On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous PDF Epub On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong Petrasrobert.eu Poet Ocean Vuong S Debut Novel Is A Shattering Portrait Of A Family, A First Love, And The Redemptive Power Of Storytelling On Earth We Re Briefly Gorgeous Is A Letter From A Son To A Mother Who Cannot Read Written When The Speaker, Little Dog, Is In His Late Twenties, The Letter Unearths A Family S History That Began Before He Was Born A History Whose Epicenter Is Rooted In Vietnam And Serves As A Doorway Into Parts Of His Life His Mother Has Never Known, All Of It Leading To An Unforgettable Revelation At Once A Witness To The Fraught Yet Undeniable Love Between A Single Mother And Her Son, It Is Also A Brutally Honest Exploration Of Race, Class, And Masculinity Asking Questions Central To Our American Moment, Immersed As We Are In Addiction, Violence, And Trauma, But Undergirded By Compassion And Tenderness, On Earth We Re Briefly Gorgeous Is As Much About The Power Of Telling One S Own Story As It Is About The Obliterating Silence Of Not Being Heard.With Stunning Urgency And Grace, Ocean Vuong Writes Of People Caught Between Disparate Worlds, And Asks How We Heal And Rescue One Another Without Forsaking Who We Are The Question Of How To Survive, And How To Make Of It A Kind Of Joy, Powers The Most Important Debut Novel Of Many Years.

Ocean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press 2019 and forthcoming in 15 other languages worldwide He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best Firs

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  • Hardcover
  • 246 pages
  • On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous
  • Ocean Vuong
  • English
  • 15 March 2018
  • 9780525562023

10 thoughts on “On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous

  1. says:

    All freedom is relative you know too well and sometimes it s no freedom at all, but simply the cage widening far away from you, the bars abstracted with distance but still there, as when they free wild animals into nature preserves only to contain them yet again by larger borders But I took it anyway, that widening 4 1 2 stars Stunning.On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous is quite a book It is not surprising that the author is a poet, as this reads almost like a poetry collection prose poems, each capturing a moment, a memory, a feeling, or an idea so beautifully It doesn t follow a regular narrative structure, but is instead a series of snippets or moments The style won t be for everyone, but for those who love the raw punches of poetry, it is a fantastic book.I found it difficult to believe this was fiction There is something about Little Dog s story, a certain raw honesty and earnestness, that seems to come from a place of truth Maybe because much of it does The author draws on recent and historical events, stories of well known figures, artists and ...

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    May 31 marks the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman s birth, and the best present we could possibly receive is Ocean Vuong s debut novel, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous The connection between the Good Gray Poet and this young Vietnamese immigrant may seem tenuous, but with his radical approach to form and his daring mix of personal reflection, historical recollection and sexual exploration, Vuong is surely a literary descendant of the author of Leaves of Grass Emerging from the most marginalized circumstances, he has produced a lyrical work of self discovery that s shockingly intimate and insistently universal.The fact that we can hear Vuong s voice today in America stems from a function of tragedy and serendipity As Vuong explains in his 2016 poetry collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, his...

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    Dear Ma , within the narrator s head or it might have been his heart the name begins tolling, very much like a bell, I am writing to reach you even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are And although he knows his mother is illiterate her education capped at the age of 5 after a napalm raid destroyed her schoolhouse in Vietnam and thus, all his hours and pain will be folded in paper and put away, the words kept tumbling out, catching fire as they went.He is Little Dog a nickname given to him by his grandmother because to love something is to name it after something so worthless it might be left untouched and alive But he is a wound in the fabric of the world, and onto this letter, he is bleeding.In his first novel, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous , Vuong assumes the voice of Little Dog, who writes to his mother like being pushed from a great height, tumbling down, snatching at anything that would prevent him from falling The reader could just imagine her there, hovering just at the edge of remembrance stooped with decades of working in factories and nail salons, wilting her like an unwatered flower those places where dreams become the calcified knowledge of what it means to be awake in American bones with or without citizenship aching, toxic, and u...

