EBOOK The Boat
The production uality art direction sound design and every other thoughtful decision that went into crafting this interactive web comic is what pushes this story to 5 stars I think if I had read this story in
a traditional format with just the text I would have rated it 3 traditional format with just the text I would have rated it 3 because the short length and choppy writing don t provide much context for the historical setting or enough to make me emotionally connected to the characters However the craft truly enhanced the story to
it feel visceral immersive and from my POV as an art director I m impressed enough with the work on a technical level to ive it the full 5 stars I appreciate how the music and sound effects create a claustrophobic atmosphere and that there were so many little details like having the comic panels tilt around the screen when the boat is rocking around The emotional beats were executed well such as showing starvation through art that diminishes as you scroll down These nuances make it clear that there was a lot of time care and thought put into this I totally et why people might rate this 3 stars due to lack of historical context provided and not having much of an emotional connection but I think if you come from a design background you will appreciate the craft and if you are of Vietnamese heritage it ll be a sobering story to think about sigh Where do I even begin with what went wrong with this book It started off so well Certain scenes are so well described that I was really invested as a reader However I hate the way he ends each story or rather doesn t The first story felt like a ood introduction chapter to a novel except it s not a novel it was just a short story on its own In turn it made the story have a horrible ending with a uick sum up of what the character understood from the events in a few sentences It s an interesting book because it asks the uestion of whether or not anybody can write a story about a time place culture language etc that is not their own I think it s possible because he does it decently in twothree of the stories However the rest were crap I didn t believe them They lacked a certain insight of someone who has lived that life or lived in that place or understood that culture Write what you know should be plastered across his computer screen or above his typewriter The stories were like the Hollywood version of certain stories No wonder certain critics were iving such high praise of it These stories were stories that were clearly imagined about other places and other times while the author rests comfortably in a pampered lifestyle thousands of miles from the actual locations So looking at other reviews for this book it was clearly a love or hate book and unfortunately I am far close to the hate end of the scale the an the love endThis is a collection of seven short stories by a Vietnamese Australian author The first story and the last titular story are autobiographical in some shape or form the others take place in a range of places the USA Iran Colombia and JapanFor me the stories didn t read well They were awkward or clunky in their transitions in time mostly or remained unresolved and for me therefore pointless or just didn t feel believable or legitimate Perhaps it was a stretch to write in the voice of people of different nationalities although in some cases the settings were fairly reasonably describedUltimately I had to skim the last three stories as the previous ones had made it too unlikely that I would sustain a careful read of this book2 stars I have to admit I am still ten pages from finishing this book but I can t do it any With the exception of. A stunningly inventive deeply moving fiction debut stories that take us from the slums of Colombia to the streets of Tehran; from New York City to Iowa City; from a tiny fishing village in Australia to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea in a masterly display of literary virtuosity and feeling In the magnificent opening story Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice a young writer is urged by his friends to mine his father. Or me and nowadays my bones ache after even a uick dip The Aussie boy is sitting by the shore shivering It The Aussie boy is sitting by the shore shivering It like the wind was reased he thought it slid right against you leaving your skin slippery where it touched About swimming he thinks it was easy to forget past the reef that you were on the edge of the reat continental shelf until a rip drifted you out and one of those cold currents snaked up from the depths and brushed its slightest fringe against your body Then you remembered I haven t even mentioned the bombs in Tehran or the people in Hiroshima or The Boat a harrowing story that could also have been his You ll just have to read themThanksMake It Feel Visceral
TO NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER FORNetGalley and the publisher for me a copy of these to review I hope there will be to follow from this talented writer dnf at page 205 with 2 short stories to oI read the first story in this collection for uni and I really liked it I wanted to read of Nam Le s short stories because why wouldn t you when you really liked one I can say for me the first short story the one I d already read is the best one It Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind gripped me and piued my interest and I ve actually read it 3 or 4 times now Really like itBut none of the other stories were reallyrabbing my interest And the thing is there s no doubt Nam Le is a Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus good writer His words are beautiful and he captures so many different people and puts down such an interesting take on them all But something wasn trabbing me I was increasingly disengaged and this is the year I ve told myself I m not Rudram in Tamil going to force myself to finish things I m not lovingThere will definitely be stories in here people will like The second story probably my favourite beside the first follows Columbian spies the third story Halfhead Bay follows an Australian surfer who s story is reminiscent of the ones Tim Winton writes If you like Winton you ll like that oneIt is unfortunate I wasn t finding something torab me here I think it was the characters none of these short story characters really made me want to read on But I don t think this is a bad collection and I think Nam Le is a beautiful