On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Book Review by Subhadra Jayaraman

π‘Ίπ’π’Žπ’†π’•π’Šπ’Žπ’†π’” π’˜π’‰π’†π’ 𝑰’π’Ž 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝑰 π’•π’‰π’Šπ’π’Œ π’”π’–π’“π’—π’Šπ’—π’‚π’ π’Šπ’” π’†π’‚π’”π’š”

This book is pure, raw, unpretentious truth. It flows through you like the breath you take, easy and fulfilling. I can’t even pretend to describe the pleasure I felt reading this literary marvel. It takes the hard truths and presents them to the reader with a fearless dash of emotions.

“𝑰 π’”π’Šπ’•, π’˜π’Šπ’•π’‰ 𝒂𝒍𝒍 π’Žπ’š π’•π’‰π’†π’π’“π’Šπ’†π’”, π’Žπ’†π’•π’‚π’‘π’‰π’π’“π’”, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’†π’’π’–π’‚π’•π’Šπ’π’π’”, π‘Ίπ’‰π’‚π’Œπ’†π’”π’‘π’†π’‚π’“π’† 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π‘΄π’Šπ’π’•π’π’, 𝑩𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒔, 𝑫𝒖 𝑭𝒖, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π‘―π’π’Žπ’†π’“, π’Žπ’‚π’”π’•π’†π’“π’” 𝒐𝒇 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉 π’˜π’‰π’ 𝒄𝒂𝒏’𝒕, 𝒂𝒕 𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒕, 𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒉 π’Žπ’† π’‰π’π’˜ 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒐𝒖𝒄𝒉 π’Žπ’š 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒅”

The story of Little Dog, a Vietnamese American from Hartford, Connecticut, written as a letter to his mother – his Ma – who can’t read. It’s the story of three generations of Vietnamese immigrants starting from the War to the present day. I will say no more than that, for this is a story to be lived in, to imbibe, to feel, and not to be summarized in a few hasty words.

Ocean Vuong is a superhero, one blessed with the power of expression. He takes a story and weaves a tapestry so powerful and so articulate; you can never forget what you just witnessed. It happened, but it is also happening right in front of you with every word you read.

“𝑨 π’‘π’‚π’ˆπ’†, π’•π’–π’“π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ, π’Šπ’” 𝒂 π’˜π’Šπ’π’ˆπ’†π’… π’π’Šπ’‡π’•π’†π’… π’˜π’Šπ’•π’‰ 𝒏𝒐 π’•π’˜π’Šπ’, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒏𝒐 π’‡π’π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’•. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 π’šπ’†π’• π’˜π’† 𝒂𝒓𝒆 π’Žπ’π’—π’†π’…”

This marvel will always have a place in my heart and in my soul and I will thank the Earth forever for producing artists like Vuong. It took him 8 years to write this book, and every word reflects his deep passionate love for poetic writing.

π‘΄π’š π’“π’‚π’•π’Šπ’π’ˆ: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)

Pair this book with a glass of iced Vietnamese coffee and explore the beauty of Vuong’s writing. Share your thoughts with us and check out my β€˜bookstagram’ @theramanlibrary for more reviews and suggestions.

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