Monday, October 1, 2012

The Happiest Refugee - Book Review

The Happiest Refugee - Anh Do

Anh Do is a much loved Australian comedian and this book is his memoir.

Anh travelled to Australia from Vietnam, on a boat, as a young child. The book tells of a harrowing journey to escape their country at war and start a new life in Australia.  As debate continues to rage in Australia surrounding 'boat people' it was interesting to gain perspective from someone who has actually experienced the journey of a refugee.

Once in Australia life was full of hardship and heartbreaking moments. Anh's family worked tirelessly to forge out a new life. Anh's father leaves the family when Anh is still young and his mother is an amazing woman who works so hard to provide for her family, and give them all the opportunities of an education.

I was captivated by this moving tale and there are moments in this book where I cried, and other times I laughed out loud. 

I would highly recommend this amazing book. 

1 comment:

Bron said...

Have just read this too...love it heaps. x