On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous 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 ? a history whose epicenter is root Poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of stor...

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Title:On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Author:Ocean Vuong
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0525562028
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:246 pages pages

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jun 18, 2019
    I knew this book would have an emotional wallop so I held off for a while. It's clear Ocean Vuong is drawing on his own experience in this novel, because it shares some of the sentiments and emotions I experienced in his poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. Oh how I love w...
  • Celeste Ng
    Feb 01, 2019
    ON EARTH WE'RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS will be described--rightly--as luminous, shattering, urgent, necessary. But the word I keep circling back to is raw: that's how powerful the emotions here are, and how you'll feel after reading it--scoured down to bone. With a poet's precision, Ocean Vuo...
  • Jeff Zentner
    Dec 05, 2018
    Thank you to Penguin for an advance copy of this book. Sometimes you think you know well the geography of the land of words and language. Then, a book takes you by the hand and says look. And it shows you soaring mountains, crystalline waterfalls, and golden meadows you?d never b...
  • Roxane
    Jul 15, 2019
    Ocean is a brilliant writer and I am a fan of his work. I even published him once in PANK! It has been thrilling to watch him soar. The prose in this novel is sublime. The way he writes is just? exquisite. He writes the body so well. He writes about the complicated relationship betwe...
  • Ron Charles
    May 28, 2019
    May 31 marks the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman?s birth, and the best present we could possibly receive is Ocean Vuong?s debut novel, ?On Earth We?re Briefly Gorgeous.? The connection between the Good Gray Poet and this young Vietnamese immigrant may seem tenuous, but with...
  • Trish
    May 09, 2019
    This work is called a novel but it is a ball of flame tossed into a dark night, blinding, brilliant, searing. Who knows if it is poetry or novel or memoir; the language fills the mouth and is saturated with truth. We recognize it. We?ve tasted it. We are pained by it. It still hurts....
  • Thomas
    Jul 20, 2019
    I am out here stanning the success of Ocean Vuong?s debut novel! As a fellow queer Vietnamese American, it feels so amazing to see someone with my same ethnic and queer identities breaking through in the literary world ? and so sad that we have to fight so hard for our voices to be...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Jul 07, 2019
    Although I read a decent amount of poetry, I rarely review it because I usually don't feel equal to the task of analyzing work whose language is so singular, so particular to the person who's writing it. I have a similar feeling about On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous; although it's pros...
  • Jennifer
    Jul 02, 2019
    ?They say nothing lasts forever and I?m writing you in the voice of an endangered species.? I can?t even. I?m overwhelmed by the beauty and heartbreak of this book. Please experience it. My favorite quote: ?Maybe we look into mirrors not merely to seek beauty, reg...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Jul 08, 2019
    I am thinking of beauty again, how some things are hunted because we have deemed them beautiful. If, relative to the history of our planet, an individual life is so short, a blink of an eye, as they say, then to be gorgeous, even from the day you?re born to the day you die, is to be ...
  • Rachel
    May 13, 2019
    On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, the bold and bracing debut novel by acclaimed poet Ocean Vuong, centers on Little Dog, the son of a Vietnamese immigrant mother and an absent father. Raised in present-day Hartford in a predominantly white community, Little Dog struggles from an early a...
  • Trudie
    Jul 08, 2019
    3.5 There is no doubt that Ocean Vuong is a talented writer and this is an outstanding debut novel. But in the end this didn't quite attain its early promise. For at least the first half of the book I was convinced this would be one of my top reads for the year. The complex Mot...
  • Emily May
    Jun 24, 2019
    ?All freedom is relative?you know too well?and sometimes it?s no freedom at all, but simply the cage widening far away from you, the bars abstracted with distance but still there, as when they ?free? wild animals into nature preserves only to contain them yet again by larg...
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    Jul 06, 2019
    I think I feel underwhelmed and I don't truly know why. This book was one of my most anticipated reads and for some reason I found myself unable to connect with it as I would like. The prose is beyond beautiful. There were moments in this book that I was made breathless by its gorgeous...
  • Angela M
    Apr 24, 2019
    This is such a beautiful book title and it was the title that drew me to read the description and request a copy of it. Not only is the title beautiful, but much of the writing here is as well. It?s described as literary fiction, but a brief look at Ocean Vuong?s bio after I read t...
