WYR: Adventure, Conformity & Instant Noodles

Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …

What’s Your Read?

To be honest, I’ve already finished this book. I meant to start it before the week/weekend got crazy, and, poof, it was done. It’s short, yes. 155 small pages, but it was the beautiful style that made it such a joy to gobble up so quickly. Nguyen Nhat Anh’s writing skips along mischievously like the young troublemaker his narrator is remembering from childhood. Major props to William Naythons for his mad translating skills, too.

A man remembers the eight year old he was (along with his buddies) seeking out the adventuresome world he knew must lie beyond the conformity displayed by the grownups in his life. Gardens must contain buried treasure if you dig long enough. Wild dogs must be a means of financial independence. Parents can stand trial in a court of their offspring. And nutrition merely stands in the way of appreciating the perfectly cooked instant noodle.

Freedom and lofty expectations meet limitations and bitter disappointments, of course, but together, they somehow left me hopeful of returning to my own childhood, long outgrown.

Ticket to Childhood made my day. I might even go read it again right now.

Ticket to Childhood by Nguyen Nhat Anh

Ticket to Childhood by Nguyen Nhat Anh

Have a suggestion for my next read? What’s yours?

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