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Crazy Rich Asians Paperback – May 20, 2014
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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
“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
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The storyline sets in today's time, between New York and South East Asia.It describes the lives, culture and interwoven relationships of, as the title say, some crazy rich Asians (Side Note: I don't think the title only refers –crazy-to being excessively rich, but also as being “disorderly crazy”, which make it super funny!).
The narrative begins when Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer with his boyfriend and his family (who she has never met before) in South East Asia. She would have never thought what she was about to experience. Thinking Nicholas Young was part of a modest Chinese family instead of one of the wealthiest families in Asia. Here is where all the good stuff begins.
It was super entertaining, like watching something in between a soup opera, a chick flick and a reality show. I really enjoyed it a lot.
I didn’t like that it was told from the perspective of too many different characters. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate when the stories are narrated from different points of view, I think it gives the reader a fuller plot insight; but in this case, there were too many trying to do it, which created more sideline stories that I don't think had something to do with the story. I would have liked it to have more inside perspectives of the characters, but at the same time,I get the whole story does not have to do with anything other than luxury, abundance and extravaganza.
What I liked the best was all the descriptions of the Asian places and food. I could actually feel I was really there and it made me want to go someday. As I said before, the Asian culture and perspective was captured all the way in the entire book.
In other words, I totally recommend it. It was enjoyable, super entertaining and lighthearted.
-“… I have no idea who these people are but I can tell you one thing- these people are richer than God.”
-“ Let China sleep for when she awakens she will shake the world” (Napoleon Bonaparte)
-“ I did not tell half of what I saw, for no one would have believed me” (Marco Polo)
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.