A Review | On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong


On Earth We are Briefly Gorgeous

 

What is it about?

This is the brilliant and heart-breaking story of Little Dog.

Through letters to his mother who cannot read, Little Dog unearths a family’s history that began before he was born. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is a brutal honest exploration of race, class and masculinity.

It tells of Vietnam, the family’s struggle and the impact of war with episodes of bewilderment, passion and fear.

 

 What’s the verdict?

The most poetic book we have read in Iggy’s book club, Vuong writes beautifully. Its thoughtful and tender and will make you pause just to think and then rethink about what you have read.

The perfect pick for the first in our new Iggy's bookclub series.

 

Favourite Quotes

“They say nothing lasts forever but they’re just scared it will last longer than they can love it.”

“I miss you more than I remember you.”

“When does the war end? When can I say your name and have it mean only your name and not what you left behind?”

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