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Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy) Paperback – May 20, 2014
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—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.”
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Rachel and Nick have been dating for a while and this summer he wants to take her to his home in Singapore for a friend’s wedding and to meet his family. While they think nothing of spending the summer traveling together, his family, who are “crazy rich” (seriously ridiculously rich) are worried that Nick is going to propose to someone who they have not vetted and is not from a “good” family.
I started this book thinking it would be about a ton of stereotypes blah blah blah. And that it would be a fluff read – it would take me just a few days to get through a beach read. Alas, I was wrong, but in a good way. I was totally entertained and wanted to read more for multiple reasons. One, Kwan describes some of the houses/treasures of the homes so well that I could imagine just how they looked and it was amazing to be able to see this almost panoramic view of these people’s homes. Two, the characters were well written and entertaining. The only thing I had trouble with was keeping track of who all was who (and thus the family tree in the beginning of the book that I referred back to often once I had “met” so many people).
I’m currently waiting for the next book (China Rich Girlfriend) to be available from my library. I totally wanted to roll right into book 2 but I’ll have to wait a bit.
This book is accurately titled. The characters in this book are ridiculously rich and they are just as ridiculously crazy. I read this as part of the #bigbookbuddyread on Instagram and we've been having a great time discussing topics that relate to our everyday lives!
Rachel Chu is a successful woman in New York. She has a great education and she is in finance. She's also dating Nick Young who is also a successful guy in New York. Nick's family lives in Singapore and he decides now is the summer to take Rachel there to finally meet his family, plus it's his best friends wedding. He doesn't tell her anything, which may be a big mistake on his part or is it?
They arrive in Singapore and Rachel is in for a big surprise. His family is filthy rich (i'm talking billions of dollars in wealth) and she had no idea. The story goes through Rachel's journey over the few weeks they are there and she is one tough cookie. Everything and everyone there only cares about status and family names. Rachel is an outsider so you can guess how they feel about her. Family members and friends put Rachel through the ringer and just when you think she may give up she learns a big family secret that changes her entire outlook.
This book and it's characters are so extra (that's the term kids are using these days, right?!) They are so overdramatic and ridiculous that it makes this story that much juicier. I'm personally a reality TV junkie so the more drama and over the top the better. That is probably one of the reasons why I did enjoy this story. I also loved it because I enjoy hearing stories about people standing up for who they are and being proud of where they come from which is what Rachel does.
Are you going to get a ton of depth and long burning questions out of this novel? No. But you will definitely get some entertainment! I also enjoy the secret story that the author put in at the end (you'll have to read to find out!). It really ties everything together and was a nice change from all the brutality that Rachel faced.
It's true what they say, money changes people and I'll tell you that regardless of how much money they offered me I wouldn't want to be part of the Young's, I'll just continue reading about them instead. There are 2 other books in this series and I plan to read both of them! I need to find out what happens with Rachel and Nick and their families!
Oh! And the movie for this is coming out in August and I hope it sticks close to the book. I will be going to see it in theaters!
Top international reviews
Genau genommen ist der Reichtum nicht nur das zentrale Thema, es ist das einzige. Ein sehr großer Teil der rund 500 Seiten besteht aus Beschreibungen von Luxusgütern aller Art: riesige Anwesen, Kunstwerke, Schmuck, Restaurants, Designerklamotten – alles vom Feinsten und Teuersten (etwa Designeroben für mehrere hunderttausend Euro), alles en détail beschrieben. Offenbar wollte der Autor von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite kontinuierlich demonstrieren, dass seine Figuren nicht nur extrem wohlhabend, sondern unfassbar, jenseits von Gut und Böse, reich sind. Eben 'crazy rich'. Das hat man allerdings relativ schnell begriffen, so dass das ständige Widerkäuen ziemlich schnell ziemlich langweilig wird. Ich zumindest habe die Lektüre als ausgesprochen zäh empfunden. Damit gehöre ich aber wohl eher zu einer Minderheit - das Buch war/ist immerhin ein weltweiter Bestseller; offenbar gibt es also viele Leser, die sich brennend dafür interessieren, wie man als Superreicher so lebt.
