- File Size: 2335 KB
- Print Length: 306 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HQSO5SW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
As the story progresses, it reveals a troubled past where a smart, resourceful child is forced to navigate unfortunate circumstances brought about by misfortune, deceit, and cross-cultural mishap. First generation Chinese compatriots will recognize many elements of her experience, most painful and some comforting, skillfully relayed with a measure of poignancy and dark humor--one cannot help but feel some glee at her critical descriptions of snooty relatives. The reader begins to empathize with the girl and understand the person she becomes as she transitions into her adult life.
I found the narrator surprisingly sympathetic, and I really enjoyed the tension between her attempt to be honest to her future child, and her desire to justify her choices. She is sometimes painfully honest with herself, about her flaws and the flaws of the people around her. By the end of the book, the narrator's inexplicable decision makes a good deal more sense, even if I could have wished different choices on her.
Among the highlights of the book are the details of the narrator's Chinese background, and a detailed (and sometimes snarky) portrayal of the peculiarities of her family and friends, none of whom are the kind of family I would wish on anyone. The supporting characters are all well-written and extremely engaging, whether that makes you want to punch them or hug them. I was engrossed the whole way through, and found myself drawn into rereading several dozen pages again just now, while trying to look up the narrator's name for this review! I highly recommend it as a moving, engaging character study.
The author, Marie Chow, is a talented and unwavering writer. I've never read something so powerful. The book will hit you like a brick wall yet you won't be able to put it down. Unwell simply can not be categorized. However, it still manages to stand out as a game-changing piece of literary fiction. This body of work successfully integrates powerful social commentary, individual decision-making in high-risk circumstances, and cultural commentary in a masterful way. Take heed, and pause, but do not hesitate to read Unwell by Marie Chow.
The first short chapter is a sign post to the ending. In the second chapter the narrator engages in introspection and some biographical narrative. It’s engaging stuff, yet he’s not sure this book will be his cup of tea. As he continues to read he is drawn deeper and deeper into the woman’s world. He begins to care about her feelings, her disappointments, her goals, her relationships, and yes even her mother. He relishes her successes, share her slices of joy, and begins to hope that he’s mistaken about what he thinks will be the story’s inevitable conclusion , that he’ll be relieved by an unexpected turn of events on the last pages.
Unwell is an intense, incredibly realistic book, narrated in the first person by a woman who shares all of the intimate details of her life with the reader, her highs, her lows, and her ultimate destructive despair. The reader never does learn the woman’s name, a woman with friends, families, and lovers - immersed in a complicated world of events yet feeling detached and alone, a woman who yearns for the quiet darkness of anonymity.
This reviewer thoroughly enjoyed the experience of reading Unwell, an exploration of one woman’s soul creatively written with elements of humor, suspense, and controlled drama by Marie Chow.
He might even decide to view Fried Green Tomatoes some day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was great. Fast read and kept my attention from beginning to end! I would definitely recommend this book, especially to anyone that has struggled with mental illness.Published 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
The book kept my attention the whole time. What a sad life she lived and could never find happiness. Not an uplifting read but worth the timePublished 25 days ago by Sam
I feel like I wasted my time reading this book. It leaves way too many unanswered questions. I would not recommend this book to others.Published 1 month ago by JLONG
I was very disappointed in the ending!
Left me hanging! Well written but I want to know what the main character did and who was her husband!
The characters and even the narrator in Unwell are just detailed enough to make this a good read. There aren't many breaks so putting the book down for too long could be... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Melonie Morgan
Although parts of this book were difficult to read (due to emotional content), I really enjoyed this novel. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dee
"Unwell" is a letter from an Asian woman to her unborn child chronicling the events that led her to present day. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Reads4fun
The quick brown Fox jumped over the lazy dog. Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many peppers did Peter piper puck. She sells seashells by the sea shore. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
So, I guess I'll just say that this was a hard to put down book, but I guess I'm lucky in that I couldn't relate to it very well. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
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