I Will Be A "Businessman" at BJPE#5
Am very excited . Tomorrow is the day! I have ever love to go for Bukit
Jelutong Plant Exchange coz I can play meet a lot of people there. At the
5 days ago
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao
The moment I saw this book on display at BookXcess and noticed the author's unique name, I said to myself "I've gotta have it".
Didn't even see the synopsis to check what's the story is about. Moreover, it's cheap at RM14-90.
When I came home I noticed it's a story written by Lan Cao, Vietnamese who left Vietnam and is now residing in New York
The story is about a young girl, Mai, who left Vietnam on the very day which Saigon fell. She was joined by her mother Thanh a few months later. Her grand father, Baba Quan was supposed to join her mother on that trip but for some unknown reason he did not made it.
This issue had haunted Thanh and Mai. Mai had tried several avenue to locate her grandfather. Through this effort she somehow dug up some dark secret of her family.
It's really lovely to read how the story unfolds chapter by chapter. The author is brilliant in keeping the tale hanging till the very end.
The character, Mai, was very vivid. The way she portray the contrast between living in Vietnam and America is real eye opening. Somethings that seems normal to most people could be offensive to others . For example the part where Mai and her mother in a supermarket and the way the cashier summon them to a newly open counter. The cashier meant well, but Thanh thinks the gestures was rude. This is what makes this novel seems so real.