Book Title: The Mountains Sing
Author: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Category: Historical, Coming-of-Age Fiction.
Pages: 342 pages
Book Review [spoilers free]
The Mountains Sing is an epic multigenerational tale; telling the story of the journey into the twentieth century of Vietnamese history. Through the lives of the Tran family, told via the POV of a grandmother and granddaughter.
First of all;I’m proud with the way ownvoices female authors of our generation are telling history with their masterpiece writing.
The Mountains Sing is book after reading, words gets to fail you on how to write a good review; to justify and tell the world how beautiful and exceptionally great the book is.
My first time reading Quế Mai’s work, and I must say; I have never read something as beautiful as this in my life. Thanks to this book, it’s a new beginning for me in explorating, the Asian literature genre.
The writing style used by the author, was poetic.
And the reading experience worth every bit of it, even though I felt heartbroken while doing so.
This is a novel with different complex characters about; family, culture, survival, humanity, love, loyalty, perseverance, Vietnam War leading to the cause of famine, violence, brutality and death.
My favourite characters were Diệu Lan and Hương.
Mr Tran way of dealing with societal norms, made love and adored.
(Reasons for my words can be seen clearly, if you read this book).
The Mountains Sing is a book I highly recommend a 100 times. Thank to Que Mai Phan Nguyen for telling this story.
Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai was born in Việt Nam in 1973, and grew up witnessing the war’s devastation of her country. She worked as a street seller and rice farmer before winning a scholarship to attend university in Australia. She is the author of eight books of poetry, short fiction and non-fiction in Vietnamese. Her writing has been translated and published in more than ten countries and has received many honors, including the Hà Nội Writers Association’s Poetry of the Year 2010 Award. She currently divides her time between Indonesia and Việt Nam.