Anguli Ma, a Gothic Tale

Anguli Ma is the central figure in a traditional Buddhist folktale, a deranged killer who wears his victims fingers in a garland around his neck Chi Vu presents him as a menacing abattoir worker who carries bloody chunks of meat home to his lodgings in plastic bags, in this suburban Gothic tale set in 1980s Melbourne, when the flight of Vietnamese refugees to Australia wAnguli Ma is the central figure in a traditional Buddhist folktale, a deranged killer who wears his victims fingers in a garland around his neck Chi Vu presents him as a menacing abattoir worker who carries bloody chunks of meat home to his lodgings in plastic bags, in this suburban Gothic tale set in 1980s Melbourne, when the flight of Vietnamese refugees to Australia was at its height The gathering fear, the prevailing darkness, the strange contours of the house which has been divided and sub divided to accommodate its female occupants, the macabre humour and surreal effects, mark Chi Vu s novella out as a unique contribution to contemporary Australian storytelling, and our understanding of its communities.
Anguli Ma a Gothic Tale Anguli Ma is the central figure in a traditional Buddhist folktale a deranged killer who wears his victims fingers in a garland around his neck Chi Vu presents him as a menacing abattoir worker who c

  • Title: Anguli Ma, a Gothic Tale
  • Author: Chi Vu
  • ISBN: 9781920882877
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
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    1 thought on “Anguli Ma, a Gothic Tale”

    1. at no point did I feel like I had a firm grip on what was happening. but I thought it was great. footscray! also it's not chi vu's fault I didn't know anything about angulimala before. gothic as fuq.

    2. Anguli Ma: A Gothic Tale is a contemporary retelling of an ancient Buddhist folk tale about the Angulimala. According to the story, this Angulimala was a student who had provoked his teacher’s jealousy and was therefore sent on a grisly quest. By tradition, when training is complete, a student must offer a final gift to the guru who taught him. Before receiving this final approval Angulimala was told to present 1000 fingers, each from a different victim (the teacher hoping that at some stage t [...]

    3. Nalini Haynes reviewed this book; for more reviews by Nalini, seeNalini Haynes on Dark Matter Zine.Set in 1980s Melbourne, Anguli Ma: a gothic tale focuses on the lives of Vietnamese boat people, at least some of whom fled the fall of Saigon in 1975. This gothic tale enmeshes two stories: the dislocation – the dismemberment – suffered by those forced to flee their homeland and a vivid horror story.Angulimala is a Bhuddist folkloric tale used to enlighten the reader (pardon the pun).Chi Vu us [...]

    4. This is one of my favourite books I've read this year. It's completely unlike anything else I've read, which delights me. It made me look at the neighbourhood where I live in a whole other way. It made me look at Australia and the people around me in a whole other way. I've felt like I had new eyes while reading this. And - for the first time in ages - I really felt for a whole bunch of fictional characters, including the bad guys (who are so complicated and creepy).There aren't enough stories a [...]

    5. Okay, so it's certainly not perfect. The characters are convincing enough but the interactions between them come off pretty awkward about half the time. Still, Chi Vu's voice is so original and yet so familiar (at least to anyone who has lived in an Australian city), and the moments of unreality were so clearly part of the fabric of the story, that those rough edges didn't bother me too much. Plus I was pretty thrilled to see my own street mentioned in a work of fiction!

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