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Download Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (492 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Pung Narrator: Melissa Chambers Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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This story does not begin on a boat. So commences Alice Pung's memoir. This is an original take on a classic story - how a child of immigrants moves between two cultures. In place of piety and predictability, however, Unpolished Gem offers a vivid and ironic sense of both worlds. It combines the story of Pung's life growing up in suburban Footscray with the inherited stories of the women in her family - stories of madness, survival, and heartbreak. Original and brave, this is a girl's own story that introduces an unforgettable voice and captures the experience of Asian immigrants to Australia.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chantal | 2/2/2014

    " Lovely way with words, great sense of humour, interesting perspective of cultural assimilation into Australia...but I found it difficult to stay engaged with the story; there was little uplifting or to look forward to and the ending was strange, to say the least. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dragonsally | 1/20/2014

    " It was great to read a book set in my locality - even without that link it is a fantastic book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kiri | 1/1/2014

    " Potentially insightful cross-cultural comparison, turned self-indulgent dribble. I very much enjoyed some small parts of this book, but as a whole I was pretty disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taz | 11/22/2013

    " fabulous reading a book set in footscray "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 11/5/2013

    " An interesting look at the life of a person who's parents are immigrants. The issues of where do I fit in? And related topics are covered in this book. I found it a fascinating insight and easy to read. The only down part is the ending which didn't seem to fit the rest of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Scott | 10/22/2013

    " After spending quite a lot of time in Footscray with work, this was a great book to gain insight into the behind the scenes side of Footscray. Great story, very genuine and heartfelt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/5/2013

    " Enjoyable and often humorous account of the experiences of an Asian family adapting to life in Australia, through the eyes of a modern woman caught between two cultures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pinknantucket | 5/31/2013

    " A lovely book. Pung writes with a lovely voice; teenage love angst at the end is a bit painful but then that's accurate, isn't it? Also nice to read about Footscray. Can't help thinking what enormously different childhoods we had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 2/27/2013

    " "This story does not begin on a boat. Nor does it contain any wild swans or falling leaves..."...thus begins this brilliant story about the daughter of Cambodian refugees growing up in Australia. Awesome, funny, bittersweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 10/29/2012

    " Loved this funny, poignant look at a migrants life in Melbourne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 7/31/2012

    " Fascinating memoir by a young woman growing up in Australia in an immigrant community where east and west often collide. Very well-written, funny (and heartbreaking) at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 7/15/2012

    " just like reading The Joy Like Club in the land of Oz "

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