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Crazy Rich Asians Paperback – May 20, 2014
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“A dizzily shopaholic comedy. . . . Wickedly delectable. . . . Offers refreshing nouveau voyeurism to readers who long ago burned out on American and English aspirational fantasies. . . . Hilarious.”
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“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.”
“There’s rich, there’s filthy rich, and then there’s crazy rich. . . . A Pride and Prejudice-like send-up.”
“If this isn’t the funniest book so far this year, it’s up there. . . . Kwan, who grew up in Singapore, skewers his subjects deftly, stylishly, and completely—but with heart.”
—The Denver Post
“Deliciously decadent. . . . This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun. . . . [Read] Crazy Rich Asians, on an exotic beach in super-expensive sunglasses.”
“An unputdownably funny, original, modern novel. . . . I actually couldn't put this book down to eat or to watch Downton Abbey.”
—Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes
“Rachel’s squeaky-clean naiveté is a clever foil to the intricate workings of the high-glamour Asian set around her. Chinese on the outside but all-American on the inside, she allows us to see the myriad nuances of intra-Asian culture that the novel goes to great lengths to show.”
—Tash Aw, NPR
“Rollicking. . . . A lively, generous story of shallow extravagance and human devotion.”
—The Boston Globe
“Original and fun, Crazy Rich Asians is quite a roller coaster trip. I loved it!”
—Jackie Collins, author of The Power Trip
“Delightfully soapy. . . . [Crazy Rich Asians] 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.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“As spicily adventurous and lusciously satisfying as the renowned Singaporean street food Kevin Kwan’s characters argue over; hot and sizzling, like the best satay, and dreamily transporting, like everyone's favorite dessert—goreng pisang. Feast on this outrageously funny and insightful novel of modern manners, and enjoy!”
—Lisa See, author of Dreams of Joy and Shanghai Girls
“[An] instant favorite. . . . Opulence and zaniness reign.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Like Dynasty on steroids with more private jets, bigger houses, and a lot more money.”
“Kevin Kwan gets it right in his debut novel steeped in love and dripping with money."
“Both a deliciously satiric read and a Fodor’s of sorts to the world of Singapore’s fabulously moneyed, both new and old.”
—The Daily News
“Jane Austen, or maybe Edith Wharton, goes to Singapore, turning in this lively, entertaining novel of manners.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Mordantly funny. . . . [A] winning summer satire.”
“A juicy, close anthropological read of Singapore high society.”
“Shrewd, funny, sexy. . . . At once a love story and a potent combination of vintage Jackie Collins and early Evelyn Waugh.”
—Michael Korda, author of Charmed Lives
“A witty tongue-in-cheek frolic about what it means to be from really old money and what it's like to be crazy rich.”
—Publishers Weekly, Pick of the Week
About the Author
Kevin Kwan is the author of the international bestsellers Crazy Rich Asians, soon to be a major motion picture, and China Rich Girlfriend. Born in Singapore, he has called New York’s West Village home since 1995. For the latest news and information, please visit:
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The level of wealth he depicts is unfathomable, and several of the characters are people I would never want to meet in my life... ;-)
However, I enjoyed reading this book, and I already started his second book "Rich China Girl".
Definitely a fun summer read.
Maybe it's because I have already seen dramas similar to Crazy Rich Asians in Asian television and movie dramas. I know that one of the things that irked me was reading about the Filipino nanny because as a Filipino, I HATE when we're used as accessories to "prove" that somebody has status and wealth in the world. (I also know that later on in the book series, Astrid goes to the Philippines for self-reflection so maybe Mr. Kwan did not intentionally want to depict Filipinos in what I felt was derogatory) Whatever the case may be, I was underwhelmed with the story.
Yes he writes about a very glamorous lifestyle with very wealthy people involved. Yes he set it in locations that Westerners would consider "exotic" in their eyes. None of this excited me.
I still rated it four stars because I want to support my fellow Southeast Asian in selling more books and stories into the world. It isn't a TERRIBLE story, and if you haven't been exposed to affluent Asians then this might open up a new world for your consciousness. I was just underwhelmed with it.
Sidenote: I know that the Crazy Rich Asians movie will have Filipino actors in it so I am now sure that Mr. Kwan doesn't look down on Filipinos as simply being nannies in the Asian economic ecosystem. I just get bothered when we're mentioned as such in stories (this isn't the first book I read where Filipinos are mentioned as nannies or maids) because I feel like we're more than just accessories to the rich people in this world. There are crazy rich Filipinos too..
Short Summary: Rachel Chu is invited by her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, to his hometown of Singapore to attend his childhood best friend’s wedding of the century. Nicholas’ extensive family enters the picture and all Rachel’s plans for a chill summer vacation go to hell.
Review: One of the reasons I think I like this book so much is that I love the “middle class person is exposed to high society life” trope pretty much in every book or movie - unless it is overdone or rings false. I wonder if this is also true of many people, whom like me grew up lower middle class. We know that rich people have the same problems as us; that as a million fables have taughts us, money can’t buy happiness. But it’s always fun to have this socioeconomic immersion.
Even if this book wasn’t so glamorous, name-dropping everything from the top, private, Christian, elementary schools in Singapore to special edition Birkin bags, the writing is top notch. Not only does Kwan deliver on his wry observations, but he is witty and shrewd. Flip open the book and turn to one of his footnotes - no matter the chapter I’m sure it’ll either give you a laugh or provide you with some insight on Southeast Asian culture.
I think this is a great book to read when you’re more busy, because it’s easy to remember the details, yet each time you pick it back up your sucked right into the story. I already own the sequel and am looking forward to reading it once I get through some other TBR books.
"Crazy Rich Asians." I had to get this book based on their recommendations. Without giving away too much, this is a fun look into the super rich Singaporians and their eccentric ways. I laughed my way through and when I heard it was being made into a movie I knew I would have to go see it.
NOTE: Do NOT skip the footnotes on each of the pages, they bring a little more understanding and a lot more laughs!