Friday, May 1, 2015

Moon City Review

“Reading Khanh Ha's second novel, The Demon Who Peddled Longing, is like walking through a vivid painting of the Mekong Delta in southwestern Vietnam.

The theme of the reciprocity of benevolence between the characters endows the novel with a humanitarian perspective. Ha's adherence to a gritty and believable story world, paradoxically, emphasizes and reinforces this theme while at the same time providing a dramatic juxtaposition of the opposing tendencies within Nam to both save lives and take them. It is this unique quality of Ha's writing that makes the novel not only one that is difficult to put down, but also one that forces readers to examine their own internal confluence of thought through the presentation of Nam's struggles in an exotic and enigmatic landscape.”--Ryan Hubble, Moon City Review

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