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Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy) Paperback – 20 May 2014
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“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.”
About the Author
Kevin Kwan is the author of the international bestsellers Crazy Rich Asians, soon to be a major motion picture, and China Rich Girlfriend. Born in Singapore, he has called New York’s West Village home since 1995. For the latest news and information, please visit:
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Trust me, it's the first time I have read an explosive-format story without getting impatient that I was being forced to hop from one subplot to another in between the main story.
Disclaimer: Those who think the Chinese are nothing like this in reality have either bought the western perception that Asia is a poor continent or belong to middle-class households who have never experienced the rich life.
I thought only Indians were obsessed with big fat weddings. Funny coincidence - I picked up Crazy Rich Asians, CRA hereon, when Priyanka Chopra was getting married to Nick Jonas in a madly written about wedding ceremony and was perusing its concluding chapters when the Indian biz tycoon Mukesh Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani's wedding was the talk of the globe. Well, geographically so, we're Asians too so these weddings count.
Anyway, pardon an Indian reader for not really grasping the sheer allure of the story. CRA is something we see all around us. Snobbery, prejudices, cruelty in the name of traditions, backbiting, jealousy, clannish behaviour that often takes on mob proportions and motivations, insensitivity towards an outsider, marriage as a contract-merger, it's all tame fare. Like eating samosas on the street. Like hot weather all year round. Like turning on the radio and finding Bollywood on every station. Like stardom and Shah Rukh Khan. There's absolutely no surprise factor there.
In India at least, you don't have to be a CRA in order to experience all that. Kevin Kwan's CRA was that tame, if you ask me.
Rachel Chu is invited by her CRA BF Nick (Nicholas) Young to his friend Colin Khoo's wedding to the super rich model Araminta Lee. Rachel finds a friend-sympathiser in Astrid, Nick's cousin, whose marriage - filthy rich girl married good-looking not that rich boy - is in trouble. Rachel is judged harshly by Nick's mother and grandmother and that's a typical Indian saas-bahu tale right there. I won't tell you how it ends.
All of this is pretty standard Asian fare - much like finding dimsums on an Asian menu. It's just that the women are dressed in labels we don't much hear about in the Western media.
Is it great writing that made this book a bestseller? I don't think so. I don't think it up to even Gone Girl standards... I think the only reason is that CRA has great timing.
It glides in very well when the Chinese clout is on a meteoric rise, especially in the West, particularly so in America. And Canada, if that counts as well. The book itself is a breezy read. Don't expect cultural insights unless you're the 25th-or something richest human on the planet... and then if you are, you certainly wouldn't care how the book describes the way of life of this tribe you belong to.
I'm not and even then all I can say is, nothing to see here. Human frailty and failing is unchanged by the amount in the bank account. That's probably the only thing to care about here.
Will I read the other 2 books in this series? Perhaps I will. It's at best a Roman Du Gare genre for me and as such, a breezy read.
Fun quotes I can relate to as an Indian and Crazy but absolutely not rich Asian:
"Twenty ways you can tell you have Asian parents. Number one on the list: Your parents never, ever call you "just to say hello"."
Um. And that's all.
1. Most of the book is a long catalog of things the Uber-rich buy, use & cherish. Most of us have not even heard the names (except the popular ones, which would be 5% of these) and do not care.Whom is the author trying to impress ? The Uber-rich described will not read this anyway- they will get a synopsis form their people.
2. The plot is really 19th century, rolled over to 21st. The willing suspension of disbelief is not there at all.
It is a racy read, and a good timepass if you don't have much to do.
Since I have gifted this to friend, I am yet to read it. But i hear its a very funny, well written light read.
Will post a book review once I've read it
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