Thi Diem Thúy Lê. In six refugees-a girl, her father, and four "uncles"--Are pulled from the sea to begin a new life in San Diego. Add tags for "The gangster we are all looking for". Get news about Literary Fiction books, authors, and more. As vivid as a fairy tale, as allusive as a poem.”. le thi diem thuy is represented by the Knopf Speaker’s Bureau. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Le's first novel is a bracing, unvarnished, elliptical The Gangster We Are All Looking For by [Le, Thi Diem Thuy].
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Many families are open book, proud of their generations and history. Welcome to These Days. I wrote this book -- I started it in its beginnings in the summer of when I was a student at Hampshire college on the east coast in Massachusetts.
I wanted to just think about who my parents were before they had me, before I was even in the picture. And to consider them as young people, even before they met, right? I think I was far enough away from home that I could begin to ask some of these questions, who am I? And when you ask who are you, you upon, who am I, then it's like, who are my parents?
Who are they separate from me? Because they were the ones who had brought me to this country, and yet also were the ones who kind of -- who carried the memory of the home country of Vietnam. So I wanted to create a book that addressed this question of how we, as a family, came to be in America. But very specifically that we were individuals, that you, know, this is not just a story about refugees of war, but about a man who loves a women, they have a girl, they lost a child, so these are very human questions, and in the progress of reading it, I hope that people come to understand Tabar is -- is something that impacts specific places and specific people, not just during the span of a war, but in the period before and after.
So the book is -- is really trying to map that sense of before a cataclysm, you have the build up, you answer the thing itself, and then you have ah, the span afterwards! And it's only in the span afterwards that you start to say, what was that? Now, when you first started asking these questions to yourself, the questions that form the bases of this book, were your patients mysterious to you in some way. I mean, I had a sentence that they were hot shot -- they were hay hot shot couple in Vietnam.
They had a certain kind of attitude, they dressed a certain kind of way, my dad was really into funk when we got to America. I had a sense that they carried themselves in a certain way. And yet they lived relatively prescribed lives in America.
They owned the house, I mean, they owned the realm of the house, say, but from the moment you stepped out the front door, they seemed to diminish in some way. And so there was this contrast between the private space and the public space where they were such lively story tellers, my mom would cook up a storm, they would tell jokes, but then when you wept outside, it was like they folded themselves down into discrete entities, which was really not who they were as people, you know?
So yes, growing up, I did feel like, well, who are these people? And why is there such a contrast between how they carry themselves in private and then how they carry themselves in public as if the public was not safe to be in somehow?
And for people who have not read your book yet, how did you come to live in San Diego.
And then we started to -- my mother arrived two years later. So we were separated from her for two years. And during those two years, I think I became fully Americanized, [check] all of that stuff. So it was a shock when I met my mother again because it was like she had come from a world I'd left.
And we didn't at that time have diplomatic relations with Vietnam. So you couldn't even call Vietnam, you know? So there were two years of very intense silence where my mom disappeared from me. So when she arrived, then we were a family again. But I think she -- my father and I had mislead her, basically, my dad took me to La Jolla and had me -- the two of us photographed in front of some La Jollan mansion and he sent her this picture that said, you know, we're doing type, like don't inquire about us.
So I think she arrived thinking that we had it made. And we department have it made. And so it was a big starting over. An Asian girl abandoned her two heavy baggage, her parents, and chose to run away; it was surprising but real. With Western literature, it was the unnecessary limitations and cultural differences that caged me from pouring my entire emotion in the book. Because of the requirements that I needed to follow and look for in reading European literature, my reading habit slowly faded away.
When I was reading Gangster, I began to learn again what it means to truly enjoy a novel. I enjoy a novel not because of its short pages and large fonts or its vibrant colored cover, but because of my ability to develop a personal relationship with the characters and the plots in the book. This novel is different because it wasn't just empty words but each passage is significant to me because I always remember a similar scene that happened in my life.
Some scenes brought down teardrops from my eyes. Gangster is a true and touching story about a family of Vietnamese refugees. After they went through a very challenging passage, the little girl was trying to find her place in this new and foreign country.
It was familiar to me when Ma was crying and screaming in the truck when her whole family had to move out, abandoning all their stuffs in their apartments because of a sudden evacuation notice. She was screaming "Why Often, I ask the same questions myself when I feel oppressed in any ways because of my ethnicity.
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Living in this so-called free country, why do I still get discriminated based on my race or gender? Ma's unrestricted yelling in the truck is moving and for the first time, I agree with the words on the page. Those words gave me the courage to yell out the same questions. Those questions gave me strength in fighting for what privilege I righteously deserve.
The words on the page are heartfelt. Knowing how the family was going through stressful time, it was a very memorable part in the novel when the girl decided to run away to East Coast to pursue her interest in writing. Instead of being bounded by familial obligation often enforced in many Asian cultures, she chose to pursue her dream and takes off.
She has decided on her own identity in this gigantic land of America. Many feelings rushed through my mind when I was reading this passage because abandoning one's family is absolutely prohibited by many elders in Asia. I can never imagine myself abandoning my own parents and running away. However, her action actually widened my traditional view and brought forth a new idea to me.
Her action may seem disrespectful at first but it is actually her own attempt to bridge the large gap between the East and the West.
The young girl was once a Vietnamese but now she is a Vietnamese-American. This is an eye-opening concept to me because I was often hindered by the traditional Asian morals and was never able to cross into the opposite side of the spectrum. I wanted to follow the girl's footstep as she was trying to find her place in the States.
I looked forward to the next page and the page after that. It was emotional when her family was having terrifying challenges through the loss of their homes. It was shocking and new when the narrator decided to relieve herself from traditional bounds and pursue her dream. This novel provides something new for everyone. For me, its truthfulness reopened the door of reading for me.
This is a great book to start on the road to truly experience the intriguing Asian American's culture.
Would recommend to anyone interested in the Truly an excellent read. Would recommend to anyone interested in the struggle of a people that had no choice but to escape death.
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Narrative style[ edit ] The novel is told through the voice of the immigrant girl when she is six, and continues building until she was Remove FREE. Entertainment Weekly : "Lovely and sparse, Gangster is like an impressionist painting-pretty strokes of prose melding to create a larger whole.
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