Ru by Kim ThúyRu by Kim Thúy


byKim Thúy

Paperback | June 9, 2014 | French

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Écrit sur un ton féminin, sensible et très original, Ru dénote un grand talent dans l'art de raconter, où le souvenir devient prétexte tantôt au jeu, tantôt au recueillement. L'ouvrage est composé de très courts textes liés un peu comme dans une ritournelle, ce qui permet de faire le pont entre tous les événements que la narratrice a connus et qu'elle relate avec beaucoup d'esprit, de finesse : sa naissance au Vietnam pendant la guerre, sa fuite avec les boat people, son accueil dans une petite ville du Québec, ses études, ses liens familiaux, sa vie amoureuse, son enfant autiste... Ru présente le récit intimiste d'une survivante, oscillant entre le tragique et le comique, entre le prosaïque et le spirituel, qui contient toute la grandeur de la vie.
Title:RuFormat:PaperbackDimensions:7.5 × 4.2 × 1.75 inPublished:June 9, 2014Publisher:10 sur 10Language:French

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ISBN - 10:2897220023

ISBN - 13:9782897220020

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very well written Ru is a great collection of autobiographical short stories by Kim Thúy, a Vietnamese-Canadian who immigrated here as a child with the Vietnamese Boat People. To start, when I first learned that this book was comprised of just short stories I was a little hesitant, but I think this choice really allowed Thúy to best capture the emotions of her journey. This was particularly true for her memories of the escape from Vietnam and her time spent at refugee camps because the writing style allowed her to present such raw feelings that were evident to the reader. Furthermore, Thúy talks about the struggles she has faced as a child and those she continues to face today as a minority. I also personally find these narratives the most intriguing as they greatly contrast my own experiences and allow me to try and understand a different perspective, which is greatly achieved by the writing in this book. My critique would be that the emotion was not carried throughout the entire book, as a number of stories in the middle became less descriptive and more factual. While I respect that these stories were necessary to the overall narrative and certainly helped plateau the reader's emotions before getting amped up again. Yet, I just feel that perhaps going full throttle over less pages would have been more of a "homerun" for me. Overall, I commend the author for exposing her life and sharing her most intimate emotions with the readers. I would definitely recommend this book to others, especially those in need of a good lesson on empathy and understanding.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This was the most beautifully written book I have ever read. I couldn't put it down. I literally came home from work and read the entire thing cover to cover.
Date published: 2018-06-08