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The Ugly Daughter: A thrilling real life journey to self discovery, riches and spirituality by [Legian, Julia, Burke, Dawn]
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About the Author

Julia Legian (aka Loan Thi Nguyen) was born in 1972, South Vietnam. Or was it 1971? Nobody really knows so she prefers to err on the young side. In the 80s her parents fled Vietnam as “boat people” and immigrated to Australia. For most of her adult life she has worked in real estate. She quit her job in 2002 and became a successful property investor. In 2004 she set up her own business as a buyer agent to help others follow her footsteps. She’s now officially retired to concentrate full time on writing. She’s happily married to Simion and has a wonderful, kind and loving son Jeremy.

Dawn Burke is a creative writing teacher and editor. She has published books on writing and has written and published works of fiction. She has two beautiful daughters and nine grandchildren. In her view, working with Julia Legian has been an honour and a privilege. Helping Julia to recount the story of her struggle for survival against painful obstacles, has been a rewarding experience.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1099 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Julia Legian & Dawn Burke (2 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7S5PK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #316,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julia Legian takes you on a very personal journey in this the first volume of her memoirs.

Reading some of the atrocities she witnessed as a young child, and the hardships she endured will bring a tear to your eye more than once.

The writing is raw and basic, never once dressing up what is without doubt one of the most shocking and compelling things I have ever read. What makes it all the more astounding is that despite living in Vietnam during an intense political and military period, young Loan (Julia) goes through much worse at the hands of her parents and extended family, than she's even aware is happening around her to her fellow countrymen.

This book will never win an award for perfect English, but than again, you're not reading it for the beauty of the language. Julia's personal story moves betweens highs and lows at such a pace; I can imagine her writing it, trying to capture every detail of what her life was like as a child. Every joyous moment and every terrifying encounter, painted on the page in honest, simple language that never fails to convey her thoughts and feelings.

I am very much looking forward to reading the next instalment.
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I actually had goosebumps—that positive kind, that is—in reading this book. Julia Legian’s memoir is sweeping in its scope and breath-taking in its penetration of the small moments. It is the kind of book that will haunt you days after reading it—‘The Ugly Daughter’, to put it simply, is a literary marvel.

When you look at Julia’s photo on the book’s cover, seeing her with that peaceful smile, you’d never think that a person who exudes such positivity had actually undergone unimaginable horror. The harrowing imagery evoked by the first few pages alone sets the tone for the rest of the book—and, eventually, makes Julia’s redemption in the end all the more satisfying. Born in the early 1970s in South Vietnam, Julia’s childhood was marked with constant strife and the ever-present of fatal danger. Seeing an opportunity for a better life and escape oppression, Julia’s family takes an enormous risk setting off to Australia as one of those so-called “boat people”. And ‘The Ugly Daughter’ is her story.

I love Julia’s writing—it brims with such candor and, despite what her childhood represents, a sort of nostalgia. The book also helpfully comes with pictures—for the benefit of those of us who could not imagine what she went through in those days of utter poverty and seeming hopelessness.

Overall, ‘The Ugly Daughter’ is a jaw-dropping page-turner, and one that makes you grateful that somebody like Julia has escaped the clutches of that horror. The book succeeds in a flourish the dual nature of human beings—on one hand, how we are capable of the most despicable acts; on the other hand, there are those like Julia who, for their sheer perseverance of spirit, give us bottomless hope. I believe this book deserves a wider audience—and a movie version, if possible—because we could all learn so much from her life story. A solid five-star rating for this book.
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Horrific account of a child being dragged up by ignorant brutal family in Vietnam before escaping to Australia. It's a great insight into a culture we don't know much about and the author has the gift of story telling. How the child survived at all is a miracle and the story rips along at a perfect pace.....then just stops. Being told it's Part 1 at the end is quite annoying or it would have had 5 stars.
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Well written incredibly interesting, still I am giving only a two Star rating solely for the way the book ended, almost mid sentence.
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this book was interesting and an in site but I was very disappointed that I read all the way through and it ended as part one
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The naive writing style drew me in and the harrowing story, so simply told was a page turner. I hope there will be a sequel as this book ended much too abruptly.
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Was a interesting read, and insight into another culture in hard times, such an eye opener, can't wait for the next volume to find out how her life ended up.
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By MM on 10 Mar. 2014
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A truly beautiful read but I wanted it to go on a bit further. Will there be a Volume 2? As I felt your journey is not complete.
Best Wishes
MM
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