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    DescriptionWinner of the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year Winner of the Whiting Writers' Award A "Seattle Post-Intelligencer" Best Book of the Year "Catfish and Mandala" is the story of an American odyssey--a solo bicycle voyage around the Pacific Rim to Vietnam--made by a young Vietnamese-American man in pursuit of both his adopted homeland and his forsaken fatherland. Andrew X. Pham was born in Vietnam and raised in California. His father had been a POW of the Vietcong; his family came to America as "boat people." Following the suicide of his sister, Pham quit his job, sold all of his possessions, and embarked on a year-long bicycle journey that took him through the Mexican desert, around a thousand-mile loop from Narita to Kyoto in Japan; and, after five months and 2,357 miles, to Saigon, where he finds "nothing familiar in the bombed-out darkness." In Vietnam, he's taken for Japanese or Korean by his countrymen, except, of course, by his relatives, who doubt that as a Vietnamese he has the stamina to complete his journey ("Only Westerners can do it"); and in the United States he's considered anything but American. A vibrant, picaresque memoir written with narrative flair and an eye-opening sense of adventure, "Catfish and Mandala" is an unforgettable search for cultural identity.

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    Catfish and Mandala
    A 2 Wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew X Pham
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 344
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    ISBN 13: 9780312267179
    ISBN 10: 0312267177

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    LC classification: E184.V53 P455 1999
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    02 September 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Andrew X. Pham was born in Vietnam in 1967 and moved to California with his family after the war. "Catfish and Mandala" was the winner of the 1999 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. Mr. Pham lives in Portland, Oregon
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    "Thoreau, Theroux, Kerouac, Steinbeck, Mark Twain and William Least Heat-Moon--the roster of those who have turned to their travels for inspiration includes some of America's most noted scribes. Now add Andrew X. Pham to the list . . . "Catfish and Mandala" records a remarkable odyssey across landscape and into memory."--"The Seattle Times" "An engaging and vigorously told story . . . a fresh and original look at how proud Vietnamese on the war's losing side reconciled having their identity abruptly hyphenated to Vietnamese-American."--Gavin Scott, "Chicago Tribune""" "A modern Plutarch might pair Pham's story with that of Chris McCandless, the uncompromising young man whose spiritual quest led him to a forlorn death in Alaska. Pham, instead of seeking out remote places where he could explore fantasies of self-sufficiency, instictively understood that self-knowledge emerges from engagement with others. In his passionate telling, his travelogue acquires the universality of a bildungsroman."--"The New Yorker" "A trip so necessary and so noble makes others seem like mere jaunts or stunts.""--The New York Times Book Review" "Part memoir, part travelogue . . . "Catfish and Mandala" [is] a visceral, funny and tender look at modern-day Vietnam, interwoven with the saga of Pham's refugee family."--Annie Nakao, "San Francisco Examiner " "Far more than a travelogue . . . "Catfish and Mandala" is a seamlessly constructed work deftly combining literary techniques with careful, evenhanded reportage . . . A gifted writer . . . Pham opens readers to the full sadness of the human condition on both sides of the world, marveling at spiritual resilience amid irreconcilable facts."--Roland Kelts, "The Philadelphia Inquirer" "No small achievement . . . Scenes of [Pham's] wild road adventure [are] worthy of Jack Kerouac."--"The San Francisco Chronicle" "Stunning . . . A brilliantly written memoir in which a young Vietnamese-American uses a