What I’m Reading Wednesday

2 Jul

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It’s hard to imagine what life would be like as a billionaire. Or even a hundred thousands-aire.

Thanks to debut author Kevin Kwan’s life experiences and colorful imagination, I caught a glimpse of how the rich of the rich live in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

The title sums up the novel perfectly. The novel is about Asians who are crazy rich. Not just fly first class rich, but more like buying a hotel after being snubbed by the racist manager rich. Hard to imagine right?

Kwan’s story centers around Rachel Chu, a New Yorker who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s “traditional” Chinese family. She has no idea of the money and status her boyfriend Nick comes from. Kwan entertains his readers with 500-plus pages of satire rich in drama, high emotion and lots of dollar signs.

This novel will irritate you. It will make you mad. It will frustrate you. And through the theatrics you will be silently cheering for Rachel throughout, because frankly she’s the victim in a high-society so exclusive and ridiculous that’s it’s even hard to imagine it really exists.

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A character map to help you keep track!

Oh, but it does. Kwan’s story of fiction is based on his own personal and professional experiences growing up and visiting the areas of Asia and Europe he writes about. His colorful characters are unforgettable, but because there are so many characters in this novel you might just forget who is who. Luckily, a character map is included!

The good news for fans of “Crazy Rich Asians” is that the story doesn’t end at the end of this book. Kwan is already at work on the sequel and his debut novel received a film deal, so soon we’ll see the outlandish characters who only talk about money come to life! Maybe then it will be easier to imagine being a billionaire.

If you like satire and you’re curious about how the rich live, I highly recommend “Crazy Rich Asians.”

On an unrelated sidenote, I am a fan of Kwan’s vintage specs!

 

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