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The Happiest Refugee :  My Journey from Tragedy to Comedy - Anh Do

The Happiest Refugee

My Journey from Tragedy to Comedy

By: Anh Do

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Published: 1st September 2010
For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
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The laugh-out-loud, reach-for-your-hanky story of one of Australia's best-loved comedians.

Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in the country they had dreamed about.

Life in Australia was hard, an endless succession of back-breaking work, crowded rooms, ruthless landlords and make-do everything. But there was a loving extended family, and always friends and play and something to laugh about for Anh, his brother Khoa and their sister Tram. Things got harder when their father left home when Anh was only nine - they felt his loss very deeply and their mother struggled to support the family on her own. His mother's sacrifice was an inspiration to Anh and he worked hard during his teenage years to help her make ends meet, also managing to graduate high school and then university.

Another inspiration was the comedian Anh met when he was about to sign on for a 60-hour a week corporate job. Anh asked how many hours he worked. 'Four,' the answer came back, and that was it. He was going to be a comedian! The Happiest Refugee tells the incredible, uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination - a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who read it.

About The Author

Anh Do is one of Australia's leading comedians. He has also acted in television series and films, written screenplays and is a sought-after keynote speaker.

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The Happiest Refugee
 
4.5

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94%

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Pros

  • Easy to understand (12)
  • Inspirational (11)
  • Well written (11)
  • Deserves multiple readings (9)
  • Informative (8)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Anh Do made me laugh, cry and smile . .

If you buy this book, make sure that when you want to start reading it, you give yourself a lot of time, because you won't want to put it down.
It...Read complete review

If you buy this book, make sure that when you want to start reading it, you give yourself a lot of time, because you won't want to put it down.
It took me 2 days to read this book, as the chapters are layer out, so once you finish one, you want to find out where he went next in his lifelong adventure.
Its hard not to write any SPOILERS for this book, but from the moment he takes you back to his childhood, to his comedy gigs, Anh made me laugh, cry, smile and made me think i was grateful for how i was bought up and what i have.
This is a must read, and then read it again. Very touching and i thank Anh for sharing his life with me . . .

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

immigrant's experience

Interesting but unsatisfying at the same time, not enough accurate explanation of the family in Australia, nor an easy to follow time line.

A great story of surviving in adversity, but...Read complete review

Interesting but unsatisfying at the same time, not enough accurate explanation of the family in Australia, nor an easy to follow time line.

A great story of surviving in adversity, but conversational in style rather than literary. One read was sufficient.

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    Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

    The truth is often stranger than fiction. This is a delightful autobiography that I read in one sitting. Anh Do pens an amazing tale of perseverance and adaptability, all peppered with a cheeky smile and much humour. A nice little read.

     
    5.0

    Great read

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    from Noosa Australia

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    Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

    loved this book would certainly recommend to read the mother is amazing and Anh Do has made a wonderful life for himself

     
    5.0

    I have no doubt this book will get great reviews

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    from Metung

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
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      Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

      Loved, Loved the book, couldn't put it down It actually has changed the way I look at Refugees now

       
      4.0

      Easy and enjoyable read

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      from Melbourne, AU

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          Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

          An interesting biography which was very easy to read, so perfect for curling up on the couch for a break, or to read on holidays.

           
          5.0

          Terrific

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          from Albury, NSW

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            Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

            This guy is so loveable - you see his smiling face through every page and hardship and awkward moment of his refugee and immigrant experience. Touching and funny.

             
            5.0

            Inspirational read

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            from Brisbane

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              Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

              Very interesting to eat the issues affected the Vietnamese refugees.

               
              4.0

              great read

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              from somewhere, nsw

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              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Understand
              • Informative
              • Inspirational

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                Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

                I bought this book as a gift for my mother but decided to read it first. A really good insight into the past of a good comedian.plenty of funny light hearted moments to cut through the serious situations he found himself in.

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                from sydney australia..

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                  Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

                  Interesting but unsatisfying at the same time, not enough accurate explanation of the family in Australia, nor an easy to follow time line.

                  A great story of surviving in adversity, but conversational in style rather than literary. One read was sufficient.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Anh Do made me laugh, cry and smile . .

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                  from Country, Western Australia

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                  Pros

                  • Believe In Yourself
                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Informative
                  • Inspirational
                  • Make's Me Grateful
                  • Well Written

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                    Best Uses

                    • Gift
                    • Older Readers
                    • Travel Reading
                    • Universal Readership
                    • Younger Readers

                    Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

                    If you buy this book, make sure that when you want to start reading it, you give yourself a lot of time, because you won't want to put it down.
                    It took me 2 days to read this book, as the chapters are layer out, so once you finish one, you want to find out where he went next in his lifelong adventure.
                    Its hard not to write any SPOILERS for this book, but from the moment he takes you back to his childhood, to his comedy gigs, Anh made me laugh, cry, smile and made me think i was grateful for how i was bought up and what i have.
                    This is a must read, and then read it again. Very touching and i thank Anh for sharing his life with me . . .

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love it!!!!

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                    from Toowoomba

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                    • Inspirational
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                      Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

                      Love this book and carried it around for a week didn't want to let go.

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                      Anh Do

                      Anh Do (born 2 June 1977) is a Vietnamese-born Australian author, actor and comedian. He has appeared on many Australian TV shows such as Thank God You're Here and Good News Week, and was runner-up on Dancing With The Stars in 2007. He studied a combined Business Law degree at the University of Technology, Sydney.

                      He is the brother of film director Khoa Do and has acted in several of Khoa's films, including Footy Legends, which he co-wrote and produced. In 2012, his TV show Anh Does Vietnam began airing.

                      Visit Anh Do's Booktopia Author Page


                      ISBN: 9781742372389
                      ISBN-10: 1742372384
                      Audience: General
                      For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
                      For Grades: 7 - 10
                      Format: Paperback
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 240
                      Published: 1st September 2010
                      Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                      Country of Publication: AU
                      Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 1.8
                      Weight (kg): 0.34
                      Edition Number: 1