Bevor ich mir das Buch bestellt habe, habe ich einiges darüber gelesen. Erwartet habe ich danach einen relativ anspruchslosen, aber doch sehr unterhaltsamen Roman, eine gute Wahl für den Sommerurlaub. Auf Goodreads etwa findet man in den Bewertungen regelmäßig Begriffe wie "laugh-out-loud funny", "hilarious" etc. Im Nachhinein frage ich mich, ob ich das gleiche Buch gelesen habe. Die Passagen, über die ich schmunzeln konnte, waren rar (so spontan fallen mir im Moment genau… äh… null ein). Lauthals lachen musste ich kein einziges Mal, der Unterhaltungswert war für mich sehr überschaubar. Neben der dünnen Story auf Seifenopernniveau bekommt man eine Reihe eindimensionaler Charaktere und hölzerner Dialoge – keine wirklich attraktive Mischung. Immerhin habe ich etwas über Singapur und Umgebung gelernt, und die Beschreibung der kulinarischen Köstlichkeiten haben beim Lesen Appetit gemacht.
Der Schluss ist wie gemacht für die mittlerweile erschienenen Fortsetzungen. Werden Rachel und Nicky heiraten? Wird Eleanor zur Hochzeit kommen? Wird die Hochzeit mehr als die 40 Millionen Dollar kosten, die Colin und Araminta für ihre verbraten haben? Und vor allem: Von welchem Designer wird Rachels Hochzeitskleid exklusiv kreiert werden und wie wird es aussehen? Fragen über Fragen, die die Welt (nicht wirklich) bewegen.... und deren Antwort ich wohl nie erfahren werde, denn die Folgebände spare ich mir. "Crazy Rich Asians" hat mir einfach zu wenig gefallen und mich zu sehr gelangweilt.
I lost track of all the characters because there was so damn many of them. It's an overlong book and needed editing.
As someone who loves Malaysia and it's history and food, and having spent my summers there as a child, the author even managed to make this wonderful place vapid, shallow and boring.
If I ever find myself at a loose end, I **might** watch the movie only after I have found less dull things to do like regrout my bathroom and cut my lawn using nail scissors.
It is a story of wealth and privilege to another level. I am not of the Jackie Collins era - therefore cannot really compare. However it was an interesting read - it shows the Asian obsession with lineage, family and image. Coming from a non-Chinese Asian background I found that I could relate to much of how the parents reacted re marriage and relationships including how important the family background is of a future spouse.
But the obscene level of wealth was an eye opener - rather than perhaps in the UK being discrete about it the Chinese had no qualms about flaunting it. It was interesting the way there was a social pecking order between the Singapore, Hong Kong and the China-originated Chinese.
The humour was entertaining and together with all the plot twists and the ups and downs made it a page turner.
The footnotes were helpful to explain the abbreviations and the local terms but at times it did interrupt and distract the flow. However I will be sure to insert some of these terms in conservations with friends :-)
I would highly recommend it as a holiday read (I took it on a long haul flight).
First off, you are going to just love this book. It's a great read, a great story, very funny and close enough to reality, as anyone in that part of the world knows, to be credible. Buy it because it's great fun. Buy it also to be part of a cultural event - the day the world woke up to fact that all that wealth - the planes, the yachts, the 7 star hotels, the LIFESTYLE - is funded by a mountain of debt, borrowed in questionable jurisdictions (with China at the top of the list) by well-connected opportunists against assets that have less value than they appear. It's a dream - and, unfortunately, it's over.
The chapters are split in to different points of view, but the main characters are Rachel and Nick, a young couple in love and living together (as equals) in NYC. Throughout, we learn about both of their heritages as well as learning a little bit about the culture of Singapore and the ‘mainland’ Chinese. Not forgetting the ‘ABC’ – American Born Chinese. This book was certainly an education.
Rachel is from a modest background living only with her Mum, while Nick is from a rather privileged background… one which causes a lot of drama between the happy couple who travel to Singapore for a wedding and simple holiday together. There are hilarious, unimaginable conversations and actions from Nick’s female relatives which seems bizarre to a normal ‘westerner’ which made this book all the more fascinating.
There is a lot to take in when reading this book, so don’t pick it up unless it has your full attention. I’ll admit, I occasionally got lost in a sea of names and locations. I couldn’t always keep up with it…
I did not realise this book was a series so I will hopefully be reading ‘Crazy Rich Girlfriend’ very soon! It has been added to the list 🙂
This is very clearly a satire mixed with comedy of manners. I found it delightful. I gained an extra appreciation on learning that Kevin Kwan had grown up in Singapore and that this novel was based on his observations and memories related by his father.
Enjoyed very much and moved onto its sequel immediately.