Unpolished Gem

Unpolished Gem

by Alice Pung

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This story does not begin on a boat.

So commences Alice Pung''s memoir. This is an original take on a classic story – how a child of immigrants moves between two cultures. In place of piety and predictability, however, Unpolished Gem offers a vivid and ironic sense of both worlds. It combines the story of Pung''s life growing up in suburban Footscray with the inherited stories of the women in her family – stories of madness, survival and heartbreak. Original and brave, this is a girl''s own story that introduces an unforgettable voice and captures the experience of Asian immigrants to Australia.

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ISBN-13: 9781743181300
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty, Limited
Publication date: 09/17/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 7.12(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ChocolateMuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A memoir of the daughter of Chinese-Cambodian parents growing up in Footscray, a dominantly Asian suburb of Melbourne. The author is still quite young, so the memoir doesn't take us further than her eighteenth year. Very well written - often funny, often painful - points out with wry humour the less-than-perfect points of herself, her family, her culture. The last part of the book, where she tries to come to terms with falling in love with a 'white' boy ('one of those ghosts' according to her parents) and the impossibility of melding his culture with hers, I found very poignant. So many unanswerable questions, and such a wealth of things that he, the white boy, could never understand.
khollis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the humour in this book but then it lost me. The sory of Alice and her family and their life in Braybrook. Her father opens an electrical appliance store in Footscray bwhile her mother struggles to cope with her new life. A story about family relationshoips and the family's attempt to fit in with this new society.
pamelad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Autobiography. Alice's parents are Chinese, born in Cambodia. The family lives in Braybrook, a working-class suburb of Melbourne. Entertaining in the manner of Amy Tan. Collapsed at the end when the story centred on the teenaged Alice.