Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
June 19th, 2016
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I discovered this book on Amazon while looking for something to relate to while I motorbike across Vietnam over the next month. Pham's book came up and peaked my interest, and less than 36 hours later I had turned the last page. Riding his bike across the Pacific Northwest and across Vietnam, where his family fled via boat after Saigon fell in 1975, Pham hopes to make sense of his past and understand his roots. The adventure storyline isn't what I would have hoped for, mostly lacking in detail and overlooking notable destinations, but his quest to understand his cultural identity, along with the vivid descriptions of war-ridden Vietnam, had me unable to put the book down. One of my favorite books I've ever read.