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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804127646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804127646
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Kwan’s debut is a scintillating fictional look into the opulent lives of fabulously wealthy Chinese expats living in Singapore. Economics professor Rachel Chu has no idea what she’s in for when her handsome boyfriend, Nicholas Young, invites her to join him at his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Rachel is excited to meet Nick’s friends and family, but he fails to warn her about the social minefield she’s about to cross. Nick’s mother, Eleanor, jets off to Shenzhen to investigate Rachel’s background, while friends and family gossip openly about her at a gathering hosted by Nick’s grandmother. When Rachel is invited to the bride’s bachelorette party—which includes a ride on a private jet and a stay at a luxury hotel—it becomes clear that these are young women with designs on Nick who will do just about anything to scare Rachel off. From its delightful opening scene onward, this sleek social satire offers up more than a few hilarious moments as it skewers the crafty, rich schemers who populate its pages. --Kristine Huntley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"A dizzily shopaholic comedy of crass manners . . . Crazy Rich Asians offers refreshing nouveau voyeurism to readers who long ago burned out on American and English aspirational fantasies. Mr. Kwan either knows, or does a good job of pretending to know, how the very rich of Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai show off their lucre . . . Hilarious . . . This book name-drops about many different Asian cultures and mixes rude slang from Malay and the Cantonese and Hokkien dialects of Chinese . . . Mr. Kwan makes the most of them . . . A grand tour of a humorously grandiose and showoffy world. Mr. Kwan knows how to deliver guilty pleasures. He keeps the repartee nicely outrageous, the excess wretched and the details wickedly delectable."
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Kwan’s rollicking, often-riotous debut novel, Crazy Rich Asians, reads like a behind-the-scenes primer of the rising über-elite of the ever-powerful Asian world . . . . the reader is given an intimate window into the spending and investing patterns, and burgeoning and crumbling relationships of this upper echelon of extraordinary wealth . . . an entertaining, engrossing novel . . . a lively, generous story of shallow extravagance and human devotion.”
—S. Kirk Walsh, The Boston Globe
 
“Crazy Rich Asians has all the plot and color of a tabloid mag, set in Asia. This means that front doors are cathedral sized, millions are now billions and shopping is, as one character puts it, ‘Fifth Avenue on steroids’ . . . Put on your designer shades, stuff an umbrella into your drink, and lose yourself in the antics of people who cheat on their husbands with secret overseas shopping trips. By the time you've finished you should have a rich, golden tan.”
—Emma Keller, The Guardian (UK)
 
“A debut novel that sheds light on the gilded world of Asian wealth and shopping culture that most Westerners only catch glimpses of.”
—Sarah Hampson, The Globe and Mail (Canada)

“Deliciously decadent . . . Rachel, an American-born Chinese (ABC), has no idea what to expect when she visits Singapore to meet her boyfriend Nick’s multibillionaire family. There, she discovers mind-blowing opulence--next season’s couture, palatial properties, million-dollar shopping sprees--and the over-the-top bad behavior that comes with it . . . This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun.”
—Stephan Lee, Entertainment Weekly
 
“There’s rich, there’s filthy rich, and then there’s crazy rich . . . A Pride and Prejudice-like send-up about an heir bringing his Chinese-American girlfriend home to meet his ancestor-obsessed family, the book hilariously skewers imperial splendor and the conniving antics of the Asians jet set.”
—People 

“When Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians has a mother in Singapore telling her girls to finish everything on their plates because ‘there are children starving in America,’ it’s O.K. to get the joke. There’s no need to dwell on what it really means. Crazy Rich Asians is this summer’s ‘Bergdorf Blondes,’ over-the-top funny and a novelty to boot. Mr. Kwan delivers nonstop hoots about a whole new breed of rich, vulgar, brand-name-dropping conspicuous consumers, with its own delicacies, curses, vices, stereotypes (‘I hope she’s not one of those Taiwanese tornadoes!’) and acronyms. According to Mr. Kwan, this crowd uses U.B.C., as the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is known, to mean ‘University of a Billion Chinese.’ How rich and vulgar are the Anglophile Asians of this debut novel? Rich enough to throw a diamond of more than 30 carats into a snowdrift and not look for it. So vulgar that a Cirque du Soleil troupe has to show up to convey that things have gotten crass. So steeped in wretched excess that one man boasts about the precise temperature his climate-controlled shoe closet should be.”
The New York Times Beach Reading Roundup

“Mr. Kwan’s delightfully soapy debut, [is] set in the glamorous beau monde of Singapore—‘the Switzerland of Asia’—with excursions to Paris, Hong Kong and a private Indonesian island . . . It’s through Rachel, the wide-eyed interloper, that we view the extravagances of this ‘secretive, rarefied circle of families . . .’ Mr. Kwan’s book eats its chiffon cake and has it too, simultaneously tut-tutting many of its characters for their vapid materialism while reveling in the milieu’s sybaritic excess . . . Mr. Kwan skillfully engineers a good-natured story in which Rachel must overcome the schemes of Nicholas's disapproving mother.”
—Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
 
