In 1979, Nam Le's family left Vietnam for Australia, an experience that inspires the first and last stories in The Boat. In between, however, Le's imagination lays claim to the world. The Boat takes us from a tourist in Tehran to a teenage hit man in Colombia; from an ageing New York artist to a boy coming of age in a small Victorian fishing town; from the city of Hiroshima just before the bomb is dropped to the haunting waste of the South China Sea in the wake of another war. Each story uncovers a raw human truth. Each story is absorbing and fully realised as a novel. Together, they make up a collection of astonishing diversity and achievement.
This book is fantastic. Itís a great book for anyone. It is definitely worth buying. Whether it be for yourself or others, itís a must have. I would recommend it to anyone. If you are looking for a good book then this is it. It keeps you interested and captivated. I hope you will like this book just as much as me.
I find it amazing that this is Le's first book. It is written like a master, and he was not even 30 when he wrote it! The title can be deceiving, it is not one story, but a collection of 7 short stories. Le is an Australian who was born in Vietnam, leaving as a child on a boat. Although the first short story is not autobiographical, the parallels between Le and the main character, seems to ring as not entirely fiction. Each following story is a triumph of its own, drawing you in and holding you for too brief of a time. Each of the stories have the complexity and depth to become novels on their own. Although the seven shorts take place in different places, and situations, they seem to have an underlying feel of displacement and deep emotion. If this is his first novel.. I can't wait to see what he gives us next!
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