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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.
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