Tattooed Beauties: The World's Most Beautiful Tattoo Models: English Edition lMy elevator pitch this book is what would happen if theove child of Being There by Jerzy Kosi ski and The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was kidnapped at birth raised in 1930s Hanoi and when achieving the emotional maturity of a 13 year old forced to write a humorous newspaper serial under deadline pressureLike Chance the Gardener the hero Red Haired Xuan is a dolt mistaken for a genius Unlike Chance Xuan has a certain amount of Errand of Mercy low cunning and a talent for effectively parroting the popular clich s of the moment after a single hearing Some of the books funniest moments are Xuan s mash ups of pompous half understood political rhetoric with the slogans of uack medicine the hero s career prior to social climbing made up on the fly under pressure But the hero isn tikable Nobody in this book is Founding Mothers likableFyodor D is not normally known for bellyaugh generation but I include him in the parentage of this work because it has the same streak of deeply felt mean as a snake The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire loathing for the hypocrisy and self indulgence put forward in the name of modernity eg p 112 Joseph Thi t was deeply concerned about the good of the nation while simultaneously despising the tastes and amusements of the masses Iike mean as a snake Tracking Daddy Down loathing in a writer it means he or she is taking the world seriouslyI read it in the chance that I d recognize some of the Hanoi I nowive in but so much sad cruelty has taken place since then to now that well it s completely unrecognizable For example at the time of this book s writing where I Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras live now wasiterally a swamp Now it s morally a swamp See Completely different My reading of S stands as part of a journey back to Vietnamese Fat literature a genre from home that I have regrettably paidittle attention to through my first 19 years I have studied a chapter of the novel in 11th grade though with Lost And Found Bride little actual care and comprehension Coming back to S I ve not only gained a new appreciation for the early modern satire but also found many of the social commentaries pertinent to modern day Hanoi perhaps Vietnamese soci After Giong To and this novel I am completely convinced that Vu Trong Phung is the best Vietnamese writer of the 20th century Not surprisingly you d find the same comment on the goodreads introduction of this novel Of course this is a satire of the Vietnamese society under French Rule in the early days of theast century However if I m not aware of the historical context and read it without paying much attention to the social titles of the characters I would easily mistake this for a contemporary piece of writing The moral is that no matter how evolved our societies have become human nature remains basically the same The ives of the people would always revolve around material wealth greed sex social standings and all such superficial attributes eaving them completely morally corrupted and empty on the inside The story was written in the 1930s and now almost 100 years American Kinship: A Cultural Account later I find that the contemporary society reflects oress the same themes Hence what I enjoy the most about the novel is not so much the story itself but the way it is told so smart so cynical and witty I truly feel blessed I came across this masterpiece which resurrected my interest in Vietnamese iterature Well I already spent a decent amount of time writing what I believe was an intelligent review of this novel and
technology foiled my master plan So here I am on a different computer but without the energy to re my foiled my plan So here I am on a different computer but without the energy to re write my I know I know what a painShut up already tee he he I ove this bookOkay well anyways This is a delightful novel that was banned in Vietnam until 1986 A very
satirical piece written by V Tr ng Ph ng in the 1930 s colonial era of Vietnam You don t piece written by V Tr ng Ph ng in the 1930 s colonial era of Vietnam You don t to have a great knowledge of Vietnamese history to fully enjoy Dumb Luck but you probably should not skip Peter Zinoman s introduction contained if that is the case This was a re read for me as I read this book 6 years ago while Ancestral Voices: Religion and Nationalism in Ireland living in Vietnam Ioved it then while immersed in the history and culture and Animal Ecology language and Iove it now even though I retain about 10 words in Vietnamese Three points from the introduction that I think are paramount in understanding the satire 1 In the decade preceding Ph ng s writing of Dumb Luck the population of Hanoi doubled 2 Ph ng was part of the first generation of students to be taught exclusively in French The writing system had just been changed from Chinese Art and Cartography: Six Historical Essays lettering to romanizedettering rendering all previous Vietnamese works unreadable to the new academia 3 Vietnam at the time was obsessed with Europeanization Everything in this novel is so absurd and unbelievable that it makes you John for Everyone: Part One, Chapters 1-10 laugh The main character Red haired Xuan makes me want to pull my own hair out because he is so unlikable yet keeps ending up at point B with money and fame Dumb Luck continues to befall to him at the expense