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Help please - book I studied late eighties Vietnamese orphan

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by s10327, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. s10327

    s10327 Occasional commenter

    Couldn't decide where the best place to post this was. I remember when I was in pre-GCSE English in the mid to late eighties, we studied a shortish book about a family with a son (the narrator) who was into Verdi and liked his life. They adopted a Vietnamese orphan - it was set either just after or maybe during the Vietnam war. I most clearly remember a scene where the orphan has diarrhoea and the boy goes off crossly to get his parents - and sees them sat together sharing a glass of wine and giggling, so he does the cleaning up to spare them. I have a vague sense the author even visited us - but I can remember nothing else! If anyone can identify it, I'll be very grateful! Thank you.

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