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The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir de Anh Do
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The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir (2010 original; edició 2010)

de Anh Do (Autor)

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Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. This book tells the incredible, uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination - a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who read it.… (més)
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Títol:The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir
Autors:Anh Do (Autor)
Informació:Allen & Unwin (2010), Edition: 1st, 232 pages
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A very easy read. Good to get to know more about Anh. Remarkable energy, capability and tenacity. Great to see how positive he is and family oriented.
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  GeoffSC | Jul 25, 2020 |
This book kept popping up in magazine book reviews, everyone having great things to say about it, so I went with it and got myself a copy. I must admit, though I knew nothing of Anh Do before I began reading, he's one very likeable guy. I marvelled at the luck his family had in surviving their perilous boat trip from Vietnam, I enjoyed reading how they quickly turned their lives around by hard work and positive attitudes, suffering many knock backs but thankfully not much in the way of overt racism. Large families all have their problems but with buckets of optimism this family made a new home, found new friends and made it a rule, to always help others less fortunate than themselves. The writing style is friendly and flows from one thought to the next easily, like any good conversation. ( )
  Fliss88 | Aug 8, 2018 |
What a great book to start the year with! Anh Do’s infectious optimism throughout this memoir put us all at our happiest. We loved his positive nature and willingness to see the funny side of such an extraordinary life. The honesty in which he portrayed his family’s early days in their new country was a delight and we all felt anyone who had reservations about refugees would do well to read this book. In fact, some of us believe you wouldn’t be human if you were not moved by Do’s story. Some believe it was mostly a testament to his mother and father and we all found ourselves very interested in the whole Do clan. Cathy would have liked to hear more about Anh’s sister, and everyone found favour with his father’s philosophical view of time – ‘There are only two types of time … now and too late.’

The many tales, both humorous and heartbreaking, gave the book balance and Ann felt the book well written/edited with the tragic being offset by humour in just the right measure. Anh’s comedic talent definitely shines through in his writing …
we all had our favourites, such as the fish tanks, the old combie breakdown, the RSL gig and his mother’s roast pig dinner, so our discussion was mostly on the merry side recalling each of these anecdotes.
However, we did touch on some of the more serious aspects, such as the upheaval refugees and immigrants experience, how it effects childhood and of course the racism. We all wondered if the xenophobic traits that seem so focused on refugees today has always been there and what will it take to create a more welcoming and accepting Australia. All very important questions that Anh’s story was never meant to answer, but in our view certainly generated an essential conversation.

In closing, it is fair to say that we all got something from this book. Do’s conversational, light-hearted patter made this vital story a pure pleasure to read.
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  jody12 | Jan 29, 2017 |
Highly recommend. This book has it all, humour, drama, intrigue, family secrets and running jokes throughout. Plus its all true. Anh is a nice guy and a great comedian and he writes well. I didn't realise he had done so some many things, and done them successfully. It shows the impact of a new country on refugees. A great read!

I heard it might be made into a movie - look forward to it. ( )
  Neale | Sep 30, 2015 |
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For my mother and father, and for Suzanne, my wife, my love.
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Always question your fear, Anh. there's almost never a good reason to be scared.
There's only two times in life, there's now and there's too late.
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Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. This book tells the incredible, uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination - a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who read it.

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