of other eually outrageous characters Mr and Mrs Civilization Mr High School Graduate Mr King of Venereal Disease Treatment et al The names are just great One of the main themes that arises again and again is on clothing So much of the novel is spent on the style of dress and women modernizing theirook It is ironic because you can cover a person a community a country with all the French clothing that you want but if you demand change simply for the sake of change then all your priorities are backwards This is a book of backwards priorities ie We re policemen for goodness sake Our concern is tickets not Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde laws and farce ie He was overcome with a sensation of happiness and relief commonly felt among people who succeed in forcing others to marry against their will and I recommend it to anyone which I don t often do I know I know what a painShut up already Okay I don t know much about 1930s Hanoi to offer any real commentary on Dumb Luck but it was an interestingook into Betting on Ideas: Wars, Inventions, Inflation late colonial Vietnam and an intriguing introduction to Vu Trong Phung a controversial and prolific writer in the Vietnamese canon It s pretty obvious Vu was disturbed by the vast changes that were sweeping Vietnamese society in the country s bid for modernization This unease translates to the blistering satire on display in Dumb Luck which follows the farcial rise of streetrat Red Xuan to the up. Banned in Vietnam until 1986 Dumb Luck by the controversial and influential Vietnamese writer Vu Trong Phung is a bitter satire of the rage for modernization in Vietnam during theate colonial era First published in Hanoi during 1936 it follows the absurd and unexpected rise within colonial society of a street smart vagabond named Red haired Xuan As it charts Xuan's fantastic social ascent the novel provides a panoramic view of ate colonial urban social order from the filthy sidewalks of Hanoi's old commer. Ped me catch the cadence and perhaps some of the cultural background to make the book even interesting than it otherwise would be The one thing about it that I was a ittle uncomfortable with was that traditional Vietnam much Berlioz and His Century: An Introduction to the Age of Romanticism like China had this uaint and horrible notion that widows should not remarry Once a woman s husband dies herife is essentially over though she is allowed to dedicate herself to any existing children This traditional attitude was the one the author s own widowed mother took and without the introduction explaining the author s background I might have found this a bit repellent As it was however it was merely interesting This book was written in 1936 and its satire would seem even uaint without knowledge of the history of Vietnam which unfolded throughout the rest of the century It has a surprisingly contemporary feeling to it The 255 Modern women who were not virtuous were also not a problem especially for men who thought of women as toysA problem only occurred when those toys were one s own sister and wife Once again I tackle a genre that I have poor uck with in a anguage that is one of the further removed from my fluency in English and spatterings of knowledge in French German and Japanese Don t get me wrong there s a Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson lot to get out of this book enough that it doesn t surprise me howong it was banned for in its home country However I would have had a better time had I took up a nonfictional book written in Awakening Spaces: French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture line with this work s introduction s theme because when it comes to playing off of the anachronistic hypocrisies that comes from colonial culture clash there s satire and then there s the obviousness of the author having been recently dumped by one woman or another and not getting over it There are instances where the hapless protagonist gets drawn away from that concern and really gets into the marrow of the absurdities of the social scramble in the new age of democracy sports and the god of finance when one s country is owned by another but it all eventually gets sucked back into cougar spoofing hypersexualization and maybe sorta rape glorification so trigger warning for all that Still the number of white Anglo people on this website who have read a Vietnamese novel that has nothing to do with the Vietnam War and I mean Vietnamese as in actually Vietnamese not theatest tragedy porn put out by some white dude who went out on payroll to murder and came back all sad because of it is dismally small so anything they can get is better than nothingThis work probably reads vastly better in French considering the puns and straight up direct superimposition of French phonetics onto Vietnamese pronunciation Indeed The Lover came to mind sometime during my read not for any thematic similarity but just for the vastly different perspectives and experiences that the authors had in the same area of the world around a similar time Duras was in VietnamFrench Indochina from 1914 to 1931 the country that V Tr ng Ph ng spent most of if not all of his Edge of Venomverse life in from 1912 to 1939 publishing this work in 1936 If one wants a glimpse of yet another instance of imperial democracy one of the most horrific anachronisms to be invented by the civilized world this is one of the shorter and sensational texts one could