Crazy Rich Asians is like Dynasty on steroids with more private jets, bigger houses, and a lot more money. It is the very definition of a beach read. I finished it over a weekend and by the end was longing to see the ridiculously extravagant and over-the-top world that Mr. Kwan had created.... I predict this will be the 50 Shades of Grey of this summer.”
—Michael Carl, VanityFair.com 
 
Crazy Rich Asians is both a deliciously satiric read and a Fodor’s of sorts to the world of Singapore’s fabulously monied, both new and old.”
—Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News

“Kwan is a modern-day Jane Austen, never mind gender or ethnicity, because he is writing about the same human pride and prejudices that consumed Austen 200 years ago.  In this comedy of manners about star-crossed lovers fighting against class distinctions and family pressures, the comparison between the Bennets, Bingleys and Darcys of 18th-century England and the Chus, Leongs and Youngs of 21st-century Singapore is most appropriate . . . Kwan comes across as an Asian Tom Wolfe . . . easily transports captive readers from Sex and the City New York and to sensual Singapore, lush with flowers, savoury with food, luxurious with designer labels and glittering jewels.  But beneath all this is the cruel menace of old money and unyielding traditional family mandates that aim to prevent the characters from living life according to their own desires.”
—Christine Mazur, Winnipeg Free Press

“It’s impossible not to get sucked into this satirical novel about the jet-setting lives of an enormous busybody family and its infinite Louboutin collection.”
Glamour
 
"An entertaining and well-written book about the life of the Chinese super-rich, a new class who are keeping alive five-star hotels, restaurants and luxury shops around the world . . . The wealth of the book is in the detail—of the personalities, the places, the clothes and the colours of Singapore, Kwan's native place."
—Louise Rosario, South China Morning Post

“Read Kevin Kwan’s debut, Crazy Rich Asians, on an exotic beach in super-expensive sunglasses . . . [Rachel] encounters outré fashion, private jets, and a set of aristocratic values so antiquated they’d make the Dowager Countess proud.”
Entertainment Weekly Summer Roundup
 
“With his debut novel, [Kwan] delivers an uproarious, comical satire about a jet-set life that most of us can only imagine. It’s a page-turner that will leave you wanting more.”
—Claudia McNeilly, Hello! Magazine (Canada)

“Mordantly funny . . . In Kevin Kwan’s winning summer satire, Crazy Rich Asians, a young woman discovers her boyfriend belongs to a milieu of unimaginable splendor—and snobbery.”
—Vogue
 
"Deliciously decadent . . . Rachel, an American-born Chinese (ABC), has no idea what to expect when she visits Singapore to meet her boyfriend Nick's multibillionaire family. There, she discovers mind-blowing opulence--next season's couture, palatial properties, million-dollar shopping sprees--and the over-the-top bad behavior that comes with it . . . This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun."
—Stephan Lee, Entertainment Weekly
 
"There's rich, there's filthy rich, and then there's crazy rich . . . A Pride and Prejudice-like send-up about an heir bringing his Chinese-American girlfriend home to meet his ancestor-obsessed family, the book hilariously skewers imperial splendor and the conniving antics of the Asians jet set."
People 
 
"Crazy Rich Asians is like Dynasty on steroids with more private jets, bigger houses, and a lot more money. It is the very definition of a beach read. I finished it over a weekend and by the end was longing to see the ridiculously extravagant and over-the-top world that Mr. Kwan had created . . . I predict this will be the 50 Shades of Grey of this summer."
—Michael Carl, VanityFair.com 

“A juicy, close anthropological read of Singapore high society and its social and mating rituals . . . Kwan’s satirical portrayal rings so true, I fear he’ll need to bring a bodyguard next time he lands at Changi Airport. He gets the idiosyncratic details right: the market-savvy wives who day-trade and invest in poverty; . . . the encyclopedic fashion knowledge; the Bible-study get-togethers; the way the whole milieu is interrelated by blood or marriage. And he does a particularly good job of illustrating the divide . . . between mainland wealth and establishment money—an uneasy tension that is very real.”
—Janice Y. K. Lee, Elle

“Jane Austen, or maybe Edith Wharton, goes to Singapore, turning in this lively, entertaining novel of manners. . . . Kwan’s characters ar...

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Kevin Kwan was born in Singapore and currently lives in Manhattan. For more information, please visit Kevin at www.kevinkwanbooks.com






Customer Reviews

This book is great fun to read.
Cathleen H. Goforth
Characters were very one dimensional and the ending seemed like he just got tired of writing.
Alyce Nardi
Crazy Rich Asians is a fun novel.
Patto

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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 3, 2013
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Rachel Chu, a professor of Economics at NYU has no idea that her boyfriend Nick is the scion of an aristocratic Asian family and heir to a fabulous fortune. He invites her to spend the summer with him traveling around Asia, and this involves meeting his relatives and friends. Poor Rachel has no clue about the attack force awaiting her in Singapore - led by a crazy rich mother who will stop at nothing to prevent Nick's marriage to a penniless nobody.

