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On A Wet Morning, My Father Came. The Monotonous Thluck Thluck Of A Typewriter’s Keys Hammering Out The Letters Was The Sound Of A Poem I Was Dreaming About. It Was A Strong Poetry, Maybe The Greatest I Had Ever Produced. He Was Standing Outside My Bedroom Door When I Woke Up, Grinning Vaguely. I Raised My Face To The Alarm Clock While Still Feeling Dreamy.
The Time Is Asked.
He Greeted Son In Vietnamese, “Hello.” “I Knocked Repeatedly. Suddenly, The Door Was Opened.
I Reflected, “The Fields Are Glass.” The Phrases Alloy And Excuse Are In The Line Following Tum-ti-ti, A Dactyl.
It’s Pouring Heavily, He Reported.
I Grimaced. The Time Was 11:44. I Believed You Would Not Arrive Until This Afternoon.
“My Flight Was Changed In Los Angeles,” I Said.
Why Did You Not Ring?
He Said Evenly, “I Tried. “No Response,”
To Get To The Window, I Twisted Over The Edge Of The Bed. Rain Dropped On The Rooftops, On The Streets, And On The Tin Shed Across The Parking Lot, Making The Sound Of Distant Firework Explosions Fill The Room. Wet Leaves Could Be Smelled Everywhere.
When I Go To Sleep, I Turn Off The Ringer, I Remarked. “sorry.”
He Kept Grinning At Me Intently As If He Were Anticipating Something.
I Had A Dream.
When I Was Younger, Dad Would Stand Over Me And Softly Smack My Cheeks To Wake Me Up. The Sourness And Dampness Of His Hands Bothered Me.
“Come On,” He Urged, Taking Up A Sizable Adidas Duffel And What Seemed To Be A Sleeping Bag In A Wrapped Bundle. A Day Lived Is A Sea Of Learning Amassed. He Spoke Frequently In Proverbs From The Vietnamese Language. I Had Long Ago Mastered The Art Of Ignoring It.
I Extended My Neck In Front Of The Only Window While Donning A T-shirt. The Sky Was As Dreary And Striated As Graphite Through The Rain.
You Must Be Worn Out, I Remarked.
After Taking Out From Sydney, Australia, He Travelled For A Total Of Thirty-three Hours Before Landing In Iowa. He And I Hadn’t Spoken In Three Years.
You’ll Stay In My Room To Sleep.
As He Escorted Me Around My Own Apartment, He Added, “Very Nice.” I Took The Half-full Bottle Of Johnnie Walker From My Bookcase’s Second Level And Hid It Beneath The Desk As He Made His Way To The Kitchen. I Peered Around. I Tossed Some Magazines Over The Hardest Areas Of The Desktop, Which Was Covered With Cigarette Ash. I Then Noticed Linda’s Picture Next To The Printer.
I Referred To It As Her “Glamour Photo” Because Of Her Windswept Hair, Squinty Eyes, And Beaming Smile. It Had Been Taken By One Of Her Ex-boyfriends Near Lake Macbride. She Seemed Content. I Grabbed It, Flipped It Over, And Covered It With Some Scrap Paper.
When I Entered The Kitchen, I Briefly Believed That I Had Left The Fire Escape Unlocked. Rainwater Rushing Through Gutters And Into The Pipes Was Audible To Me. Then I Noticed My Father Cleaning The Month-old Crusted Mound Of Dishes At The Sink With His Sleeves Pulled Up And A Sponge In His Hand. It Smelled Terrible. I Scowled And Said, “Ba, You Don’t Need To Do That.”
His Hands, Which Were Tough And Leathery, Were Deft.
I Said, “Ba,” Halfheartedly.
“I’m Nearly Done,” He Raised His Head And Grinned. Are You Hungry? Would You Like Me To Prepare Lunch?
I Replied, Suddenly Annoyed, “Thoi.” “You’re Worn Out. I’ll Go Get Something For Us.
I Circled Back Into The Living Room, Gathering Clothing And Trash As I Went.
You Don’t Need To Be Concerned About Me, He Yelled. You Simply Carry On As Usual.
The Reality Was That He Had Arrived At The Most Worst Time. It Was Late November, My Last Piece For The Semester Was Due In Three Days, And I Was In My Final Year At The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In Addition To Having A Backlog Of Papers To Grade, I Also Had A Tonne Of Fellowship And Employment Applications To Write And Submit. I Should Not Have Been Drinking So Much, Really.
Only The Previous Evening Had I Told Linda He Was Coming. At Her House, We Were. She Was Difficult To Grasp Because Of How Sweaty Her Body Was. Her Clothing Odour Was On Her Body. My Face Was Kissing The Bedsheets When She Flipped Me Over, And She Started Hacking At My Back With The Edges Of Her Palms. Higher. More Outside.
