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Catfish and mandala : a two-wheeled voyage through the landscape and memory of Vietnam / Andrew X. Pham
Bib ID 1700755
Format BookBook
Author
Pham, Andrew X., 1967-
 
Edition 1st ed. 
Description New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999 
344 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0374119783 (alkaline paper)
0374119740 (alkaline paper)
0312267177 (paperback)
Summary

"Catfish and Mandala is the poignant, lyrical tale 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. Intertwined with an often humorous travelogue spanning a year of discovery is a memoir of war, escape, and, ultimately, family secrets."--BOOK JACKET. "There is Pham's stepgrandfather Le, the fish-sauce baron of Phan Thiet, who claims his ancestors invented the condiment; his father, a POW of the Vietcong, who finally leads his family on a perilous boat journey to the land of their freedom; and his beloved sister Chi, a post-operative transsexual who commits suicide."--BOOK JACKET. "Pham deftly limns the lasting scars of the Vietnam War and the plight of a refugee family to create a haunting portrait of America, framed by the perspective of an outsider, a stranger straddling two continents."--BOOK JACKET.

Subjects Pham, Andrew X., 1967-  |  Pham, Andrew X., 1967- -- Journeys.  |  Vietnamese Americans -- Biography.

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