Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Review: The Demon Who Peddled Longing by Khanh Ha

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Underground Voices (Nov. 21 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0990433110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990433118

Set in post-war Vietnam, The Demon Who Peddled Longing tells the terrible journey of a nineteen-year-old boy in search of the two brothers who are drifters and who raped and killed his cousin also his girl. It brings together the damned, the unfit, the brave, who succumb by their own doing to the call of fate. Yet their desire to survive and to face life again never dies, so that when someone like the boy who is psychologically damaged by his family tragedy, who no sooner gets his life together after being rescued by a fisherwoman than falls in love with an untouchable girl and finds his life in peril, takes his leave in the end, there is nothing left but a longing in the heart that goes with him. 

About the Author: Khanh Ha
Khanh Ha is the author of Flesh (2012, Black Heron Press). He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and the recipient of Greensboro Review's 2014 ROBERT WATSON LITERARY PRIZE IN FICTION.His work has appeared in Waccamaw Journal, storySouth, Greensboro Review, The Long Story, Permafrost Magazine, Saint Ann's Review, Moon City Review, Red Savina Review, DUCTS, ARDOR, Lunch Ticket, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Tayo Literary Magazine, Sugar Mule, Yellow Medicine Review, Printer's Devil Review, Mount Hope, Thrice Fiction, Lalitamba Journal, and other fine magazines. 

My Review: I found this book to be a refreshing burst of colour   It followed the story of Nam and his quest for revenge.  The story has many twists in the story but a underlying need for him to find the two drifters.  I enjoyed this book and how Khanh was able to depict the Vietnamese river with such detail and precision.  I could easily imagine being there with Nam along the way.  I can see why Khanh has had his work in so many literary magazine as he is able to bring in the reader and help them connect with not only the characters but also the environment.  I would rate this book a 5 out of 5.

Views expressed are those of two children and a Migraine and not influenced in anyway.  No compensation was received for this post.


Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm glad you loved "The Demon Who Peddled Longing' as much as I did.

Khanh Ha said...

Thank you, Jayda, for the review, and I hope readers will enjoy the book as much as you did.