Borrowed this book from my sister a while back and hadn't finished reading it until recently. It's called "Dumb Luck" by Vu Trong Phung. The whole thing is a satire; very comical and clever. It's about a vagabond off the streets who, through unusual circumstances (more like stars aligning), finds his way to the upper classes... eventually saving Vietnam (sort of--gotta read it to know what I mean). He's vulgar, real and hilarious. Aside from his quirky story, the main character, Red-Haired Xuan, plays witness to upper classes fighting over the modern French colonial ways and Vietnamese traditions. The illogical ways of the so called "open-minded intellectuals" clash with the street-smarts of Xuan to create a magnificent story.
Mind you, this book was written in the 1930's and was banned by the Vietnamese government for 50 years. If the government doesn't want you to read something, it's probably good ;0)
I'm not sure how else to describe the book but it's definitely a good read if you have a chance. However, minor warning: don't read it though if you are easily offended.
Amazon Link: Dumb Luck by Vu Trong Phung
~ Lenne Penry