writer someone mentioned he s a poetry writer makes senseSo overall this is ood but it wasn t for me this broke my heart into a billion pieces first book for asian readathon read an asian book you can t relate to not asianvietnamese not a man Based on a narrative by Nam Le The Boat tells the story of a young irl s arduous journey from Vietnam as an asylum seeker It is the first interactive webcomic that I ve ever read and I am in awe at the production uality and the thought that went into the design and formatting I especially enjoyed the soundtrack and how it enhanced the scenes at handThe feelings of claustrophobia and the inhumane conditions on the boat really came across through the hauntingly beautiful music and fitting sound effects On top of that the black and white art style added to the bleak nature of their uest This webcomic follows the young KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! girl Mai and the two people she s closest to on the boat the even younger boy Truong and his mother ueyen Personally I didn t uite manage to connect to any of the characters because the webcomic was just too short for that it took me around 15 minutes to finish it and I didn t alwayset why c like Bon Iver s debut album of last year this book proves that sweet art will make its way when it s at
s least eager uiet brilliant idyll each story sent me on a one hour walk around the canyons the first one and the last one were my favourites and halflead could ve been a winton short from the turning im officially jealous of this vietnamese australian master craftsman. Hall debut And with raceful symmetry the final title story returns to Vietnam to a fishing trawler crowded with refugees where a young woman's bond with a mother and her small son forces both women to a shattering decision Brilliant daring and demonstrating a jaw dropping versatility of voice and point of view The Boat is an extraordinary work of fiction that takes us to the heart of what it means to be human and announces a writer of astonishing if.It S Least Eager
Nam Le Ç 9 Free readThe first story this book bored me to tears I ive it two starts instead of one because Le is a reat writer At fear of sounding like a literary agent I will still say that I couldn t relate to any of these characters or their lives And this is because the writer didn t make it easy for me to relate to them Le is an excellent writer but a horrilbe story teller He never drew me in for a second and I m not one to easily Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION get bored with books One of the writers uoted in the back of the book says The Boat will be read as long as people read books Good God I hope not which really is sad because this could ve been a reallyood book iven Le s talent but it comes off forcedit s no surprise his friends tell him he needs to write about his family s life in Vietnam instead of old rich men in Manhattan To et a taste of Le s talent without having to read the whole thing read the New York Times book review and read the excerpt from the first story Faulkner you know my friend said over the sueals he said we should write the old verities Love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrificeThis uote is planted suare in the middle of Nam Le s opening story a metafictional conceit that allows the author to address the reader directly about how ethnicity and the immigrant experience can both confer a special status on an author while also becoming a crutch hobbling his imaginationThat s precisely what I admire so much about on an author while also becoming a crutch hobbling his imaginationThat s precisely what I admire so much about collection Nam Le shows an impressive reach in the range of these stories The most successful the opening story Halfhead Bay and Meet 5 I was delighted to find this book of well written short stories by Aussie author Nam Le who arrived here by boat as a refugee from Vietnam when he was only one These eight stories are all uite different from each other
and Le speaks in many voices from different countries all believable Vietnamese Colombian Japanese Iranian Australian I think my favourite isLe speaks in many voices from different countries all believable Vietnamese Colombian Japanese Iranian Australian I think my favourite is young Aussie lad in the fishing family with the sick mum Football a Mesagerul girl bullies a jetty a struggling dad and younger brother It s all there It s a short story but it s all there This one is reminiscent of Tim WintonThat to me is the beauty of aood short story You are curious about what came before and what might follow but it isn t necessary to knowI don t know if the first story is autobiographical or not but Le ot his Master s in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and the first story is about a son writing about his Vietnamese father who has come to visit him at the University of Iowa at an inopportune time when he has writing deadlines to meet He resents the interruption and the reminders of his father s historyA friend says to just write about Vietnam Ethnic literature is hot His friends talk about exploiting the whole Vietnamese thing He doesn t want to but as he pieces together his father s story and understands the horrors of the massacre from which he escaped he feels compelled all I could do was think about my father and his excuses Those tattered bodies on top of him The "Ten Hours He D Waited " hours he d waited filling his lungs until nightfall He has trouble dealing with the contrast between his father s experiences and his own life It s hard to look at this little old man and realise this was the soldier who d raised him and punished him so harshly I enjoyed his writing style About young Colombians a uy says They look younger than I remember Only Pedro has rown he looks like he has been seized by a fistful of hair and stretched up two inches About a father desperate to see his daughter who was taken from him as an infant The past s a cold body of water 's experiences in Vietnam and what seems at first a satire of turning one's life into literary commerce becomes a transcendent exploration of homeland and the ties between father and son Cartagena provides a visceral limpse of life in Colombia as it enters the mind of a fourteen year old hit man facing the ultimate test In Meeting Elise an aging New York painter mourns his body's decline as he prepares to meet his daughter on the eve of her Carnegie.