My Pushed Face Rested On Wet Sheets.
I Said, “Softer, Not Slower.”
She Gave My Back Two Firm Slaps With The Flesh Of Her Palms. I Couldn’t Help But Chuckle. I Moved Quickly And Grabbed Her By The Wrists. She Hunched Forward, Flushed And Stunning. Her Ash-blond Hair Fell Over Her Face, Revealing Just Her Wide Mouth Beneath Its Hem.
Her Shoulders Kinked The Long, Slim Curve That Runs From The Back Of Her Neck To The Small Of Her Back As She Pressed Down On Me. Her Lips Urged Her To Stop. She Managed To Unlock Her Hands. Her Claws Scratched Violently Along My Thighs, Knees, And Ankles Beneath My Waistline. I Made A Point With My Foot Like A Ballerina.
“Love And Honor And Pity And Pride And Compassion And Sacrifice,” The First Short Story In The Boat, Follows The Tale Of Nam, A Guy Who Has Emigrated From Australia To Iowa In Order To Pursue A Literary Career.
Nam’s Father, Ba, Had Just Arrived In Iowa To See Nam As The Chapter Begins. Nam Hasn’t Seen His Father In Three Years And Their Relationship Is Still Strained; Nam Doesn’t Trust His Father And Believes That He Is Attempting To Dominate Him. Nam Has A Partner Where He Now Resides, Has Been Attempting To Establish Roots, And Feels Quite Distant From His Father And His Previous Life.
When Nam’s Father Shows Home, He Is Scrambling To Finish His Final Thesis And Meet A Writing Deadline. Nam Is Having Trouble Coming Up With A Topic. Nam Is Drawn To Writing About His Background, But He Also Finds It Difficult To Express Anything Clearly.
Now That Nam’s Father Is There, He Discovers That The Old Emotions From His Youth—emotions He Sought To Flee By Moving—are Coming Back To The Surface. Nam Is Unsure On How To Conduct Himself With His Father. Nam Resents Him Because He Recalls The Emotional And Physical Abuse He Received From His Father When He Was A Youngster, But On The Other Hand.
As A Result Of Hearing About His Father’s Painful Experience Taking Part In A Slaughter During The Vietnam War, Nam Also Harbours Sympathy For His Father.
Nam Decides That He Wants To Write His Thesis About His Father’s Horrific Background As They Start To Establish Some Level Of Trust. Nam Interviews His Father, Writes It On His Typewriter All Night, And Then Leaves The Copy On His Desk The Next Morning.
Nam Finds His Father And The Writing Copy Gone When He Awakens. Nam Sets Out To Find His Father. He Is Discovered Talking To A Hobo And Warming His Hands Over A Drumfire Of Gasoline Near The River. It Appears That His Father Burnt His Narrative. Nam Considers His Remorse About The Words He Spoke To His Father That Day As The Narrative Comes To A Close.
In “Love And Honor And Pity And Pride And Compassion And Sacrifice,” The Author And The Story’s Lead Character Are Shown To Have Many Similarities. But The Author Never States Outright That This Chapter Is A True Account Of His History. Le Even Said That One Of The Story’s Main Goals Was To “Play With The Issue Of What We Regard To Be Real,
How Much Autobiography Is Indicated Or Assumed, And How We Interpret Something Differently If We Think It’s Been Derived From The Author’s Life” In An Interview For The New York Times. This Short Tale Stands In Contrast To The Other Short Stories In The Boat, Which Include Imaginary People And Settings That The Author Has Not Personally Encountered.
In “Love And Honor And Pity And Pride And Compassion And Sacrifice,” Nam’s Chats With His Girlfriend About His Father Show The Difficulty Many Children Of Immigrants Face In Comprehending Their Identities And Familial Connections.
The Suggested White American Lover Of Nam, Linda, Critiques Nam’s Connection With His Father. She Is Upset That Nam Won’t Introduce Her To Him, And Nam Appears Unable To Explain His Reluctance. The Remainder Of The Narrative Demonstrates To The Reader How Nam Has Absorbed His Father’s Trauma And How Confused Nam Feels About Allowing His Father To Witness His Life In America.
The Complex Identity Of Nam As An Immigrant Child, Particularly One Who Had Significant Trauma In His Place Of Birth, Is Not Understood By Nam’s Friends. The “Ethnic Literature” (P.9) That Nam’s Friends Push Him To Create About Vietnam Is Said To Be Both Simple To Produce And Extremely Profitable.
Nam (The Protagonist) Feels Apprehensive To Use His Father’s Private Narrative In This Manner. Le (The Author) Also Has Nam’s Fictitious Father Burn The Autobiography He Wrote About His Life In Order To Prevent It From Being Marketed.
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