Review: The Happiest Refugee : A Memoir by Anh Do

The Happiest Refugee : A Memoir

by Anh Do

The extraordinary true story of a boy’s journey from starvation at sea to becoming one of Australia’s best-loved comedians. The Happiest Refugee tells the incrediable uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination – a big life with big dreams. Anh’s story will move and amuse all who read it.

I really enjoyed reading this memoir, it was relayed with diginity, respect and of course humour. It details the journey that Anh’s family took from Vietnam to Australia when he was only 2. It only just touches, or skims the surface of the horror that his parents went through on that journey and in the days/weeks leading up to it.  But as it is Anh’s story I would expect that it focuses on him and his childhood.  He is very honest in his telling of how poor his family was and how hard his mother had to work to put her children through school and keep them feed and clothed. But he does it with humour and charm, rather than regret or disappointment.

Throughout the book Anh comes across as a happy and vibrant person, which makes the book a delightful and easy read. The hard, emotional, gripping sections were not so much glossed over but just not dwelt upon, so although you could feel tears welling up, he had moved on past it so quick that you just had to move along with him. The book finished on such a wonderful high, that it left me as a definite fan of Anh’s and wanting to chase up the movies that were mentioned in the book, that he stared in or helped direct.

Recommended Retail Price $32.99

Recommended Age: 18+

My Rating: 4.5/5 Highly Recommended


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