The award-winning "Catfish and Mandala" is the poignant, lyrical tale of an American odyssey--a solo bicycle voyage around the Pacific Rim to Vietnam ...Show synopsisThe award-winning "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.Hide synopsis
Description:Good jacket. NOT ex-library. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Gently read....Good jacket. NOT ex-library. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Gently read. Dust jacket shows slight edge wear. All items shipped within 2 business days and guaranteed. Proceeds benefit the Pima County Public Library, serving the greater Tucson area.
Description:Very Good-in Good+ dust jacket. 0374119740. FIRST EDITION AS...Very Good-in Good+ dust jacket. 0374119740. FIRST EDITION AS STATED ON COPYRIGHT PAGE, SIGNED BY AUTHOR ON TITLE PAGE. used hardcover in dust jacket. moderate shelfwear; corners/edges are mildly bumped and rubbed. spine ends are a little bumped in and creased. dj is mildly scuffed yet remains glossy with minor chipping to the edges and no tears. binding is a little weak at front hinge yet all pages remain intact and straight. page are slightly scuffed but clean.; 1.27 x 9.32 x 6.44 Inches; 336 pages; Signed by Author.
Description:New. New hardcover book. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With...New. New hardcover book. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 344 p. Audience: General/trade. In a plastic cover.
Description:David Tran (Cover Design) Very Good. Academic, Scholarly,...David Tran (Cover Design) Very Good. Academic, Scholarly, Research. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 344 pp. Solidly bound copy with moderate external wear, crisp pages and clean text. Lightly creased cover corners. Synopsis: In narrating his search for his roots, Vietnamese-American and first-time a uthor Pham alternates between two story lines. The first, which begins in w ar-torn Vietnam, chronicles the author's hair-raising escape to the U.S. as an adolescent in 1977 and his family's subsequent and somewhat troubled li fe in California. The second recounts his return to Vietnam almost two deca des later as an Americanized but culturally confused young man. Uncertain i f his trip is a "pilgrimage or a farce, " Pham pedals his bike the length of his native country, all the while confronting the guilt he feels as a succ essful Viet-kieu (Vietnamese expatriate) and as a survivor of his older sis ter Chai, whose isolation in America and eventual suicide he did little to prevent. Flipping between the two story lines, Pham elucidates his main dil emma: he's an outsider in both America and VietnamAin the former for being Vietnamese, and the latter for being Viet-kieu. Aside from a weakness for h yphenated compounds like "people-thick" and "passion-rich, " Pham's prose is fluid and fast, navigating deftly through time and space. Wonderful passag es describe the magical qualities of catfish stew, the gruesome preparation of "gaping fish" (a fish is seared briefly in oil with its head sticking o ut, but is supposedly still alive when served), the furious flow of traffic in Ho Chi Minh City and his exasperating confrontations with gangsters, dr unken soldiers and corrupt bureaucrats. In writing a sensitive, revealing b ook about cultural identity, Pham also succeeds in creating an exciting adv enture story.
Description:Very good. No dust jacket. Signed by author. slight wear to...Very good. No dust jacket. Signed by author. slight wear to cover at top edge, top and bottom of spine, and corners. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 344 p. Audience: General/trade.
Description:Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by the author. Glued binding....Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by the author. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 344 p. Audience: General/trade. Dedication by author on title page, "For Bob, Thanks for coming. Best wishes." Andrew Pham.
I read this book while on vacation after graduating from college. As an Asian-American, the book was incredibly interesting in addressing the issues of never being quite "American enough" based on looks. Pham's book provides not only an insight into his trek from the US to Vietnam, but also into race relations over the past 30 or so years. Highly recommend it.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.
You're signed up (and we ♥ you). Watch for our Welcome e-mail and your first coupon. Thanks!