All Good Dragons Have Wonton for Breakfast Kindle Edition
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- File size : 1170 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 249 pages
- ASIN : B00K0QIIUS
- Publication date : April 28, 2014
- Publisher : Long Wong Charlie (April 28, 2014)
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,512,858 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The novel takes place in Houston, Texas. The characters are mostly Vietnamese-(although there is some ironic banter about cultural stereotypes!) however, the visual descriptions lend the feel of a film noir set in the smoky, side streets of a city like Paris, London, or New York. One can feel the unstable pavement beneath one's feet as one makes his way with the lead character--Binh--under starlight and streetlights. The people Binh cavort with, are not those usually found running carefree in the daylight.
Which brings me to the crux of the story; Binh's search to belong in a culture which places an inordinate amount of value on: wealth, physical appearance, career, family and present circumstance. I have read quite a few stories that have dealt with issue of cultural identity within the American landscape. Long Wong Charlie's novel does so in a way that grab's the reader by the sleeve, pulls him in, and won't let go until the last page. The writer's humorous examination of what at times could be a weighty subject is filled with delightfully flawed characters who provide an equal measure of comedy and drama. I found myself taking the characters very seriously because they were so well written, and yet, they gave me the surprising one-two comedic punch when I least expected it.
This is one dragon story that provides an equal measure of bite, wit and farce. I highly recommend!
All Good Dragons is a must-read. Charlie Wong certainly is a very promising writer, and this book is surely something you don't want to miss.
Binh is cursed, and that's all you need to know because Wong makes that concept his playground. Part slapstick, part biting social satire, All Good Dragons Have Wonton for Breakfast also has a lot to say about life as an immigrant, the importance of relationships, and that old chestnut, accepting who you are. But the author pulls that off with wit and charm, and a wild and memorable cast of characters who, like Binh, try and fail, and try again to find peace, love, and understanding in a charred American landscape. A good read that has plenty of surprises. I highly recommend this book.