That's the set-up. The setting is high society in Singapore, where the elite spend tens of thousands on their clothes and millions on their houses and apartments. At first I thought I wouldn't like this novel. It felt like a sitcom poking fun at rich people mired in conscious consumption, and not much more. But my advice is to stick with it, if you have that reaction. There is a story, and it's a good one, with lots of shocks and surprises in store for the reader.

There's a multitude of characters. Nick's circle is well stocked with loudmouth uncles, eccentric aunts, obnoxious cousins, complex friends, and nasty ex-girlfriends. Kevin Kwan portrays them like one who knows them first hand. I wonder if he does.

There's also an engaging subplot involving Nick's nice cousin, and some amusing peripheral dramas, giving the narration a satisfying complexity. I felt like a fly on the wall in a world of obscenely extravagant parties, private jets, exclusive designers and rare orchids. Kwan's background in celebrity journalism and design makes him good at describing over-the-top décor, to-die-for couture, and world-class gossips.

Crazy Rich Asians is a fun novel. I've never encountered anything quite like it, except maybe in Balzac.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By MalibuRamos on June 13, 2013
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WHY I ABSOLUTELY LOVED CRAZY RICH ASIANS. This is one of those novels that you read not only with your eyes. Rather, all of your senses become involved. This book allows you to almost smell and taste the food being enjoyed in nearly every chapter. To envision the opulent homes and locations the characters live in and visit. To imagine how the fabrics of the high fashions might feel on your body and, of course, to put yourself in the middle of Rachel, Nick, Astrid, Eddie and Eleanor's family predicaments. I learned a lot about a grandeur and couture that I will never experience in my own life, and I also thought about my own family's dynamics long after I had put the book down.

As I was reading the book I found myself casting the film in my head and hearing the voice of each character. That's always a good sign when I am reading. This novel reads cinematically, and I do hope someone options the film rights so I can see all these scenes come to life on a bigger screen than inside my head.

Buy this book and set aside some time. It is extremely difficult to put down once you pick it up.

My favorite fiction authors are Tennessee Williams, Plum Sykes, Pat Conroy, Emily Giffin, Anita Shreve, Gregg Hurwitz, and, if he keeps this up, Kevin Kwan!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Xina143 VINE VOICE on July 17, 2013
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Being half Asian I've heard stories of the wealthy Asians of the world-especially the division between "new money and old money." (I am neither!) So, I was excited to read this novel.

But author, Kevin Kwan, missed so many opportunities. The book isn't overly long-403 pages-but he simply tried to cram too much in here, and as a result I was left feeling force fed, and yet still hungry.

Nick is from THE family on 'the island' in Singapore, and yet he's in NYC trying to build something for himself with his beautiful, smart girlfriend Rachel. When his best friend decides to marry, Nick convinces Rachel to fly with him to Asia for the summer. And here is where you know things COULD get wild. The type of wealth Nick grew up with is simply beyond most people's comprehension. (MILLIONS of dollars on couture clothing every season) We know Rachel is in for the shock of her life, and yet just as I think we're going to experience how shell shocked Rachel really is, Kwan skips to the next chapter and along with that other characters.

Storylines are left dangling, and that leaves me wondering why I bothered to get invested in the characters in the first place? IF this is going to be a series, that's one thing, but I haven't been able to find any verification on that.

With all that being said, it's the ending that left me, well, annoyed. Here I am waiting for Rachel or Nick to lay into Nick's meddling family, one of the nasty girls that peppered the story..something....and then...nothing. The book ends on a somewhat happy note, but the characters that deserved a 'good talking to'...nothing.

As a reader, I was left high and dry, and after devoting myself to 400+ pages, I wanted a more concrete resolution.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jordana Casciano on June 25, 2013
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Ok, now I desperately want to visit Singapore! This was an easy read and a fascinating glimpse into Chinese culture. The perfect beach book. Twists and turns and a world unlike any other with interesting characters for you to love and despise.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MarvelousMarla VINE VOICE on June 13, 2013
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This book is a send-up of the lifestyle of the idle rich who live for conspicuous consumption and one-upmanship. The protagonist, like the others, is fantastically rich. I am talking generational wealth including vast property holdings, trust funds, private planes, etc. But unlike the others, Nick Young is a decent young man trying to live a relatively normal life away from his family. The drama kicks off when Nick invites his girlfriend Rachel to accompany him back home to wedding in Singapore, but he fails to tell her the truth about his family and social circle. Rachel does not come from a rich family, and she does not fit in at all.

We see poor Rachel try to navigate totally unfamiliar territory as she is forced into awkward situations with rich, petty females. The single girls are jealous of her, Nick's relatives - particularly his mother - are suspicious of her and the others are just downright contemptuous.

I enjoyed reading about the exploits of the fabulously wealthy - especially the vacations and the shopping sprees, but toward the end I was getting tired of how one-dimensional characters - excluding the main two- were being portrayed. Then again, this is to be expected from satire.

Overall, it was a fun quick book, and I did like it.
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