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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.
If you like literature, this will work for you. If you want a plot-driven story, this will not ever work for you.Published 2 months ago by Pao C. Saechao
I rounded up on Stars. Really 2 1/2.
The book caught my attention - at the beginning, But by 87 pages (27%) in, I lost all care about the characters and the story was... Read more
as an ESOL teacher I found his description of how a non native speaker approaches speaking English fascinating. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ruth e. cohen
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 6 months 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 6 months 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 8 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 13 months ago by Suzanne