Sunday, September 13, 2015

Alphabe-Thursday letter R for Ru.

I just finished reading this book, from a child growing up in Saigon, escaping in a boat and becoming a refugee in Malaysia. I was thinking of the boat people and refugees of today.

A runaway bestseller in Quebec, with foreign rights sold to 15 countries around the world, Kim Thúy's Governor General's Literary Award-winning Ru is a lullaby for Vietnam and a love letter to a new homeland.

Ru. In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow - of tears, blood, money. Kim Thúy's Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp.

I had friends who were Vietnamese refugees and relatives, as I read Ru, I think of them.



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