On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous



On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous Poet Ocean Vuong s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family s history that began before he was born a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years. Download On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous Author Ocean Vuong – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous
  • Ocean Vuong
  • English
  • 01 August 2017
  • 0525562028

10 thoughts on “On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous

  1. Celeste Ng says:

    ON EARTH WE RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS will be described rightly as luminous, shattering, urgent, necessary But the word I keep circling back to is raw that s how powerful the emotions here are, and how you ...

  2. Angela M says:

    This is such a beautiful book title and it was the title that drew me to read the description and request a copy of it Not only is the title beautiful, but much of the writing here is as well It s described as literary fiction, but a brief look at Ocean Vuong s bio after I read this book made the biographical nature of the story striking This letter from a young Vietnamese immigrant to his mother who doesn t know how to read is raw, impactful, achingly sad, painful to read It is filled with This is such a beautiful book title and it was the title that drew me to read the description and request a copy of it Not only is the title beautiful, but much of the writing here is as well It s described as literary fiction, but a brief look at Ocean Vuong s bio after I read this book made the biographical nature of the story striking This letter from a young Vietnamese immigrant to his mother who doesn t know how to read is raw, impactful, achingly sad, painful to read It is filled with flashbacks to his childhood when he is bullied at school, physically abused by his mother, protected by his grandmother It is filled with stories and memories of his mother and grandmother s past fleeing Vietnam as their pasts become part of his story I...

  3. Michael says:

    Thoughtful and tender, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous meditates on the powers of storytelling The autobiographical novel s framed as a letter from a queer Vietnamese son, Little Dog, to his illiterate single mother, Rose Across three expansive parts Little Dog reflects on his turbulent youth spent in Hartford, Connecticut, and hopes that the act of remembering family history through writing might heal longstanding wounds and bring parent and child closer Using as guideposts the works of thin Thoughtful and tender, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous meditates on the powers of storytelling The autobiographical novel s framed as a letter from a queer Vietnamese son, Little Dog, to his illiterate single mother, Rose Across three expansive parts Little Dog reflects on his turbulent youth spent in Hartford, Connecticut, and hopes that the act of remembering family history through writing might heal longstanding wounds and bring parent and child closer Using as guideposts the works of thinkers as diverse as Elaine Scarry and Qiu Miaojin, the narrator roams among a wide array of shared memories, from his mother s harrowing acts of abuse to her infrequent but intense displays of affection So, too, does Little Dog contemplate the nuances of his relat...

  4. anna (readingpeaches) says:

    i want to tattoo on earth we re briefly gorgeous on my ribs but it s cool, i m cool abt it This review is also posted on my blog I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Ocean Vuong is first foremost a poet and On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous is his literary debut he also has a poem by the same title It s not a novel novel, though, not in this very Western sense we re all used to There are no prominent arcs or villains, or any ascending tensi i want to tattoo on earth we re briefly gorgeous on my ribs but it s cool, i m cool abt it This review is also posted on my blog I received an ARC from the publish...

  5. Ron Charles says:

    May 31 marks the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman s birth, and the best present we could possibly receive is Ocean Vuong s debut novel, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous The connection between the Good Gray Poet and this young Vietnamese immigrant may seem tenuous, but with his radical approach to form and his daring mix of personal reflection, historical recollection and sexual exploration, Vuong is surely a literary descendant of the author of Leaves of Grass Emerging from the most margin May 31 marks the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman s birth, and the best present we could possibly receive is Ocean Vuong s debut novel, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous The connection between the Good Gray Poet and this young Vietnamese immigrant may seem tenuous, but with his radical approach to form and his daring mix of personal reflection, historical recollection and sexual exploration, Vuong is surely a literary descendant of the author of Leaves of Grass Emerging from the most marginalized circumstances, he has produced a lyrical work of self discovery that s shockingly intimate and insistently universal.The fact that we can hear Vuong s voice today in America stems from a function of tragedy a...

  6. Trish says:

    This work is called a novel but it is a ball of flame tossed into a dark night, blinding, brilliant, searing Who knows if it is poetry or novel or memoir the language fills the mouth and is saturated with truth We recognize it We ve tasted it We are pained by it It still hurts.Something here is reminiscent of the epic poetry of Homer Life s brutality, man s frailty, the odyssey, the clash of civilizations, the incomparable language undeniably capturing human experience, these things make This work is called a novel but it is a ball of flame tossed into a dark night, blinding, brilliant, searing Who knows if it is poetry or novel or memoir the language fills the mouth and is saturated with truth We recognize it We ve tasted it We are pained by it It still hurts.Something here is reminiscent of the epic poetry of Homer Life s brutality, man s frailty, the odyssey, the clash of civiliz...

  7. Jeff Zentner says:

    Thank you to Penguin for an advance copy of this book Sometimes you think you know well the geography of the land of words and language Then, a book takes you by the hand and says look And it shows you soaring mountains, crystalline waterfalls, and golden meadows you d never before seen You see your world in a whole new way This is that book This book packs an unfathomable amount of terrible, haunting beauty wisdom love sensuality and living and dying into its urgent 242 pages But mak Thank you to Penguin for an advance copy of this book Sometimes you think you know well the geography of the land of words and language Then, a book takes you by the hand and says look And it shows you soaring mountains, crystalline waterfalls, and golden meadows you d never before seen You see your world in a whole new way This is that book This book packs an unfathomable amount of terrible, haunting beauty wisdom love sensuality and living and dying into its urgent 242 pages But make no mistake it is not a quick read You will find yourself dwelling on single lines, running your fingers along them in wonder of their craft On every page, Ocean Vuong turns you inside out to show you how your heart is stitched together turns the fabric of humankind inside out to show you how it s stitched together Reading some books feels like staring into the sun, robb...

  8. Roman Clodia says:

    A book which manages to be both raw and polished, ultimately I think this is an exploration of self and all the myriad factors that combine to create an individual The narrator has a complicated inheritance that leads back to Vietnam in the 1960s, and he suffers for racial reasons in America as well as from the overhang of war which has never left his grandmother and mother The second part of the story revolves around a delicate love affair, one haunted by its own troubles grounded in addictio A book which manages to be both raw and polished, ultimately I think this is an exploration of self and all the myriad factors that combine to create an individual The narrator has a complicated inheritance that leads back to Vietnam in the 1960s, and he suffers for racial reasons in America as well as from the overhang of war which has never left his grandmother and mother The second part of the story revolves around a delicate love affair, one haunted by its own troubles grounded in addi...

  9. Rachel says:

    rtc

  10. Jaclyn Crupi says:

    There is something magical that can happen when a poet turns to prose This is a beautiful, raw and powerful letter of love from a son to his illiterate mother It all comes back to love and survival but Vuong is exploring race, class, inter generational trauma, s...

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