  • Marchpane
    Jun 25, 2019
    Books by poets always have the best titles, don?t they? On Earth We?re Briefly Gorgeous , acclaimed poet Ocean Vuong?s semi-autobiographical debut novel, takes the form of a letter from Little Dog to his mother, both Vietnamese refugees now living in the U.S. This poignant, lyri...
  • Diane Barnes
    Jun 07, 2019
    No review. Just a list of adjectives. Brutal Raw Devastating Beautiful Incandescent Stunning The author didn't write this book; he opened his heart and just let it bleed all over the pages. Reading it cracked mine open and turned me inside out. Just a sample: "Did you kno...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    Dec 06, 2018
    (i want to tattoo on earth we're briefly gorgeous on my ribs but it's cool, i'm cool abt it) This review is also posted on my blog. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ocean Vuong is first & foremost a poet and On Earth We?r...
  • jessica
    Aug 13, 2019
    'all this time i told myself we were born from war, but I was wrong. we were born from beauty. let no one mistake us for the fruit of violence - but that violence, having passed through the fruit, failed to spoil it.' wow. i am stunned. in a debut novel where prose so elegantly me...
  • Karen
    Jul 02, 2019
    I went back and forth wondering if I should give this a 4 or 5 star rating....it was just such a combination of beautiful writing ...poetic, raw and brutal...that it had to end up with a 5 star, for me! This novel is a letter from ?little dog? a Vietnamese-American gay man to his ...
  • Ace
    Jun 21, 2019
    When a poet writes a novel and draws so deeply from his own life, is it an autobiography or a poem or a novel? The lines are all blurred here. Mixed thoughts in a series of letters to his illiterate mother, Vuong had me mesmerized at times and forced me back into the depths of my own c...
  • Vanessa
    Jul 06, 2019
    Oh my this book is stunning! It feels like an instant classic a timeless piece of art. A beautiful ode and a collage of memories interwoven into this beautiful novel. Every word is beautifully presented to make a compelling tender novel, every word worthy of savouring. There is so much...
  • Jen
    Jul 28, 2019
    With a title like this, an author whose name is Ocean and the remarkable reviews, I thought this would surely be a great one. Little Dog writes to his mother in such a raw emotional and passionate way. He reflects on his life -in his 20?s- the relationship with his mother who abused ...
  • Bianca
    Jul 14, 2019
    The beautifully titled On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous feels like a (fictionalised) memoir, rather than a novel. Regardless, it's beautifully written and it has a distinct feel to it, dreamy at times, raw and visceral, at other times. Written in a non-linear way, this is a coming o...
  • Michael
    May 15, 2019
    Thoughtful and tender, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous meditates on the powers of storytelling. The autobiographical novel?s framed as a letter from a queer Vietnamese son, Little Dog, to his illiterate single mother, Rose. Across three expansive parts Little Dog reflects on his turb...
  • Neil
    Jul 07, 2019
    Recently, when I have opened my Goodreads web page, it has seemed to be full of people giving a lot of stars to this book and singing its praises in glowing reviews. I opened the book with high hopes. On Earth We?re Briefly Gorgeous uses a fragmented narrative to tell, or perha...
  • Seemita
    Jul 05, 2019
    Memory. A twig to hang our old ages on, a current to charge our failed youth from; a blanket to hush our demons from the black, a spring to nourish our wounded dreams underneath. A whole. A hollow. And everything suspended in between is memory. 'Ma. You once told me that memory is ...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Jun 20, 2019
    There is so much I want to tell you, Ma. I was once foolish enough to believe knowledge would clarify, but some things are so gauzed behind layers of syntax and semantics, behind days and hours, names forgotten, salvaged and shed, that simply knowing the wound exists does nothing to r...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Jun 06, 2019
    ? Dear Ma ,? within the narrator?s head?or it might have been his heart?the name begins tolling, very much like a bell, ? I am writing to reach you?even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are. ? And although he knows his mother is illiterate?he...
  • Meike
    Apr 26, 2019
    Ocean Vuong?s highly acclaimed debut novel is an intentionally disparate and associative mixture of fiction and memoir, detailing the coming-of-age of a queer Vietnamese-American growing up in the times of the opioid epidemic. The book, framed as a letter to the protagonist?s illit...