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Ru
Ru | Kim Thuy
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A runaway bestseller in Quebec, with foreign rights sold to 15 countries around the world, Kim Thy's Governor General's Literary Award-winning Ru is a lullaby for Vietnam and a love letter to a new homeland. Ru. In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow - of tears, blood, money. Kim Thy'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. From the Hardcover edition.
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Not feeling well and stuck in bed the last day or so. But at least I can read.

AmyG Feel better! 7mo
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PurpleyPumpkin Ugh, I hope you feel better soon! Hopefully this means some downtime for reading. 😉 7mo
PaperbackPirate I hope you‘re feeling better today! 7mo
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xicanti
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Kim Thúy doesn't care about plot. Her books take the reader inside the central character's experience, all grounded and layered and so beautifully observed you want to rush up to someone and tell them this great/painful/elegant little vignette you just had from a new acquaintance who already feels like a friend. If you're okay with plotless fiction, you should absolutely read her. RU is as good a starting place as any.

britt_brooke Great review! 10mo
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amyf0x
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A meditative, poetic novel that traces a Vietnamese woman‘s memories of her homeland, her family, and growing up in Canada.

Read May 13-16
Book 21/50

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rebeccarvincent
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A slim collection of even shorter vignettes that was nevertheless impossible to rush through. A Vietnamese immigrants‘s story that collected memories & people with precise intention. The best way I can think to describe how the story unfolded (non-linear) is that it was like eating a long & satisfying meal with the main character while she told stories about this and that and here and there. And delivered them with beauty and unmistakable insight.

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rebeccarvincent
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An impromptu addition to what I‘m currently reading. Beautiful vignettes weaving past, present, future and parenting and immigration and autism and life. Lyrical writing that is sparse on the page but precisely chosen for its depth and beauty. Amazed by what I‘ve read so far.

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bookwrm526
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I finished this a few days ago and forgot to post it. It is beautifully written and moving, but also heart-wrenching and hard to read sometimes. I liked the way it was structured, kind of linked short stories almost? This was my book with a #refugeeMC for #booked2018 second quarter, and also my #letterT for #LitsyAtoZ! @BookishMarginalia @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen

Sydsavvy Beautiful!!! 2y
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Betty
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A perfect book package from 🇨🇦 #penpal @TheKidUpstairs on a rainy day. I like magazines, so I know I'll enjoy The Walrus. And the two books look awesome. I like the postcard, and oh! The Maple Leaf on the coaster!! Coaster will sit on my end table right by my elbow. Thank you, Megan!! ❤️♥️

TheKidUpstairs You're so welcome! Glad you like everything 😁 2y
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NerdyRev
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This is a great tiny book with some beautiful writing. It was the 2015 Canada Reads winner. It is written in short, poetic paragraphs that hit their point quickly. Part immigration story and part heartbreak story. This is a powerful book.

Spiderfelt I loved this book. 2y
Lindy @Spiderfelt I loved it too. 2y
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Lacythebookworm
Ru | Kim Thuy
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After reading Man by Thuy, I knew I wanted to read her debut. I enjoyed her exploration of the Vietnamese immigration experience and the nature of memory.

BooksForEmpathy Stacked! This looks sooo good! 2y
rustoryhuf I have to read this! My first name is Ru. 2y
cathysaid You had me at "translation" ? 2y
Lacythebookworm @BooksForEmpathy Yay!! @rustoryhuf Great name!! @cathysaid I know, right?!? 2y
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HippieChickHomeschool
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One of the books I picked up in Canada. Quick read, told in snippets. Autobiographical following the author from her life as a well off girl in South Vietnam, then as a refugee, her girlhood in Quebec and her adult life. Interesting perspective, but I would have like it to be meatier. 3.5⭐️

shawnmooney This one fell flat for me. Six or eight months later it's almost completely vanished from my memory. 2y
HippieChickHomeschool @shawnmooney I probably wanted to like it more than I actually liked it. 2y
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Lacythebookworm
Ru | Kim Thuy
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Started this last night. Enjoying it as a follow-up to The Best We Can Do and continuation of my education on Vietnamese history.

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NerdyRev
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Canadian book mail! After discovering Indigo, it is now my go to for Canadian books. My first mail order from them! It takes two weeks, but who cares?

ReadingEnvy Is it free shipping like Book Depository? 2y
NerdyRev @ReadingEnvy Sadly, no. In Canada yes, but across the border, no. I will mostly use Book Depository still. 2y
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RealLifeReading
Ru | Kim Thuy
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#junebookbugs day 19: #refugees
"Heaven and hell embraced in the belly of our boat. Heaven promised a turning point in our lives, a new future, a new history. Hell, though, displayed our fears: fear of pirates, fear of starvation, fear of poisoning by biscuits soaked in motor oil, fear of running out of water, fear of being unable to stand up, fear of having to urinate in the red pot that was passed from hand to hand, fear that the scabies on the

RealLifeReading baby's head was contagious, fear of never again setting foot on solid ground, fear of never again seeing the faces of our parents, who were sitting in the darkness surrounded by two hundred people. 2y
writerlibrarian A very good pick. 2y
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Jejalena
Ru | Kim Thuy
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Vackert skrivet om vietnamesiska båtflyktingar till Kanada! En annorlunda släkthistoria skrivet ur perspektiv av en kvinna som vid flykten av tio år gammal. Inte alls vad jag väntade mig, men blev påmind om att varje flykting har en bakgrund, in historia. Väldigt vackert form.

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Jejalena
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Sommaren är räddad!

