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The Boat by Nam Lee - Download as Word Doc .doc /.docx), PDF File .pdf), Text I recently finished the collected short stories titled “The Boat” by Nam Le- my. Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice (PDF, 82KB) Nam Le is the son of Vietnamese refugees and was a year old when his. The seven stories in Nam Le's masterful collection take us across the globe, guiding us to the heart of what it means to be human. From the slums.

Continue reading the main story The boat in the title story of this remarkable collection is filled with Vietnamese refugees, people squashed into a space meant for 15, going on two weeks at sea, racked by thirst and hunger and illness, their skin blistered by the unrelenting sun on deck, the quarters below awash in vomit and human waste. There is no medicine and little water for the ill; the dead, bundles of skin and bones, are thrown overboard into the shark-infested waters. As more and more bundles were thrown overboard she taught herself not to look — not to think of the bundles as human — she resisted the impulse to identify which families had been depleted. She seized distraction from the immediate things: the weather, the next swallow of water, the ever-forward draw of time. The other tales in this book, however, circumnavigate the globe, demonstrating Mr. Le not only writes with an authority and poise rare even among longtime authors, but he also demonstrates an intuitive, gut-level ability to convey the psychological conflicts people experience when they find their own hopes and ambitions slamming up against familial expectations or the brute facts of history. No female friends. No extracurricular reading. And he recounts how he learned that his father, then 14, witnessed the massacre at My Lai, surviving in a ditch, buried under the body of his mother, who was machine-gunned down with dozens of others. Photo Nam Le Credit Joanne Chan As for the narrator, he left home at 16, fell in love with a girl and experimented with crystal meth. Eventually, he returned home, went to college and law school and became a lawyer in Melbourne — a job he hated, knowing it gave his father pride. At 25, he announced that he was quitting and going to America to become a writer.

She failed to live up to her own expectations there. By contrast, the older man undergoes open-heart surgery after a heart attack, survives, and worries only about his dream of owning a boat for blue-water fishing. In this context, he has opened up the aesthetics of literary prose to the semantic field of medical terminology, for numerous are the technical terms he slips into his stories.

The desperate need to establish some order in the surrounding chaos by way of taxonomy is thus shown to be as unavoidable as it might, more often than not, be quite futile. So Nam Le seems to enjoy the oxymoron in more than one sense. He won the New South Wales Book of the Year award, which goes with a substantial amount of money — incidentally, an award won by Michelle de Kretser before him. They refuse fictional uniformity, leaping between time, place and milieu, miraculously discovering a fresh voice and style in each instance to sharpen the contrasts between them.

The restless subject-matter reflects a larger agitation. Nam Le is, after all, a Vietnamese- born writer; his family came to Australia by boat when he was one.

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Such literature views traditional borders, whether physical, linguistic or racial, as increasingly arbitrary and superficial constructs. Just as money travels around the global economy with no thought of passports or visa regulations, transnational literature goes wherever it wants.

Each created world is real, believable; each in turn makes the others seem strange and unfamiliar, almost dream-like.

But instead, you choose to write about Lesbian vampires and Colombian assassins, and Hiroshima orphans — and New York painters with haemorrhoids. I cannot, however, follow him at all when he states categorically: self, where history and headlines have left no footprint, raised no flag. Thema- tically, he shows a dominant interest in global violence and the use of drugs.

As already indicated, the demonstrative self-reflexivity is a mere pose. Conse- quently, we have to characterize him as a poseur, an attitudinizer.

And there is a fascinating side to his playfulness. It is not so much a question of postmod- ernism, as so many critics thought because of the example of the first story. It is my contention that the playfulness concerns his notion of authenticity.

Let me demonstrate the extent to which Google is a partner in the writing. It is certainly no accident that these three, out of a total of seven, all refer to cities. In the best Kipling tradition, sprinklings of Spanish provide the sugaring of the pill.

There is sicario, for killer, which refers to the fourteen-year- old hitman, who is the central figure of the story. But there are also gallada, basuco, and sacol, to guarantee the reference to street-kid groups smaller than gangs, to a particular type of crack, and to cheap glue poor kids might inhale.

The mention of bushido, the warrior way.

In the story, the invalid father works as a priest at a Shinto shrine. Through the details of the garden and his use of metaphors taken from nature to illustrate particularities of the crude reality of war, where different species of cicada explain the sound of different bombers , the atrocities are, admit- tedly, poetically counterbalanced.


In their overall impact, however, they could easily give the text an extra cynical tinge. Moreover, the garden details can be gleaned from the internet — for example, the reference to the famous shukkei-en, an historic Japanese garden in Hiroshima. The term basiji, which stands for the vigilante-like religious militia, is introduced, and Ashura is thematized extensively.

The web is full of gruesome photos. Further page references are in the main text. The central character is a year-old lawyer from Portland, Oregon living in the urban-chic neighbourhood of Pearl District. This Sarah Middleton looks back at a failed relationship and visits her Iranian friend in Tehran. Now she is trying to organize dissent within the country. When the two women meet, strik- ing discrepancies emerge. Pending litigation between Ottawa and Tehran, the case never really disappeared from the American media, well into To come back to the general question of interlinked story collections, the model seems to have caught on in Australia, as is undoubtedly shown by the ambitious collection What Came Between by Patrick Cullen, published by Scribe in Barnes, Julian.

Cullen, Patrick. Doyle, Roddy. The Deportees ; London: Vintage, Drewe, Robert. Gussow, Mel. Gorra, Michael. Kakutani, Michiko. Kamma, Murali. Kehlmann, Daniel. Koshy, Mridula. It revolves around a disjointed father- son relationship.

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In a sense the story is metafictional as the son struggles to create a story for his writers course. The ending is rather dramatic as it ends in the imagery of the father burning the manuscript in the fire of a homeless mans fire- metaphorical device to represent the feelings of desolation from ones own origins- can a person ever truly integrate into another country? Or will there be lingering longings of home like the way migrants within Australia establish cultural hotspots like Cabramatta for Vietnamese, Lakemba for the Middle Eastern, Belmore for the Korean etc.

Do we all attempt to imitate a home without any sort of progression, acceptance of a multicultural society- we appreciate the hospitality but we do not fully embrace it.

Nam Le: “The Boat”

Key Ideas; Father and child relationship- when roles are reversed The authenticity of telling stories that are not yours. A migrants conflict with their own nature clashing with another culture. The Boat Is a vivid presentation of the primal human need to survive- it is grotty, raw and extremely blunt- in a way that Le has created an atmosphere in which nature itself is against the band of people on the boat.

It is a journey of the Boat People towards what they hope is a more better future- the state of transit is a powerful idea to explore as it isolates the human from place it is a moment of suspension like they are there but not really there?

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