‘The Happiest Refugee’ by Anh Do – Review


This was a nice, pleasant read.

The Happiest Refugee details Anh Do’s journey from a poverty-stricken child in Vietnam to a man considered one of Australia’s friendliest comedians. The main players in this book are his family who are integral in his escape from a third-world situation to an abundancy on Australian shores. Anh’s mother was always a hard working and fierce heroine, his father, plagued by early memories, was tormented for many years and figuratively spilled ink into the relationship with his wife and kids.

Do details the healing that came about and the tragedies occurring still in his extended family. He speaks of his own wife and kids and of his rise to stardom. Anh Do is a likeable person and, as such, the book is just that: likeable. I personally could have done without descriptions of his experiences on reality T.V. but overall, Anh invokes in his reader a sense of gratitude for the rich life we have.



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