• On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/09/2020
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Beautiful and Brutal Coming Of Age Novel
This was recommended by a colleague who loved Caleb Azumah Nelson's; Open Water as much as me, so I was compelled to buy it. I can see why she recommended ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
This book was GORGEOUS!
This book much like the title, was GORGEOUS! I went into this book with the hope of beautiful prose and a heartbreaking story and that is exactly what I re... READ MORE
Léa at Brighton

Synopsis

*Foyles Fiction Book of the Year 2019*  An intimate novel of a man’s unburdening as he wrestles with sexual discovery, family tradition, and the ghosts of the Vietnam War.

Synopsis

Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for September 2020 Shortlisted for the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Brilliant, heartbreaking and highly original, Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling. This is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born. It tells of Vietnam, of the lasting impact of war, and of his family's struggle to forge a new future. And it serves as a doorway into parts of Little Dog's life his mother has never known - episodes of bewilderment, fear and passion - all the while moving closer to an unforgettable revelation.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529110685
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 181g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Superb - reminds me of The Magpie by Alan Edward Roberts. Sad, uplifting and raw.
This is a literary feast, poetic, lyrical, heart wrenching, amazing story! My emotions are everywhere and I am so shaken, stunned, speechless and never tho... READ MORE
Simone  Slee
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Powerful, thought provoking read
An exciting/ gripping read, I couldn’t put this book down. The constant imagery created to enhance the story is beautiful. Loved it!
Josh (Waterstones Chichester)
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Beautiful Cover Design
I fell in love with the hardback cover of this book, but knowing very little about it I strangely managed to resist buying it. However, that resistance was... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Not for the faint-hearted
I picked this one up just as an extra from the Buy One, Get One Free table, but with a good review on the back thought it would be a good read. Having liv... READ MORE
Gail Greaves
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Neither gripping nor interesting
Not a good read, it's difficult to have empathy with the central character. Even though it's short, it's not worth finishing. Not one I would recommend, ... READ MORE
Ann Rushworth
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Beautiful
This book is an absolute masterpiece. There’s something different and something amazing about Vuong’s style. I love how his language, though dark and gritt... READ MORE
Holly
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
a truly immersive experience
I'm lost for words really on what to say about this book. This was beautifully written, and I felt completely immersed every time I picked it back up. I fe... READ MORE
Beca
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Disappointed
I was so exited to read this because of the incredible reviews and I wish I hadn’t even bothered. It is so pretentious. It is just dismembered. Each time I... READ MORE
Liv Shorter
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Lush and Lyrical
'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous' by Ocean Vuong (Vintage, 2021) is a coming-of-age story about a young Vietnamese boy growing up in America. It's beautifu... READ MORE
Laura Besley
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
『Sometimes being offered tenderness feels like very proof that you’ve been ruined. 』
『Sometimes being offered tenderness feels like very proof that you’ve been ruined. 』 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 This story was a body full of wounds. Wounds from lov... READ MORE
Anastasia Martynova
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
A phenomenal debut novel
I'm not sure where to start with this review as I've never read anyhting like it. I went in to this book without any prior knowledge of the story, and I'm... READ MORE
Jemma Crosland