Author: Kim Thuy
Publish Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Random House Canada
Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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, and onward to a new life in Quebec. There, the young girl feels the embrace of a new community, and revels in the chance to be part of the American Dream. As an adult, the waters become rough again: now a mother of two sons, she must learn to shape her love around the younger boy’s autism. Moving seamlessly from past to present, from history to memory and back again, Ru is a book that celebrates life in all its wonder: its moments of beauty and sensuality, brutality and sorrow, comfort and comedy.
When I first requested Ru by Kim Thuy I was excited. It seemed like an interesting read and then I went to Goodreads and read the reviews more and I was a little hesitant because it was a memoir of sorts and I don’t usually read them unless they sound really interesting or I really like the person. However, I loved this book so much. It is a very quick read and I don’t read very fast at all.
The words are like magic and they take you into her life and make you feel how she felt. The Vietnam war weighs heavy because a lot of her childhood and what made her today happened during that time.
There really isn’t a whole lot to say about the book but it was definitely worth the read as I was sucked in from the beginning. I am not sure I would read this again but not because it was a bad book, just because memoirs aren’t really my thing. I do recommend this book if you are looking for a really short read though.
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