The happiest refugee--
One thing impresses me immensely and that is the emphasis on family values contained in this book. No matter how poorly they were living and the lack of food, they were always willing to share with the many cousins, uncles and aunties. Anh Do's respect for his parents was a joy to read about. and the love and help he gave his Mother was inspiring--especially as it all came from his heart and was not forced. The love he feels for his wife and children is just beautiful, and I hope one day she changes her mind and gives Anh Do the gift of a last baby, a girl. (Anh Do has 3 boys). Anh Do writes about the many hardships growing up in Vietnam and the memorable boat trip to Australia fighting off pirates, and going to a Catholic school in Australia. It is a touching and memorable book and I would like to see a sequel about his later life in Australia.Read full review
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Wonderful, powerful, sad and happy read
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Love his autobiography. Honest touching funny
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I enjoyed this story immensely. I decided to purchase this book as I had enjoyed Ahn Do on the short series, Ahn does Vietnam and also Pictures of you and wanted to know more of his story. It was an incredible story, with laughter, tears and heart warming accounts which just made you fall in love with Ahn a little more. It is so refreshing to hear of a "Australian's" story that has so much gratitute for this country and how he so appreciates what can be achieved in this country. I have read other books with similar content, but found this really easy to read and hard to put down. Highly recommend it.
One of my favourite books of all time!!! Loved it :)
I not only loved this book, but have been recommending it to everyone I know including my book club plus bought it for my dad and my friend for Christmas. It was hilarious and also very inspiring but heart breaking at times. Just a total roller coaster of emotions, but did make me laugh so hard I had tears rolling down my cheeks! I love the way Anh writes, it was just a great read.