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Catfish & Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam

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ISBN13: 9780312267179
ISBN10: 0312267177
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Winner of the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Winner of the Whiting Writers' Award

A Seattle Post-Intelligencer Best Book of the Year

Catfish and Mandala is the story 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.

Andrew X. Pham was born in Vietnam and raised in California. His father had been a POW of the Vietcong; his family came to America as "boat people." Following the suicide of his sister, Pham quit his job, sold all of his possessions, and embarked on a year-long bicycle journey that took him through the Mexican desert, around a thousand-mile loop from Narita to Kyoto in Japan; and, after five months and 2,357 miles, to Saigon, where he finds "nothing familiar in the bombed-out darkness." In Vietnam, he's taken for Japanese or Korean by his countrymen, except, of course, by his relatives, who doubt that as a Vietnamese he has the stamina to complete his journey ("Only Westerners can do it"); and in the United States he's considered anything but American. A vibrant, picaresque memoir written with narrative flair and an eye-opening sense of adventure, Catfish and Mandala is an unforgettable search for cultural identity.

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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 made by a young Vietnamese-American man in pursuit of both his adopted homeland and his forsaken fatherland.

About the Author

Andrew X. Pham was born in Vietnam in 1967 and moved to California with his family after the war. Catfish and Mandala was the winner of the 1999 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. Mr. Pham lives in Portland, Oregon

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carolandandys, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by carolandandys)
I love this book! Andrew X Pham is able to give substance and meaning to his inner journey to make peace with his past while travelling through his homeland of Vietnam. His descriptions of the landscape and people he encounters is both dreamlike and lyrical. He provides an amazing sense of place in both the inner and outer landscape. This is a must read for any serious bibliophile.
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Book-Fabulous, January 11, 2012 (view all comments by Book-Fabulous)
My book club read this book and it was definitely one of our favorites. I really like books that integrate real history with fictional story and the author did a great job at this. The author wrote vividly, beautifully as he described the main character's immigration from Vietnam, the experience of being "the other" in the United States, and the excited journey up I-5 to Japan and finally to Vietnam as the main character finds what he is searching for - himself. Great book for bikers AND people interested in exploring American stories that often don't get told.
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heidilu, February 25, 2007 (view all comments by heidilu)
'Catfish & Mandala' is my all-time favourite book. I have recommended it to everyone in my family. It is well-written, beautifully visual and refreshingly genuine. I have hoped for years that it would be adapted into a screenplay... I'm still hoping.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312267179
Author:
Pham, Andrew X.
Publisher:
Picador USA
Author:
Pham, Andrew X.
Author:
Pham, A
Author:
ndrew X.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Asia - Southeast
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Vietnam
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Vietnamese Americans
Subject:
Pham, Andrew X.
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Journeys
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
People of Color
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Picador USA ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
[66]
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.51 x 0.93 in

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