• Catfish & Mandala a Two-wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape & Memory of Vietnam

    Catfish & Mandala a Two-wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape & Memory of Vietnam
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    ISBN: 9780312267179
    Title: Catfish & Mandala a Two-wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape & Memory of Vietnam
    Author: PHAM ANDREW

    Winner of the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize
    A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year
    Winner of the Whiting Writers' Award
    A "Seattle Post-Intelligencer" Best Book of the Year

    "Catfish and Mandala" is the story of an American odyssey a solo bicycle voyage around the Pacific Rim to Vietnam made by a young Vietnamese-American man in pursuit of both his adopted homeland and his forsaken fatherland.

    Andrew X. Pham was born in Vietnam and raised in California. His father had been a POW of the Vietcong; his family came to America as "boat people." Following the suicide of his sister, Pham quit his job, sold all of his possessions, and embarked on a year-long bicycle journey that took him through the Mexican desert, around a thousand-mile loop from Narita to Kyoto in Japan; and, after five months and 2,357 miles, to Saigon, where he finds "nothing familiar in the bombed-out darkness." In Vietnam, he's taken for Japanese or Korean by his countrymen, except, of course, by his relatives, who doubt that as a Vietnamese he has the stamina to complete his journey ("Only Westerners can do it"); and in the United States he's considered anything but American. A vibrant, picaresque memoir written with narrative flair and an eye-opening sense of adventure, "Catfish and Mandala" is an unforgettable search for cultural identity."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00

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