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Dumb Luck: A Novel by Vu Trong Phong (Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning and Memory) Paperback – 30 Jun 2002

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Michigan Press (30 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472068040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472068043
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,154,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shaka on 5 Sep 2014
Format: Paperback
great service but the book is poor adn written in an abstract way.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Best novel I have read for class 26 May 2005
By Joseph M. Gates - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was assigned this novel for a Vietnamese history class; I would not have even heard of it otherwise.

This novel is excellent. The writing style, translated from 1930's Vietnamese, is humourous, witty, and fast-paced. The luck, charisma, and quick thinking of Red-Haired Xuan is hilarious, and the plot is worthy of the best modern comedy movies (particularly British ones).

I have no clue how you would find out about this novel, but if you do, you should read it. It had me laughing out loud, and I am not a fan of historical or foreign novels. Considering that this novel is 70 years old and from a totally different language, it must be a masterpiece if to still be so good.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
excellent, hilarious book 11 Nov 2005
By bookpacker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
i haven't read a lot of vietnamese literature but among those i've read, i would rank dumb luck and tale of kieu at the very top. dumb luck is hilarious and absurdly modern for its time and place. i could definitely see this book translated into a quirky comedic film (i think the preface says the author may have been influenced by such french films and i can see that, if that's true). the main character, red-haired xuan, is delightful but not annoying. not a word is wasted here -- every character and line of dialogue is essential to the story. the book is a quick, refreshing read. pick up this book if you want to read an excellent piece of vietnamese literature or want to spend a few hours rollicking with laughter (or more likely smirking and uttering a couple of "hah!"s every few minutes). this is a rare, obscure find. read it if you have the opportunity to do so.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Timeless 3 Jun 2008
By M. Bolthouse - Published on Amazon.com
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In addition to offering great historical and cultural perspective for anyone interested in the "American War" - the Vietnam War - and previous history...this book is just funny.

It is an intelligent, witty, insightful book, and yet is somehow familiar...almost 'quaint' - with characters who are endearing, comfortable and delightful even to an American reader many decades later.
Great!!!!! 3 April 2012
By Greg - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to read something that will make you laugh out loud then this book is the one. Reading the book for a South East Asian history class Mr. Phung brings light to a little know area of the French colonial in Indochina. Very well put together. You WILL enjoy reading this!
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