crazy rich asiansFirst off, how would you feel carrying around a thick hardcover in metallic gold and hot pink?  I confess I felt a little awkward when I had it with  me in public.  Maybe it's meant to be ironic? I read Crazy Rich Asians because I'd heard it described as a "hilarious" and "outrageously funny satire."  The book follows the travels of an uber-wealthy Singaporean and his middle class American-born Chinese girlfriend.  The soap opera, the social hierarchy, the gossipy backbiting -- this is a summer page-turner if ever there was one.  (Though, really, I can't go all the way to hilarious.)  Since you know I'm a slow reader, to say I polished it off in under a week is almost all the recommendation you need. Footnotes abound, and since the author is a native of Singapore himself, all the extra info feels authentic.  (I especially enjoyed his commentary on the elite primary schools.  And the Hokkien swear words!)  And don't get me started on the food.  I dare you to read this and not have a jones for satay or traditional Singaporean desserts. I've also read that Kwan had to "tone down" the behavior of the super-rich for the characters in his book.  (I do love to read about reading!) As someone who really has never been all that fascinated by the mega-wealthy, the descriptions of the posh lifestyle were tedious for me.  The plot isn't all that great, and most of the characters are flat & forgettable.  But if you have a few hours, a beach, and this book, you're good to go. So back to that cover.  Yes, it's intentionally tacky.  But irony is a bit of a stretch.
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5 Responses to Wednesday Book Club: Crazy Rich Asians.

  1. Kate says:

    The cover cracks me up – I might need to add this to my list of books to listen to in the car. It sounds like a fun read!

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