By the way, I loved the movie, but I would advise you to read the book before renting or buying the movie. The author could have been funny and satirical about the spoiled brat nature in those communities and made it like Patrick Bateman in American Psycho and his morning routine or emotional breakdown over his business cards but instead it was just as if I read the diary entry of a Kardashian which left me with a bad taste in my mouth. An honest-to-goodness usually happy ending. There are also really well written characters. Aside from this, the narration was great and I would recommend the audio version. Plus, this book is so light on actual plot that they could probably condense it down to ninety minutes and wouldn't lose much. Felicity peered at the balding, red-faced man, the situation suddenly becoming abundantly clear.
There are some laugh out loud moments. The language is authentic, which required some footnotes the author graciously provided. On Nick's arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers. Why would I do that? Crazy Rich Asians like the title suggests is about crazy rich Asians. Strike 4: People have described this as an amazing, hilarious satire. So, this series must be pretty popular!! At least the wealthy, jet set, maniacal family culture of the crazy rich.
Then a chance accident reveals his identity. There ain't much more to say. I'm also really excited to see this movie because I think this story is much more suited to a visual format - if we can just see the exotic, luxurious locations, that's better than having to sit through Kwan's dull descriptions. Too many books too little time to read about rich people problems which I think is the title of his last novel at least he's nailing it on titles. I found it ridiculous that Nick and Rachel could have dated for years without her finding out about his background, but this is chick lit and so I willingly suspended disbelief and just let myself get carried along into the world of chili crab and nasi lemak. Its influence has expanded beyond the publishing world, as even the movie industry has latched onto this new empowered narrative with the upcoming film.
The people,e of Kwan's book disappear when they aren't on the page you are reading. I could overlook the dull main characters, the hints of family drama and maneuvering that never went anywhere, the randomly dropped storylines … all of that, I could forgive because, hey, at the end of the day, Crazy Rich Asians is mindless fluff and thinking is contraindicated when reading mindless fluff. Yes, I gave in to the hype. I remember being intrigued when it was first published; I had my own adventure in Singapore in 2004, which peaked my interest even more but, for whatever reason, it took the film adaptation being released to finally convince me to read it before seeing the movie. Although I'm unsure why the following two audible books in the series have a different narrator? But the Crazy Rich Asians family tree is kind of catty and fun, so I decided to keep an open mind.
It was a good sleep aid - put me to sleep in a few minutes almost every night! It lacked the humor of the movie, the stunning visual effects of the movie, and the wow-factor of the movie. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book; even though I really loved the movie. The novel tried to be a drama, mixed with romance, mixed with history, and then landed on nothing. I'm pretty sure Asians feel about this book as Caucasians feel about Gossip Girl. The female characters were all so competitive and judgmental of each other. It is entertainingly written, with helpful footnotes to help with some of the language and cultural references.
They have their fingers in all the pineapple pies, and want nothing to do at all with Rachel, the gold-digging interloper in their minds. The style of the book really didn't work for me. Each chapter begins with a description of what character point of views will be followed but throughout the chapter, but it changes frequently with no distinction. Kwan's novel is full of heroes, heroines, and wickedly evil villains that will keep readers hooked from start to finish. Which couples will get to live happily ever after? When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry.
Maas , so when I read something like this and say it's awesome, please know that I have absolutely no reason to lie. In fact, some of the negatives are in the positives. Nick works as a history professor in the States. Ormsby peered at her in surprise. This is a world where women get together for Bible study to trade stock tips and compare their latest jewelry purchases, where Nick's cousin takes a trip to Paris every year to buy herself a new couture wardrobe, and a bachelorette weekend involves jetting off to a private island in Indonesia owned by the bride's mother. The thing I least enjoyed was the constant cattiness of the women.
While it did feel a bit long for a fluffy read, it was kind of nice having a book on the side that I could pick up and put down as I felt lead; truly the perfect read to fill in between the gaps of heavier and darker stories. Trophy shopping, wonderful descriptions of food, insights into the mindsets of Asian parents, the real estate market in Singapore. I was enjoying this book. The cast seems enormous, but there is a sharper focus on Nick and Astrid and their relationship woes. Kwan's writing is clear and breezy and skips along very well, and in the end I was left feeling like Rachel must have when she was plunked into this whirlwind world - amazed, dizzyfied, enlightened. It lacked the humor of the movie, the stunning visual effects of th The movie version of Crazy Rich Asians was so good it gave me chills. No idea who they're getting to play Nick, but he'd better be just oozing charisma, because Book Nick is basically a cardboard cutout that character tote around and prop up during scenes.
Also Nick's grandmother lives in an estate that's hidden even on Google maps where she's waited on by two lady's maids and protected by armed guards. I felt like I was reading a soap opera, and soap operas aren't my thing. Eleanor Young—Lancaster Suite for four nights. I did not expect to be as invested as I was! When it comes down to it, the lesson learned is that every parent wants their child to be set up for success in the best possible way, even though the method may seem maddening. Cultural specificity, like the Confucian dynamics of a mother—daughter-in-law relationship, is not a barrier to entry; despite varying traditions across the world our underlying human desires remain the same. Gentrification has shown us that typically as more money enters a cultural space, less of the original culture remains, like my city, Los Angeles, where ethnic families move further east as hipsters take over.