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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

por Ocean Vuong

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Fiction. Literature. LGBTQIA+ (Fiction.) HTML:An instant New York Times Bestseller! 
Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award
Shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize 

Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction! 
Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah.com, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, Nylon, The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more.
??A lyrical work of self-discovery that??s shockingly intimate and insistently universal?Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.? ??Ron Charles, The Washington Post
Poet Ocean Vuong??s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling

On Earth We??re Briefly Gorgeous 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 ?? a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam ?? and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We??re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one??s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.
With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.
Named a Best Book of the Year by: 
GQ, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Library Journal, TIME, Esquire, The Washington Post, Apple, Good Housekeeping, The New Yorker, The New York Public Library, Elle.com, The Guardian, The A.V. Club, NPR, Lithub, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal Mag
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Having finished reading this novel, On Earth we're briefly gorgeous, one looks back at its poetic title and wonders what it means. Like the words and the story elements in the novel it seems the five words that make up the title are each beautiful, and they are seemingly connected; they seemingly suggest an ideal state that we might long for, but more likely these five words are disconnected, they are simply suspended in the air.

Reading On Earth we're briefly gorgeous, you also have to recall the time frame of the Vietnam War. Since it took place before I was born, and ended during my early youth, nonetheless, the images of the boat refugees is clearly in my mind. Significant dates and the start of the conflict as early as 1955, the end of American involvement in 1973 and the fall of Saigon in 1975, and the subsequent migration crisis of the Vietnamese boat people from its height in the late 1970s till the beginning of the 1990s. In as far as On Earth we're briefly gorgeous autobiographical, that means that the flight it set in that final decade of the late 1980s.

Much of the story is quite horrible. Little Dog, as the main character is dubbed, has made a narrow escape, but misery follows his. The history of his grandmother, the troubles of his mother which also beset Little Dog in the new land, as he often needs to solve their problem follow him wherever he goes. In fact, the misery left behind in Vietnam is only replaced by different misery in the new land. A brief moment of bliss and love is foreshortened by his lover's death from drug abuse.

Little Dog is in the centre of all this misery. Still, all is dressed in the most beauteous, poetic language. Beauty, in the form of language: poetry, beautiful language surrounds him. It is where he turns to find relief. None in his family could read, but from the age of 11 Little Dog manages to read. Writing becomes the way to deal with his life's misery. The book, though not in linear chronological order, is a letter, written to his mother. ( )
  edwinbcn | Mar 3, 2024 |
This book ripped my heart out, massaged it and broke it apart, then handed it back to me softer. I would re-read this book immediately if there weren't so many other books out there that I can't wait to get my hands on. I already miss Little Dog, Lan, Rose, and Trevor ( )
  bookonion | Feb 23, 2024 |
This was a beautifully written book and the audiobook narration was just full of emotion. I think it hopped around a little bit too much for me and I actually found it too poetic for myself, though I’m sure others will love it for this reason. Because of the skilled writing, a few descriptions come off as very graphic. Overall, a very good book. ( )
  slittleson | Feb 2, 2024 |
This is one of my all-time favorite books, also one of the few in my lifetime that compelled me to annotate and save passages. The beauty in Ocean's writing is evident throughout, and his ability to transform words into a visual work of art is a common theme in this book. It became clear from the beginning that Ocean Vuong is a poet, evident in how skillfully he strings words together to create the most beautiful sentences. I was amazed, enlightened, and awestruck while reading this masterpiece. If there's one book to read in your lifetime, I argue that this should be the one. ( )
  wood0360 | Jan 3, 2024 |
Words to say to family who will never see them

Lyrical debut, memoir-like in dealing with generational traumas.

I read this on the kindle app, so unfortunately I was inconsistent in steady reading so next time, I'll try to not have month long gaps between sessions. ( )
  Daumari | Dec 28, 2023 |
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Fiction. Literature. LGBTQIA+ (Fiction.) HTML:An instant New York Times Bestseller! 
Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award
Shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize 

Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction! 
Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah.com, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, Nylon, The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more.
??A lyrical work of self-discovery that??s shockingly intimate and insistently universal?Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.? ??Ron Charles, The Washington Post
Poet Ocean Vuong??s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling

On Earth We??re Briefly Gorgeous 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 ?? a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam ?? and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We??re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one??s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.
With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.
Named a Best Book of the Year by: 
GQ, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Library Journal, TIME, Esquire, The Washington Post, Apple, Good Housekeeping, The New Yorker, The New York Public Library, Elle.com, The Guardian, The A.V. Club, NPR, Lithub, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal Mag

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