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Ticket to Childhood (Cho Tôi Xin Một Vé Về Tuổi Thơ) @ Youth Cultural House

Thanks to popular demand, "Ticket to Childhood" (Cho tôi xin một vé đi tuổi thơ), is being performed again at the Youth Cultural House on February 27, 2024.

On the surface, Nguyễn Nhật Ánh's popular novella is about the hilarious hijinks of a group of children whose imaginations and curiosity lead to silly situations. But as the LA Times Review of Books notes: "This is not a book strictly for children, either. Nguyen’s children are court jesters, able to question the norms of the adult world in ways that adults cannot."

Indeed, the book which has sold more than 500,000 copies in Vietnam and won awards from the Vietnamese Writers Association and the Vietnamese Publishing Association, is really aimed at adults who "once were children," Nguyễn Nhật Ánh explains. As Saigoneer noted in our review of the English translation the story can help "remind yourself of the pleasures of childhood and perhaps reassess some of the compromises you’ve made for the sake of becoming an adult."

Famed filmmaker and playwright Việt Linh brought the book to life via her script. She has proven particularly adept at crafting works with children taking important roles and this performance will highlight that talent.

 

27th February 2024

07:30PM

Youth Cultural House | 4 Pham Ngoc Thach, District 1, HCMC 

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