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Maan
Maan | Kim Thuy
A triumph of poetic beauty and a moving meditation on how love and food are inextricably entwined, "Man"is a seductive and luminous work of literature from Kim Thuy, whose first book, "Ru," was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, received a Governor General's Literary Award and won the nationwide book competition Canada Reads. Man has three mothers: the one who gives birth to her in wartime, the nun who plucks her from a vegetable garden, and her beloved Maman, who becomes a spy to survive. Seeking security for her grown daughter, Maman finds Man a husband--a lonely Vietnamese restaurateur who lives in Montreal. Thrown into a new world, Man discovers her natural talent as a chef. Gracefully she practices her art, with food as her medium. She creates dishes that are much more than sustenance for the body: they evoke memory and emotion, time and place, and even bring her customers to tears. Man is a mystery--her name means "perfect fulfillment," yet she and her husband seem to drift along, respectfully and dutifully. But when she encounters a married chef in Paris, everything changes in the instant of a fleeting touch, and Man discovers the all-encompassing obsession and ever-present dangers of a love affair. Full of indelible images of beauty, delicacy and quiet power, "Man"is a novel that begs to be savoured for its language, its sensuousness and its love of life."
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suvata
Mn | Kim Thuy
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Panpan

Continuing my TBR project:
This is one of the oldest selections on my TBR list - Originally added July 28, 2015.

Well, the language was beautiful.
The story, not so much.

Shley9225 I guess that‘s why you kept putting it off? 5mo
suvata @Shley9225 Good point 5mo
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Jolynne
Mn | Kim Thuy
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“the room was aglow with red-not the red of love but that of luck. Superstition dictated that each gift be be wrapped in that colour, which represents good fortune, because newlyweds need a lot of luck to find the balance that allows two individuals to build a single shared life.”

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xicanti
Mn | Kim Thuy
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Kim Thúy's writing is just so ELEGANT, y'all. She offers the reader a wealth of vignettes that slip around and through one another to create a portrait of Mãn's emotional life, limned by the foods that call to mind particular experiences and relationships. There's almost no plot, but that doesn't matter. Each scene forms a complete world.

readordierachel Great review! 12mo
xicanti @readordierachel thank you! 12mo
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RealLifeReading
Mn | Kim Thuy
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Reading Mãn by Kim Thuy and thinking about the durian party at my auntie‘s house in Singapore some weeks back when we were visiting. I fled indoors, away from the smell, but of course can one really hide from the pungent odor?

Lindy Sorrows hermetically sealed under a thorny carapace — great imagery. 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive only eaten freeze-dried durian and it was hell as it got stuck in my molars and I couldn‘t get the taste out of my mouth 🤮 1y
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writerlibrarian
Maan | Kim Thuy
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Last days of the year and we are all #survivingdecember as best we can. Two wonderful, quick read to discover an amazing writer, another culture and how one survives despite great odds. I love Kim Thuy. #openyourmindtoothers

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writerlibrarian
Mn | Kim Thuy
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This has to be read in book format. The way the text is printed, the typography, the layout are essential for the experience of reading about the heroine's journey from war torn Vietnam to Montreal. Thuy is able to make you smell, almost taste the food her character prepares with so much love.

This is also a journey for the reader through the many forms of love. Family, frienship, comfort, tenderness, passionate love.

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writerlibrarian
Mn | Kim Thuy
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#maybookflowers #mothers #booksaboutmothers

Novella that packs so much love ❤️

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auntie_jenn
Mn | Kim Thuy
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late to the party, but i'm here! #litsypartyofone

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Nicolesnotes88
Mn | Kim Thuy
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French Canadian beef stew with a Vietnamese twist. Great pairing for book club discussion of Man by Kim Thuy

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megsb23
Mn | Kim Thuy
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A slim novel. The chapters were short, no word was unnecessary. Read it in a few hours

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Lacythebookworm
Mn | Kim Thuy
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Quiet book that tackles immigration, family, marriage. Great passages on food and language. I will definitely be reading Thuy's Ru. 📚😍

Lacythebookworm Quick read that would be perfect for a readathon like #24in48 😉 3y
britt_brooke Nice photo. 📷👌🏻 3y
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Lacythebookworm
Mn | Kim Thuy
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#litsypoetry365 Today's poem brought to you my current read, a quiet, touching story of a Vietnamese woman in Montreal.

Suet624 Wow. I've had a moment like that but never would have been able to describe it like that. Beautiful. 3y
andreadmw That is beautiful. ❤ 3y
Gleefulreader I love Kim Thuy's books - they are so gorgeous! 3y
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TheLondonBookworm Beautiful, I'll have to find this!! 3y
SharonGoforth Lovely! 3y
Lacythebookworm @Gleefulreader This was my first! What do you recommend? 😊 3y
Gleefulreader @Lacythebookworm I believe she has only one other book published in a English - Ru - which won one of our big awards here in Canada. I've read it and it is fantastic. I do believe she has another book coming out soon though. 3y
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writerlibrarian
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Pickpick

This has to be read in book format. The way the text is printed, the typography, the layout are essential for the experience of reading about the heroine's journey from war torn Vietnam to Montreal. Thuy is able to make you smell, almost taste the food her character prepares with so much love. This is also a journey for the reader through the many forms of love. Family, frienship, comfort, tenderness, passionate love.

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Jaimelire
Maan | Kim Thuy
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Lovely

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Jaimelire
Mn | Kim Thuy
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Almost finished. I much preferred her first book, Ru. So for anyone who has not read her, I would recommend reading Ru first. That being said, this was a good read. Her books consist of one page chapters that weave together to create a beautiful picture of her life experiences. Great author.

