Aiyahh! is the expressive Cantonese exclamation for almost every emotion under the sun. Here it signifies shock and dismay. It has been 7 months since my last posting. And still people stumble across this blog (how? Where?) and think it worth signing up for – thank you.). Since the last piece was about my novel Alphabet of Vietnam, the following post connects (obsessively – Ed). Two weeks ago my publisher stumbled on this review of the book published several years ago but which we hadn’t known about. Thank God it was positive. The review appeared in the Virginia Libraries Journal and apart from getting some of the plot wrong and mixing up the names of the two brothers it was highly complementary. I was going to reprint it whole here but that probably contravenes all sorts of copyright issues so here are a few juicy quotes:

“…a postmodern window into the dark side… an amazingly intelligent and insightful work… The Alphabet of Vietnam is a meditation on the duality of human nature. … an excellent book …. a postmodern philosophical masterpiece…The bottom line is that The Alphabet of Vietnam is sophisticated, revealing many dark truths about American culture … incredibly worthy piece of literature that deserves to be read and taken seriously.”

Anyone taking the trouble to read the full review will see that I have deleted a few ifs and buts.

The full review can be read here:

About Jonathan Chamberlain

I am a novelist and creative writer attacking all genres indiscriminately - Dreams of Gold (humour) - Alphabet of Vietnam (literary suspense) - Whitebait & Tofu (noir suspense) - Wordjazz for Stevie (memoir) - King Hui (biography) - Chinese Gods (cultural analysis) - The Cancer Survivor's Bible (self-help) My literary blog is In Praise of Older Books see My Fighting Cancer website is My cancer information archive is at
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