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A blend of subtle and broad strokes creating a richly textured prose in a unique and compelling novel.
Also, I'm tired of writers who tell their stories too damned coyly: hints are given in drips and drabs as to very important things in the character's background.
Again, like Ishiguro's books, you come out at the other end feeling a bit hazy, not quite sure what to make of it.
I read this book in awe. The writing is so elegant, so beautiful, and the story is so deeply engaging, tragic and moving. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Ada Ardor
Powerfully written with shifts between clear prose and profound poetry this book is a feat. The use of the I-narrator is one of the best I have read. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jon Albert
I am a Korean-born, and my parents used to own a grocery store just like the protagonist in the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by julie
Having read "A Gesture Life," and more recently "On a Full Sea," I have witnessed Chang-rae Lee's growth as a writer. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Suzanne
I learned a great deal about the world views of Korean-Americans, but unfortunately, that didn't make the book very interesting. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Foreman
Lee's prose is remarkable, stunning, precise.
His insight to the immigrant experience is heartbreaking, intimate and simultaneously detached; he has struck the... Read more
This book reads like a poem. The language is beautiful. In fact, some sentences I read over and over, savoring the artistry of the words. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jana McBurney-Lin
He is an incredible writer that I discovered just recently. I read A Gesture Life first by Chang-rae Lee, and was overwhelmed at the quality of his writing. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Debra Flieg