peteg's blog - noise - books - 2008 08 17 NamLe TheBoat

Nam Le: The Boat. (2008)

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I picked this up on the strength of a gushing Smage review, and really, what's not to like: a young bloke, born in Việt Nam and raised in Melbourne, cranking out self-confident self-aware prose in Iowa.

There are so many reviews and things — many helpfully catalogued by the man himself — that I have little to add. I would more strongly recommend this interview from earlier in the year if the interviewer weren't so overbearing.

My favourite effort was the first story, Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice, which is available here. Perhaps the stylistically weakest is his Winton-alike Halflead Bay, and even that is redeemed by some strong themes.