On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

256 pages first pub 2019 (editions)

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ literary emotional reflective sad slow-paced

Description

This is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born. It tells of Vietnam, of the lasting impact of war, and of...

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Moods

emotional 90%
reflective 81%
sad 69%
dark 38%
challenging 32%
inspiring 18%
hopeful 13%
tense 12%
informative 6%
mysterious 2%
adventurous 1%
funny 1%
relaxing 1%

Pace

slow 46%
medium 45%
fast 8%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 85% | A mix: 10% | N/A: 2% | Plot: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 45% | It's complicated: 38% | No: 10% | N/A: 5%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 53% | It's complicated: 37% | No: 6% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 89% | It's complicated: 3% | No: 3% | N/A: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 64% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 9% | N/A: 3%

Average rating

4.15

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