are valuable precisely because they are steeped in feeling.
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Vuong is surely a literary descendant of the author of Leaves of Grass. Emerging from the most marginalized circumstances, he has produced a lyrical work of self-discovery that’s shockingly intimate and insistently universal… Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.
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Ocean Vuong''s On Earth We''re Briefly Gorgeous confirms him as a master of inventive language that has its roots in the spoken word but reaches shimmering heights of lyricism, too.
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Vuong is a prodigious talent, his handling of words and images both brutal and delicate, his treatment of violence, sex and the body radically clear-eyed.
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Vuong as a writer is daring. He goes where the hurt is, creating a novel saturated with yearning and ache… He transforms the emotional, the visceral, the individual into the political in an unforgettable – indeed, gorgeous – novel.
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Ocean Vuong’s fantastic new novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous reminded me that every word can be an incantation, and that beauty does hard and important work.
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A stunning, frankly unforgettable debut novel… It''s not surprising that novels by poets often include some of the loveliest prose, but Vuong''s is especially luminousOn Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous is so many things; a love story from a son to his mother; an exploration of masculinity and race; and a series of limpid thoughts about the world… Everything about this book makes me feel glad to live in an era when the novel still matters, when the human ability to bring together words and sentences can lead to such scintillating, poignant language.
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Vuong’s material is gripping even in precis… Vuong’s determination to see well-trodden ground afresh, with unremitting complexity, is extremely rare... In these authenticity-hungry times, Vuong could have let his sensational biography simply “speak for itself”. There is a great deal to admire: that he was able to give such personal ma
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Author By (author) Vuong Ocean
Date Of Publication Sep 1, 2020
EAN 9781529110685
Contributors Vuong Ocean
Publisher Vintage
Languages English
Country of Publication United Kingdom
Width 129 mm
Height 198 mm
Thickness 16 mm
Product Forms Paperback / Softback
Availability in Stores Sin El-Fil, ABC Dbayeh, Hamra, AUB University, Global
Weight 0.181000
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