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Jilljemmett
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#aprilbookshowers Women in translation. This is still on my #tbr list 📚

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Shay
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Day 3 of #diverseathon calls for a picture of your favourite own voices book. Picking a favourite is hard, but I do love Ru, written by a Vietnamese refugee whose family came to Canada in the aftermath of the war. Ru fictionalizes her experience in a series of beautiful vignettes. Originally published in French, but also available in English Translated by Sheila Fischman.

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EmilyAnne
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This book was absolutely lovely and heartbreaking all at once. The language is spare and beautiful, and yet the author is able to give us a complete picture of what she's gone through and what her life has been like. Loved this one ❤️ #24in48

Lacythebookworm I recently read Man by her and loved it! Have you read it? 3y
EmilyAnne @Lacythebookworm I did! I loved that one too! They're a little bit different in terms of story, but the writing style is very similar 😊 3y
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irre
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Book 4 #24in48 Started reading this without knowing anything about it. Not what I expected.

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irre
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Was hoping to finish this tonight, but can't keep my eyes open. Will continue #24in48 tomorrow.

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mllemay
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Christmas story by Kim Thúy in the newspaper this morning. I love the Sunday edition ?

Gleefulreader Oh - I am so sad I don't read French! 3y
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Gleefulreader
Ru | Kim Thuy
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Last but not least to catch up on #seasonsreadings2016, my entry for #notinEnglish. Sadly, as much as I wish to be able to speak another language I just have never mastered one (except for my once passable ASL). So these are two fantastic books that are translations from the French. I have mentioned Man here before, but Ru was Thuy's first novel and it won one of Canada's highest literary prizes. A brief story written almost as a poem. Gorgeous!

RealLifeReading I recently read Ru and it was so beautifully written! 3y
rustoryhuf I totally approve of "Ru". My first name is actually Ru. 3y
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writerlibrarian
Ru | Kim Thuy
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Part fiction, part memoirs of a young woman living through the end of the Vietnam war as a very young child, living in refugiee camps, arriving to this cold, white, alien country and putting in roots. Bits of memories, in one or two pages, stream of conciousness like writing. It stays with you in little things. For me it's brick walls, a bright red wool sweather, the family arrival at Mirabel on a pristine snow white day. ❤️👍

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Jaimelire
Ru | Kim Thuy
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One of my favourites. Read this with my husband who came to Canada as a refugee when he was a child. Kim Thuy captures the experiences he lived to perfection. This book gave me insight into what it was like for him and his family; an experience which he sometimes finds hard to discuss. Her style of writing is unique, different but extremely effective.

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CiViiLy
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The words, the cadence of this book is lyrical & so visceral. I don't know how to truly describe it. It evokes all these images, all these thoughts, & questions that I want to ask and that I want answers to. This books speaks to me personally too. I share a similar family history with the author, I'm the daughter of one of the thousands of Vietnamese refugees sponsored to come to Canada in the late 70s/early 80s. A must read, in my opinion.

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CiViiLy
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This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for a few months. It's a story and a journey that I'm really looking forward to reading and one that hits close to home for me.

BookishFeminist Kim Thuy is great 💓 3y
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RealLifeReading
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In times like these, I am thankful for books like this one that remind me of the power and beauty of the written word. Kim Thuy has written this haunting, breathtaking autobiographical novel of her family's escape to Quebec from Vietnam. It is a lyrical, intricate and unforgettable read

#diversereads

BookishFeminist I love Kim Thuy. 💓 3y
Brona Me too 💜 3y
Lindy Me too ❤️ 3y
Kitta This is on my TBR, maybe I'll bump it up. I'm in need to something beautiful and captivating. 3y
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RealLifeReading
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My desk is a small one and it usually just hosts my MacBook and that pile of books under Ru! But today I've replaced the computer w some of my favourite notebooks. The only one I've written in is the Little Prince 2016 planner! The elephant notebook is from a trip to Thailand and the brown leather one is a gift from my father-in-law and just too beautiful to write in. Defeats the purpose you say? That's ok by me! #augustphotochallenge #stationery

pppooraikul That Little Prince planner! 😍 3y
UwannaPublishme I can relate. It's tough to write in some of my fave journals, too. 😊 3y
rubyslippersreads @RealLifeReading I have way too many beautiful blank notebooks. I guess that goes along with having way too many unread books. And I still buy more of both! 😄 3y
LeahBergen Lovely! And I have a beautiful, but unused, leather notebook, too. 😬 3y
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jveezer
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jveezer
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They would come back the next day to collect them one by one before the petals faded, after the captive tea leaves had absorbed the scent of the pistils during the night. They told me that every one of those tea leaves preserved the soul of the short-lived flowers.

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jveezer
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Over the years, I've collected a fluttering eyelash from one, a stray lock of hair from another, lessons from some, silences from several, an afternoon here, an idea there--to form just one lover, because I've neglected to memorize the face of each one.

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jveezer
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A good reminder of the mess left behind in war. The cover states that "ru" means "lullaby" in Vietnamese and a small stream or flow (of water, tears, blood, money,...). I'll add that it also means "light" in Sanskrit, which is also appropriate to the title. Worthy winner of 2015 Canada Reads.

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Kosugi
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Let's balance just finishing a comedienne's book about not wanting kids with this literate tome, shall we?

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Julian.Wotherspoon
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My children have given me the exclusive power to blow on a wound to make the pain disappear, to understand words unpronounced, to possess the universal truth, to be a fairy. A fairy smitten with the way they smell.

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