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Tom Lee ID: 21846711 10/12/2010 Asian American Study R2A Short Response: Truong The Book of Salt Questions: How does Gertrude Stein's manuscript, "The Book of Salt," relate to the entire book? Why is the book written in this unconventional stream of conscious manner? Is Binh’s narrative reliable? He even said, “When I am telling the truth, why does it so often sound like a lie?” Because of his homosexuality, Binh is exiled from his homeland, but even in Paris he still serves two women with the same “disease”. What is the meaning of this irony? Does it show that people cannot avoid problems in life? Overall themes: The story revolved around a Vietnamese cook named Binh, who served a lesbian couple named Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas at 27 rue de Fleurus, home of the couple. It starts with Binh accompanying them at the train station for their departure to America. The narrator has to decide between if he were to go with “the Steins”, stay in France, or return to his native Vietnam. To make this decision, Binh starts to evaluate the past. First,
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