So worth seeking out! Apr 23, Maura rated it liked it. It's a slender memoir of his early years growing up in Chicago with parents and "Aunty Sue", who was really a friend of his mother and not an actual relative.
In some ways, it's a typical story; his mother wants him to be Thai instead of American, his father wants him to reach that American dream of fame and fortune, while Ira just wants to be a regular kid and fit in with everyone else Ira Sukrungruang was one of my daughter's professor's at SUNY Oswego, so this is how I came to read this book. In some ways, it's a typical story; his mother wants him to be Thai instead of American, his father wants him to reach that American dream of fame and fortune, while Ira just wants to be a regular kid and fit in with everyone else.
Ira tells his story in a straightforward way, without a lot of padding or embellishment to make the book longer. In some ways I wished it was longer - he leaves us at a point when his life was undergoing some major changes. I'd be interested to hear about his high school and college life. He mentions once about meeting a half-sister from his father's first marriage, yet never tells us much about how that came about.
So I hope he adds another volume to continue the story. Nov 01, Alexandra rated it liked it Shelves: Talk Thai details the sometimes frustrating, sometimes difficult, but always funny as he tells it childhood of Ira Sukrungruang, the son of Thai immigrants who are living in Chicago. His childhood is filled with dichotomy: Which to his mind is, to be white. And to have a normal name, not a Jewish one that his parents picked out of an American naming Talk Thai details the sometimes frustrating, sometimes difficult, but always funny as he tells it childhood of Ira Sukrungruang, the son of Thai immigrants who are living in Chicago.
Mar 03, Cole Watts rated it liked it. I read this for a university non-fiction class about life narratives. Most of the books from this class had a sense of macabre about them that were tough to read at times. However, they were thought inspiring and shed light to the tribulations of those that are halfway around the world from Americans. This was the worst of them all. May 11, Catherine rated it it was ok. Feb 05, Sarah rated it really liked it. I had to read this book for my memoir class, and--thankfully--I enjoyed it!
It's well-written, wonderfully evocative, and downright entertaining. Sukrungruang has a great style and voice, and this story really rang true. I'd recommend it, especially if coming-of-age, immigrant-family memoirs are up your alley. Dec 14, D.
I had the pleasure of meeting this author in person during a reading. This book was a great read, a story that is told so wonderfully. Meeting this author only made me love the book even more, a great person that has crafted a great book. Reading this also kick started my reading before bed every night habit. Well worth checking out!
Jul 10, Maureen Stanton rated it it was amazing. This is an affecting and lyrical coming-of-age and identity memoir. Sukrungruang tells his story of growing up near Chicago as the only son of Thai parents with beauty and grace. Luminous and eloquent scenes serve emblematically and metaphorically to show the challenge of developing a sense of self when the world you inhabit inside your home is different from the one outside. Apr 03, Lotte rated it really liked it.
As fair and memorable a memoir as I have read. I was grateful for being in bed sick, allowing me to finish it in one read. Ira is an unlikely Hebrew name for a young Thai boy who struggles to find an identity and a place in America. Feb 15, Denise rated it it was amazing. A very entertaining book. It was sometimes sad and often humorous. I enjoyed reading about the author's struggle to grow up in the U. I highly recommend this book! Apr 29, Pickles-effyew rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book.
Outstanding work, and made me yearn for more! I enjoyed this romp through a Chicago childhood. Nice narrative distance while retaining first person authority. Apr 16, Joec rated it it was amazing. A classic story of not only finding your identity but embracing it with such a passion it makes you think about your own.
Apr 05, Caroline rated it it was amazing. This book continues to haunt me. The writing is elegant, profound, and a most playful romp. Aug 21, Bemilly rated it really liked it.
Easy to read, funny memoir about growing up Thai in America. One of the best memoirs I've read. I've also met him and he's a genuinely funny and nice guy who gives great writing advice.
I wish I'd had my book with me so he could have signed it. May 09, Susan rated it really liked it. This is a very interesting memoir so far. I'm learning about the Thai culture. At the same time there is a universality of the immigrant experience and of childhood in the book. Jun 25, Jacqueline rated it it was amazing. Entertaining and absorbing read. I am grateful to small presses like University of Missouri who give us this kind of quality. This book could have crossover YA appeal.
PK rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Raindrop rated it really liked it Oct 31, Valerie Vogrin rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Here is a story imbued with Thai spices and the sensibilities of an American upbringing, a story in which Ira practices English by reciting lines from TV sitcoms and struggles with the feeling of not belonging in either of his two worlds. For readers who delight in the writings of Amy Tan, Gish Jen, and other Asian-Americans, Talk Thai provides generous portions of a still-mysterious culture while telling the story of an American boyhood with humor, playfulness, and uncompromising honesty.
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The bowl had gotten cold. As Sukrungruang struggles to fulfill family and cultural expectations, he makes two close friends in Southside Chicago and later a Thai boy he meets at the Buddhist temple. In vivid scenes, the boys experience bullies, comic book heroes and villains, wild sleepovers, Sunday school, and inevitably the mysterious allure of girls. Always speak Thai in the house. Rule 6 was the hardest not to break.
It even began infecting my dreams—frogs croaking: My father made his eyes bulge. He nodded toward my mother, a gesture that told me to apologize, to lay my hands on her lap and bow my head.
Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. When Ira Sukrungruang was born to Thai parents newly arrived in the U.S., they picked his Jewish moniker out of a book of “American” names. Start reading Talk Thai: The. Talk Thai has ratings and 25 reviews. Joshua said: The ingredients are there , but they don't quite make a linawycatuzy.gq Sukrungruang is the son of Thai.
It made my chest hurt and my fingers feel numb. I inched toward her. The story, moving from his enrollment in first grade to his entering high school, flashes forward to mention his exodus for Southern Illinois University. The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. On his website he has published three cut chapters of Talk Thai , including an alternate ending that takes his mother and Aunty Sue to the brink of their return to Thailand. Talk Thai is disarmingly deft in execution, a nice blend of scenes and exposition. And this coming-of-age story is concise —always impressive to long-winded me.
They identify with Ira Sukrungruang, feeling new and different themselves, and appear charmed by the humorous spirit that hovers over this gentle, generous memoir. Tagged as Ira Sukrungruang.