The Demon who Peddled Longing

The Demon who Peddled Longing

by Khanh Ha


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ISBN-13: 9780990433118
Publisher: Underground Voices
Publication date: 11/21/2014
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author


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.

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The Demon who Peddled Longing 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tina Stanciu for Readers' Favorite Following the story of a nineteen-year-old boy and his journey in search of the two brothers who abused and killed his cousin, The Demon Who Peddled Longing, set in post-war Vietnam, is a remarkable novel that offers readers a unique literary experience. Nam’s individuality is constructed by author Khanh Ha in a fascinating manner, from the first lines of the book to the very last ones. What started as a quest to find the two brothers turns into a quest for finding his true self and the true nature of humankind. The book opens with the boy being found by a fisherwoman, who tends his wounds and gives him a job, and progressively continues with him encountering a series of people that are all tested by life’s hard challenges.  A book about a memorable initiation in life, an initiation made possible by suffering, loss, and the search for revenge, The Demon Who Peddled Longing is more than a novel, more than the story of a boy and his journey into adulthood; it is a showpiece of modern literature, offering its readers a visually stunning experience, with the assistance of the author’s impressive descriptive writing style. This is the kind of book that pays tribute to the reader instead of the author, kind of like the ones that gave birth to the theory of reading back in the 1960s, a poetic portrayal of a journey that peddles longing, bravery, tragedy, love, and most of all, the rite of passage into adulthood.  By making his book appeal to all types of readers, from philosophy lovers to fans of coming-of-age novels, Khanh Ha has created a magnum opus that will only be enhanced by the passing of years. The secretive cover and the metaphysical title intensify the meaningfulness of the novel, and makes readers want to embark on a reading journey of their own, in search of the demons and longings from the boy’s world.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read by this author, and indeed his writing did not disappoint. You can always expect a poignant story with no frills. The author always provides a realistic story with all the harshness and brutality of raw humanity. There is never a dull moment in his books. For me, his writing style is a bit rough. That fits the stories he tells well, but sometimes the style is a bit too stark for me. That is purely and opinion. Sensitive readers will be bombarded with profanity and some intimate descriptions. I could have done without some of that, but it does fit his writing style quite well. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.