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Gleefulreader
Mn | Kim Thuy
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Given everything that happened this month, not a bad tally. I have a couple of really good books I'm working on that will show up in next month's totals (Notorious RBG and A Gentleman in Moscow).

Question: if you read a book in multiple formats, how do you choose to tally it? I have 0 e-books listed, but in reality 6-7 of the books I read I bounced between hard copy and e-book format. Curious how others handle. #photoadaynov16 #bestofnovember

DebinHawaii Great job! I had a book that I read the first 1/2 then listened to the other 1/2 on audio. It could have gone either way but I ended up just counting it as 1 audio book. 😀👍 3y
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Gleefulreader
Mn | Kim Thuy
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I had the privilege of hearing Kim Thuy speak tonight. She was, by turns, incredibly funny and charming, but the most compelling moment came when she described her time as a refugee (her family were "boat people" who fled Vietnam in 1978). "A refugee has no past and no future. They live only in the moment." She also noted that refugees will continue to risk the boats, despite the odds, because "they are dead either way". A timely reminder.??

Gleefulreader This short novel is the lyrical story of a half American/half Vietnamese woman who is adopted by her "second mother" in Vietnam, and moved to Canada when she marries. She finds security in her quiet marriage and her career as a chef. The story, though, is about love - love in the families we choose and create, the love between friends, passionate versus steady love - and the ways we demonstrate that love. I've read this twice it is so sublime. 3y
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Gleefulreader
Mn | Kim Thuy
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Cold and blustery out tonight, as winter has descended on southern Canada, and unfortunately I have to go out in it to take my daughter to her trampoline practice. So I'm squeezing in some cozy couch cuddles with the dog and speeding through a re-read of this book in anticipation of an author event tomorrow night.

RealLifeReading Lucky!! I haven't read Man yet but loved Ru. She writes so beautifully! 3y
mjdowens I need to read this one soon. Food and love in one book? Perfect👌 3y
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Moray_Reads
Mn | Kim Thuy
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Spare and understated, I love Kim Thúy's prose and her ability to draw her characters and events with a few deft strokes. Be warned though, you WILL crave Vietnamese food!

LindsayReads That is a risk I'm willing to take! 3y
Moray_Reads It's with it, I promise 3y
Moray_Reads @lindsayreads worth it, I mean! 3y
Jaimelire Love her books. My husband has a similar story to hers, came to Canada as child. He says her book Ru really captures the experience. 3y
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shawnmooney
Mn | Kim Thuy
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An arranged marriage makes her Canadian. Her Vietnamese cuisine makes her famous. A French chef makes her adulterous. Thuy's lyrical prose was often breathtaking but I must also admit this sparse, fragmentary novel made me crave Vietnamese food far, far more than it made me care about any of its characters.

ReadingEnvy I crave Vietnamese food without reading about it. 😋 3y
Gleefulreader I'm hearing her read and speak about this book next week! I can't wait. 3y
Lindy I loved this book. So much. ❤️ 3y
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shawnmooney
Mn | Kim Thuy
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For me, this one's not so much a #MisogynyMinute as it is an eyerolling #SliceOfSexism...

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aloslibrary Omg 😭 3y
tpixie 💝. Wow that's love! 3y
Hobbinol Aw! 💕 3y
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tysephine
Mn | Kim Thuy
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What a beautiful book! The prose is so lyrical and packs so much emotion into such a small book. Highly recommended.

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shawnmooney
Mn | Kim Thuy
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SASKATCHEWAN BOOK HAUL - BOOK #9

I finally got one of her books! I remember hearing Rebecca and Liberty rave about this Vietnamese-Canadian writer quite a while back; if memory serves, it was on one of their very first All The Books podcasts, and I remember thinking how impressive it was that these two American book experts knew about her, and how depressing that I was hearing about her for the very first time.

Lindy This one is a treat. So beautifully written & so full of heart. ❤️ 3y
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Jessicav
Mn | Kim Thuy
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Lovely, sparely written. It's amazing how much you can understand about life and love and longing from a single well-written paragraph. Highly recommended.

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Jessicav
Mn | Kim Thuy
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I'm not officially participating in #24in48, but do have some reader problems to address. I'm 3 books behind in my reading goal and need to catch up this weekend! I keep short books on my TBR for just such an occasion. Looking for to seeing what everyone is reading for readathon!

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bookriot
Maan | Kim Thuy
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"Sad and poetic book about love and loneliness and Vietnamese food." - @Amanda

ulejo Love it! 3y
balletbookworm Loved that one :) Good pick if someone needs a book for the SE Asian author challenge 3y
jveezer Ru is amazing as well. I'll add this to my tbr stack! 3y
bookjunkie1975 I loved Ru! Can't wait to check this one out. :) 3y
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Amanda
Maan | Kim Thuy
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Sad and poetic book about love and loneliness and Vietnamese food

tysephine I bough this a while ago and I have no idea why I haven't read it yet 3y
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Rudis
Mn | Kim Thuy
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A very different book from those I normally read, I still enjoyed the book. It felt more like poetry then a story at times, but the descriptions of food were interesting.

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suzieq
Mn | Kim Thuy
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"I offer you
The life I have not lived
The dream I can but dream
A soul I've left empty
During sleepless nights,

As I go to you I hold as an offering
The poem I have not written
The ache towards which I strain
The colour of the cloud I haven't known
The longings of silence."

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