Ru by Kim Thúy audiobook

Ru: A Novel

By Kim Thúy
Translated by Sheila Fischman

Random House Canada
3.22 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780735275935

Ru. In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow--of tears, blood, money. Kim Thúy's Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec. There, the young girl feels the embrace of a new community, and revels in the chance to be part of the American Dream. As an adult, the waters become rough again: now a mother of two sons, she must learn to shape her love around the younger boy's autism. Moving seamlessly from past to present, from history to memory and back again, Ru is a book that celebrates life in all its wonder: its moments of beauty and sensuality, brutality and sorrow, comfort and comedy.

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Ru. In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow--of tears, blood, money. Kim Thúy's Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec. There, the young girl feels the embrace of a new community, and revels in the chance to be part of the American Dream. As an adult, the waters become rough again: now a mother of two sons, she must learn to shape her love around the younger boy's autism. Moving seamlessly from past to present, from history to memory and back again, Ru is a book that celebrates life in all its wonder: its moments of beauty and sensuality, brutality and sorrow, comfort and comedy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Powerful and engaging.... In short entries that read lyrically and poetically—but also powerfully, pungently, and yet gently, dispassionately—Ru blends politics and history, celebration and violence within a young girl’s imaginative experience…. [I]ts hybrid and enchanted voice conjur[es] a love song out of chaos and pain, singing and rilling its simplicities. Winnipeg Free Press
In a series of vignettes which extend from wartime Vietnam to the hospitable precincts of Quebec, Kim Thúy writes with equal delicacy and candor about a childhood marked by horrifying brutality, and the pleasures of ordinary peace. A brave and moving book, bringing lucid insight both to the costs of violence, and elusive processes of psychic survival. Eva Hoffman, author of Lost in Translation
Gloriously, passionately, delicately unique….  A remarkable book; one that has well-earned every note of praise it has received. The Chronicle Journal
This is an exemplary autobiographical novel. Never is there the slightest hint of narcissism or self-pity. The major events in the fall of Vietnam are painted in delicate strokes, through the daily existence of a woman who has to reinvent herself elsewhere. A tragic journey described in a keen, sensitive and perfectly understated voice. Governor General's Literary Award jury citation
This is one of the millions of stories of migration in this country, the story of a woman migrating from Vietnam to Canada . . . It is harrowing, beautiful, and has compressed, perfect writing. This is the story of the future of Canada. Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, defending Ru at Canada Reads 2015
WINNER 2015 - Canada ReadsWINNER 2011 – Grand prix littéraire Archambault WINNER 2011 – Mondello Prize for MulticulturalismWINNER 2010 – Prix du Grand Public Salon du livre––Essai/Livre pratiqueWINNER 2010 – Governor General’s Award for Fiction (French-language)WINNER 2010 – Grand Prix RTL-Lire at the Salon du livre de Paris Longlisted 2013 – Man Asian Literary PrizeLonglisted 2014 – International IMPAC Dublin Literary AwardNominated 2012 – Amazon.ca First Novel AwardShortlist 2012 - Scotiabank Giller PrizeShortlist 2012 – Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation

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Author Bio: Kim Thúy

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 3.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English