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    ON EARTH WE RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS will be described rightly as luminous, shattering, urgent, necessary But the word I keep circling back to is raw that s how powerful the emotions here are, and how you ll feel after reading it scoured down to b...

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    This is such a beautiful book title and it was the title that drew me to read the description and request a copy of it Not only is the title beautiful, but much of the writing here is as well It s described as literary fiction, but a brief look at Ocean Vuong s bio after I read this book made the biographical nature of the story striking This letter from a young Vietnamese immigrant to his mother who doesn t know how to read is raw, impactful, achingly sad, painful to read It is filled with flashbacks to his childhood when he is bullied at school, physically abused by his mother, protected by his grandmother It is filled with stories and memories of his mother and grandmother s past fleeing Vietnam as their pasts become part of his story It is about a love between a mother and son It is a story of a young boy trying to find his place in this country It s an intimate portrait of his first relationship as he falls in love with another boy A warning to those who might be bothered by explicit sex scenes You ll find them here The vivid descriptions of the times he spent in the nail salon where his mother worked were eye opening The...

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    Thoughtful and tender, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous meditates on the powers of storytelling The autobiographical novel s framed as a letter from a queer Vietnamese son, Little Dog, to his illiterate single mother, Rose Across three expansive parts Little Dog reflects on his turbulent youth spent in Hartford, Connecticut, and hopes that the act of remembering family history through writing might heal longstanding wounds and bring parent and child closer Using as guideposts the works of thinkers as diverse as Elaine Scarry and Qiu Miaojin, the narrator roams among a wide array of shared memories, from his mother s harrowing acts of abuse to her infrequent but intense displays of affection So, too, does Little Dog contemplate the nuances of his relationships with his grandmother, his absentee father, and his first love, and he r...

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    Books by poets always have the best titles, don t they On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous, acclaimed poet Ocean Vuong s semi autobiographical debut novel, takes the form of a letter from Little Dog to his mother, both Vietnamese refugees now living in the U.S This poignant, lyrical story than delivers on the promise of that striking title Because gunshots, lies, and oxtail or whatever you want to call your god should say Yes over and over, in cycles, in spirals, with no other reason but to hear itself exist Because love, at its best, repeats itself Shouldn t it It is an emotionally affecting tale wrought with a poet s artistry Little Dog translating for his mother on their awkward outings together his grandmother s experiences during the war in Vietnam I did what any mother would do, I made a way to eat Who can judge me, huh Who Little Dog s first love and adolescent fumblings with farm boy Trevor I was glued to the page, though it isn t what you would normally call a page turner Violence and trauma permeate throughout, and this does not make for an easy...

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    i want to tattoo on earth we re briefly gorgeous on my ribs but it s cool, i m cool abt it This review is also posted on my blog I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Ocean Vuong is first foremost a poet and On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous is his literary debut he also has a poem by the same title It s not a novel novel, though, not in this very Western sense we re all used to There are no prominent arcs or villains, or any ascending tension It s described as a letter from a son to his mother that s how it reads, but you could also call it a memoir and not be too far off the mark.The book is divided intro three sections, none of them with titles, apart from simple Roman numbers But their themes are obvious nonetheless being an immigrant in the US, being gay, dying and they re overflowing with emotions You can t really forget that Vuong is a poet, with how beautifully crafted this novel is He doesn t often name things, instead lets himself be vague with metaphors trusts the reader will understand what he s getting at anyway The whole experience is a lot like reading a poem, but this isn t just a novel in verse it s not just a letter, either It blurs the lines and it does it without you even noticing.Just like everything Vuong published so far, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous is very raw, visceral even and vicious at times But all the feelings pain ...

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    I went back and forth wondering if I should give this a 4 or 5 star rating.it was just such a combination of beautiful writing poetic, raw and brutalthat it had to end up with a 5 star, for me This novel is a letter from little dog a Vietnamese American gay man to his Vietnamese mother.The family came to A...

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    No review Just a list of adjectives.BrutalRawDevastatingBeautifulIncandescentStunningThe author didn t write this book he opened his heart and just let it bleed all over the pages Reading it cracked mine open and turned me inside out.Just a sample Did you know people get rich off of sadness I wan...

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