In a tale that combines the clash of cultures, the lure of the exotic, and the brutal reality of a refugee’s life into a memorable human comedy, we come to understand what it means to be an american. The saviors of this witty novel set in a Vietnamese refugee camp are a pair of americans who find themselves fomenting rebellion. “Eggers is a first novelist of rare taste and intelligence as well as rare experience” (Jane Smiley).
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Though principally about Americans Reuben Gill and Bobbi "Porkpie" Sortini, Eggers's debut novel is set in a Vietnamese refugee camp in Malaysia. Working for a United Nations program, Reuben and Porkpie assist the Vietnamese who fled their homeland in the late 1970s after Saigon fell. For those fortunate enough to survive the dangers of high seas, Bidong may be an island oasis, especially since many of them may eventually emigrate to the United States. In wonderful passages, however, Eggers's descriptions accentuate the camp's heat and humidity, the stench of garbage and sewage, and the turbulent emotional landscape of camp residents and workers. The novel's action begins to take shape only in the last third as Bidong residents wait for Year Five, the year Malaysians have elected to finalize the refugee problem. Unfortunately, it may be too late for Reuben and Porkpie to save the Vietnamese--and too late for Eggers to engage his readers fully. [Eggers was a U.N. relief worker in two Vietnamese refugee camps in the Phillippines and Malaysia.--Ed.]--Faye A. Chadwell, Univ. of Oregon Libs., Eugene
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I guess I found parts of this book engaging, but overall, I found it hard to get through because I just didn't care enough about the story or the characters. Read full review