By Andrew Lam
The 13 tales in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the suffering and pleasure and bravado of America’s most modern americans, the lives of these who fled Vietnam and remade themselves within the San Francisco Bay sector. The past—memories of warfare and its aftermath, of homicide, arrest, re-education camps and new financial zones, of break out and shipwreck and atrocity—is ever found in those clever and compassionate tales. It performs itself out in superb methods within the lives of people that concept that they had moved past the nightmares of warfare and exodus. It comes again on television within the kind of a confession from a cannibal; it enters the Vietnamese eating place as a Vietnam Vet with a shameful mystery; it articulates itself within the odd tics of a guy with Tourette’s Syndrome who struggles to accommodate a profound tragedy. Birds of Paradise Lost is an emotional journey de strength, intricately rendering the fake starts off and revelations within the fight for integration, and in so doing, the human heart.
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