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The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla (Author) Gibb
  

The Beauty of Humanity Movement

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The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla (Author) Gibb

They say that the history of Vietnam can be found in a bowl of pho, and from his handcart- kitchen, Old Man Hu'ng makes the best in all Hanoi. But a striking young Vietnamese-American woman - Maggie Ly - wants more from him than a bowl of soup.Just a young girl when Saigon fell, Maggie fled with her mother to America, leaving her dissident father to an uncertain fate. Now in her thirties, she has returned to the country of her birth in the hopes of discovering what became of him - and Hu'ng may hold the key.Maggie's guide through Hanoi is Tu, a street-smart young man as fluent in the ways of Western culture as he is governed by his own. Together the old man, the returning daughter, and the young entrepreneur become unlikely friends and allies; and as their stories gradually unfurl, each adds a new layer to another largely untold story: the story of modern Vietnam.

Reviews

A debunker of stereotypes and a seeker of the big picture, [Gibb] isn't satisfied with merely creating convincing characters and a bold plot. She educates and enlightens the reader. . . . Gibb portrays Hung as a figure of immense pathos and dignity. . . . A bittersweet story of old lost love is brought up to date, and that the beauty of humanity--sans irony--triumphs. -- The Gazette (Montreal) Gibb ties the strands of narrative together in the same way that Hung makes his pho - with care, with gentleness and with reality. She employs all the senses to create a vivid aesthetic tapestry of the concrete, and then infuses it with the abstractions of family and ambition and respect for elders. . . . Gibb has created her own 'Beauty of Humanity,
andat the heart is the talented and loving Old Man Hung.

-- The Globe and Mail


About the Author

Camilla Gibb was born in London and grew up in Canada. She has a PhD in social anthropology from Oxford University and has been writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. Her previous novels, Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life and Sweetness in the Belly, have been published to acclaim in eighteen countries. The jury of the Orange Prize named her as one of twenty-one women writers to watch in the twenty-first century. She lives in Toronto.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2012

Author

Camilla (Author) Gibb

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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781848877948

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