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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 Dec. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G4UTJU2
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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).
The story gallops along, with the expected twists and turns that come with a novel stuffed with obscene wealth, pretentious antagonists and romantic protagonists. Kevin Kwan flaunts his knowledge of Singaporean history and cuisine, littering the story with authentic references to Asian culture and society.
There are a LOT of * ^ ~ and so on in the form of footnotes, explaining the Asian terms (mostly the pidgeon terms and culinary specialities) which is in turns helpful and distracting. It reached the point where I didn't care what the word meant, I found myself skipping over it and ignoring the footnotes sometimes! It's worth reading them, though, as not only are they informative but they're often humorous.
The characters are likeable and loathable, the world they inherit is fascinating and scandalous in a very Jackie Collins-esque way, and this is an enjoyable read from start to finish. The only thing is I felt reluctant to take it on holiday, as the title of the book seemed a bit 'in your face' and it could've been misinterpreted ;-)
To be honest, it can make you feel uncomfortable and, even for someone from the affluent west, it makes you feel closer to the poor than to the rich.
The book itself is funny - I know a few Chinese people well and there were aspects of their character or things they've told me that ring very true here.
I also like the fact that the book is just different - it's light and frothy but in a way you won't find in British or American novels. Similar themes but set in a world that, if you don't know it, will intrigue you and if you do know it, then you'll read with a knowing smile on your face.
There is some of that, but what the book also has is a marvellously witty storyteller in Kevin Kwan. The book has quite a few laugh-out-loud moments and lots of wry smiles. I've never visited the Far East but I found all the characters fascinating, from the fabulously rich Singapore matriarchs controlling vast fortunes to down to earth Peik Lin, the best friend of Rachel, one of the two central characters,
Yes, the characters do seem to tap into stereotypes, but that doesn't harm the playful but pithy romp of a story as Rachel faces the challenge of finding that her history professor New York Chinese boyfriend Nicholas is a member of one of the wealthiest families in Asia... and therefore the world. Will their relationship survive the pressures of disapproving family and jealous women who see themselves as more worthy of Nicholas' attention?
Author Kevin Kwan has stated that he had to tone down reality for the book; some of the excesses of Singapore Chinese wedding parties are literally almost beyond belief. Within the story, the world price of roses takes a sharp hike upwards when supplies are redirected towards the East for a wedding, an heiress regularly buys dresses costing a quarter of a million pounds.
In summary It's a lighthearted, humorous read and written by an insider, one of the more informed and intelligent chick-lit books on the market.
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