delve into I m sure this work holds some kind of record for speaking so frankly about venereal disease among other topics The best bits are the ones concerning social engineering where a corporate magnate makes bank off of owning the brothels as well as the hospitals and secret service underlings negotiate the difference between Imperial France and Fascist Siam in order to prevent anyone getting pissed off and starting World War II the king of Siam s German and Japanese advisors hint at the inevitability of such nonetheless something that the author didn tive Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) long enough whether for good or for ill to witness for himself So interesting times to say theeast and as someone who had her interesting times officially extended for another month at east I can t really fault the author for being so fed up about it in his writing Leastwise Not That MuchI Realized While Writing not that muchI realized while writing up that this wasn t sounding much ike a two star review which goes to show one of the many benefits of the post read review in action Reading this didn t make me keen on tracking down the author s other works but I do marvel at the fact that I became interested in this kind of book way
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And Even Managed To even managed to a copy within three years of adding it person of color translation older than 1950 usually means six years at minimum In any case this makes for four read works by three actual Vietnamese authors writing in Vietnamese and I have some anthologies and another full novel on hand before I m completely out of stock Certainly not a great track record even when only considering my readings in translation but if there s one thing I ve earned when pursuing the reads beyond the customary mainstream it s that I m off bemoaning my paltry deep see diving evels while most other are still at the stage of dipping in a single toe if that So I Blue Guide ll just have to be glad that there s another sector of the world that I really need to read up on in both the fiction and nonfiction senses of the word andeave others to determine whether this author one who has been repeatedly compared to Balzac for whatever that s worth is worth their time He was especially proud that his son had not become one of those silly revolutionaries who aspires to bring happiness to the people without teaching them about dancing or ultra modern clothes A true masterpiece Superb word play and connotations incredibly deep and stable character building humorous and bitter story sarcastic comments added here and there This book revives a chaostic period of time in Hanoi its humanity side well hidden behind depictions of people in their ties with society and families Tuy t t c c a VTP Chua cay s u s c v th m th a Our art and iterature should serve the millions upon millions of working people In meeting their primary need we are not to add flowers to a piece of brocade but offer fuel to a person in a snowy weather Mao Tse tung Art and Litera. Wide audience It will appeal to students and scholars of Vietnam comparative iterature colonial and postcolonial studies and Southeast Asian civilizationVu Trong Phung died in Hanoi in 1939 at the age of twenty seven He is the author of at east eight novels seven plays and several other works of fiction in addition to Dumb LuckPeter Zinoman is Associate Professor of Southeast Asian History University of California Berkeley Nguyen Nguyet Cam is Vietnamese Language Instructor University of California Berkele.
Free read Số ĐỏPer echelons of this society obsessed with Europeanization This all sounds rather dry but Dumb Luck is for the most part very funny as Vu keen observations paint a throughly absurd Island Girls (and Boys) landscape one that is best illustrated through uotesOn the police who are obsessed with meeting their fining uotas and on the verge of being forced to fine each other Out on the street a car pulled up in front of the station Mrs Deputy Customs Officer entered the front office and smiled at the officers who smiled backike merchants greeting a rich customer Because she often Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier let her dogoose she had been ticketed at Stretching Lessons: The Daring that Starts from Within least once on each of the precinct s sixteen streets To the police in other words she wasike a regular customer of a failing businessOn artists you are a journalist Your duty is to help enhance the knowledge of the common people so that one day they too may understand art I on the other hand am an artist I am much too busy devoting myself to art to explain my work to them The difficult a work of art is to understand the valuable it is For example in Italy and in Germany I hear those painters whose works are completely incomprehensible are worshiped as saints When the dictators Hitler and Mussolini took power they were so jealous of these artists that they threw them in jail I only pray that someday our artists will be good enough to be thrown in jail as wellOn cross class romances After several months they invariably jump together into one of the Call the Next Witness lakes Initially most people jumped into West Lake but because it was very deep few of those who attempted suicide survived Hence people eventually skirted to the shallow andess dangerous White Bamboo Lake Night after night idle ricksaw pullers and jobless young men who could