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Like all of Butler’s other stories in A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain, “Mid-Autumn” focuses on the struggles of being Vietnamese American.  I really enjoyed this story because it allowed the reader to connect with the first person narrator at the very beginning.  The opening sentence makes the reader feel like they are being […]

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Butler, “A Ghost Story”

  This story had me captivated. I enjoyed the directness of the 1st person speaker and how the voice drew me, the reader, into the story. There were many elements to this piece that I had not noticed before in Butler’s work. The first is how the story transitioned from a 1st person narrative to […]

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Robert Olen Butler’s “Love”

Robert Olen Butler’s “Love” concerns a man questioning his identity as a Vietnamese man in American society as he copes with his wife’s coquettish behavior. In Vietnam, he was able to use his abilities as a spy to essentially wipe out any man who tried pursuing his wife. However, in America, he discovered his small […]

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