swim Building for the Arts: The Strategic Design of Cultural Facilities loitered around the bands of theake expectantly for a heart rending and plaintive Save me whereupon they would dive in the waters and fish out a beautiful girl Next stop was the Hang Dau Police Station where they would receive a monetary award pose for newspaper photos and sit through numerous noisy interviews As a result White Bamboo Lake became an important setting for those awful tragedies staged regularly in Hanoi during which the evil Vietnamese family conspires to prevent free marriage free divores free remarriage and so onIn the world of Dumb Luck public institutions government have become businesses businesses package the trappings so called progressive social movements for sale and people who buy into these values act only facetiously Vu s harshest and perhaps most prescient warning is of the dangers of adopting capitalistic culture where even values are sold and advertised instead of merely the capitalistic economic systemVu is particularly interested in the role of women in this new society and his thesis is best illustrated in a subplot in a modern dress shop The designer there who sells outfits named for their effects such as Promise and Resolute Faithfulness for widows determined to honor their Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature's Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology late husbands and remain unmarried and Hesitation for widows who areess determined touting their ability to Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning liberate women from the outside in on seeing his own wife at the shop Shut up you idiot Don t you known that there are different kinds of women When we campaign for the reform of women we mean other people s wives and sisters not our own Don t you understand It s one thing for other women to reform but you re my wife Of course I would never permit you to become one of those modern womenNow that does seem rather applicable to the here and now doesn t it How many products are sold to women based not on their real benefits but on the messages of improve yourselfove
yourself and other iberations of the you re not good enough yet but don t worry you can buyand other iberations of the you re not good enough yet but don t worry you can buy esteem from us variety Rating 4 stars This is the story of the Red haired Xuan and his absurd and impossible rise from a street vagabond to a respected member of the pretentious European worshiping society Well that is the superficial story but in fact what this is is a blackly humorous beautifully written social commentary that is as acidic as hydrochloric acid Banned in it s native Vietnam until 1986 I was uite fascinated to read a book that had been banned The rhetoric of Hanoi when I was there was very heavily communistic propaganda in many ways and I was agog to see what the banned book could have to sayI won t Charlestown Blues: Selected Poems, a Bilingual Edition lie three times I tried to read this and was completely defeated I could not catch the tone of the writing I did not understand what the characters were meant to be nor what the author was trying to give me Finally thisast time I started by reading the introduction by the scholarly Peter Zinoman and suddenly it all fell into place If anyone is contemplating reading this book I really REALLY recommend starting with the introduction Here we are introduced to the clash of cultures that was occurring in Hanoi of the 1930 s and the explanation of Phung s heavily conservative attitude and his street background enables the reader me to understand where the signature character is coming fromWith the benefit of this background I could see and thoroughly enjoy the acerbic attitude to discarding tradition and family in a ruthless attempt to change the urban social order the text is very rich and it is a masterful translation which Building the South Side lets you see this because Vietnamese when translated into English can at times come across as basic and naive In this book however the complexities of theanguage and society
unfold subtly so that by the end of the book I was kind of in awe ofsubtly so that by the end of the book I was kind of in awe of writing The satire is so sharp it cuts the cast of characters is given a range of names that are almost their designations or descriptions rather than simple names So we have Mr and Mrs Civilization Mrs Deputy Customs Officer and others who are exemplifying aspects of the author s Vietnam while their own arrogance and stupidity brings our hero to the fore of their society without every really tryingHaving bought this book while I was in Hanoi it was an added pleasure while reading to have some acuaintance with the country which was it s source While I do not for a second doubt that the Hanoi of the 1930 s in which it was written is vastly different to the Hanoi of today I think having visited there hel. Cial uarter to the gaudy mansions of the emergent Francophile northern upper classes The transformation of traditional Vietnamese class and gender relations triggered by the growth of colonial capitalism represents a major theme of the novel Dumb Luck is the first translation of a major work by Vu Trong Phung arguably the greatest Vietnamese writer of the twentieth century The novel's clever plot richly drawn characters and humorous tone and its preoccupation with sex fashion and capitalism will appeal to