Crazy Rich Asians Hardcover – Jun 11 2013
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“Crazy Rich Asians offers refreshing nouveau voyeurism to readers who long ago burned out on American and English aspirational fantasies. . . . Mr. Kwan knows how to deliver guilty pleasures. He keeps the repartee nicely outrageous, the excess wretched and the details wickedly delectable.”
—The New York Times
“If you’re the sort who loves being swept away by jet-set stories of the fabulous life, complete with larger-than-life characters, fantastic fashion and plenty of intergenerational strife, Kevin Kwan’s satirical Crazy Rich Asians might deliver for you. It’s packed with the kind of outrageous, over-the-top imagery that’s bound to keep you on the edge of your beach blanket. Even the mighty Vogue magazine has deemed the debut novel ‘the summer’s splashiest read.’”
—Jeanne Beker, Toronto Star
“Both vivisection and valentine, it is the summer’s most sophisticated romp. . . . For full-stop fun, stop right here. . . . Everything about the book is big. . . . Crazy Rich Asians is an outrageous peephole into a world we mostly know from the pages of The Economist. . . . swimming in detail. . . . Crazy Rich Asians does succeed, indeed, as a snapshot of a culture and a time.”
“Singapore native Kevin Kwan’s debut plays out like an extravagant romcom. Get swept into a culture of Rolls-Royces and ruthless high society in this lively page-turner. Based loosely on Kwan’s family, it shows what a mess money can make of things.”
“Kwan's deliciously decadent debut, Crazy Rich Asians, works on two levels: It's about Asians who are crazy rich, and rich Asians who happen to be crazy. . . . This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun.”
“The English Manor house novel gets flipped on its head in Kevin Kwan’s hilarious take on the lavish culture of Asia’s jet set. . . . It’s been compared to ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Dynasty’, and called ‘Dallas’ meets Pride and Prejudice, but it stands on its own as a original and zany social satire.”
“Jane Austen, or maybe Edith Wharton, goes to Singapore, turning in this lively, entertaining novel of manners. You’ve got to like any novel set in Asia that includes, among many splendid one-liners, this amah’s admonition: ‘Don’t you know there are children starving in America?’ Of varying ethnicities but resolutely members of the 1 percent or aspiring, one way or another, to be so, Kwan’s characters are urban sophisticates par excellence, many of them familiar with the poshest districts of London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong. Many of them are also adrift, with soulless consumerism replacing society: It’s Less Than Zero without all the coke. . . . A diverse set of characters and a light, unstrained touch move Kwan’s story along. . . . An elegant comedy and an auspicious debut.”
—Kirkus (starred review)
“Merit[s] a place on the must-read list of every development exec in town . . . Aimed at Bridget Jones lovers and those who got the satire behind Psy’s Gangnam Style.”
—Andy Lewis, Hollywood Reporter
“High-quality first-time fiction . . . [An] instant favorite . . . Opulence and zaniness reign when one of Singapore’s richest bachelors invites his American-born girlfriend to travel from New York to vacation in his native country.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
"Crazy Rich Asians is an unputdownably funny, original, modern novel. An outrageous satire of the Asian squillionaire set, this book is like a Chinese Dallas meets Pride and Prejudice. The combination of gold homewares, couture, private jets, absurd social rules and snobbery is utterly hilarious. I actually couldn't put this book down to eat or to watch Downton Abbey."
—Plum Sykes, bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes
“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, bestselling author of Dreams of Joy and Shanghai Girls
"Crazy Rich Asians is a shrewd, funny, sexy look at the spoiled jet-setter children of the Asian super-rich. It is at once a love story and a potent combination of vintage Jackie Collins and early Evelyn Waugh, everything you wanted to know about young people who have more fun, style and money than is good for them, and don't care a bit. A stunning debut."
—Michael Korda, bestselling author of Charmed Lives and Queenie
“Original and fun, Crazy Rich Asians is quite a roller coaster trip. I loved it!”
—Jackie Collins, bestselling author of The Power Trip
“Kwan’s debut novel is a fun, over-the-top romp through the unbelievable world of the Asian jet set. . . . A witty tongue-in-cheek frolic about what it means to be from really old money and what it’s like to be crazy rich.”
“Oh, the things you’ll learn about the super-rich and the even richer in Singapore from this delicious novel.”
—New York Daily News
About the Author
Kevin Kwan was born and raised in Singapore. He currently lives in Manhattan. Crazy Rich Asians is his first novel.
Visit Kevin Kwan at www.kevinkwanbooks.com.
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A romp through Singapore with some very real characters who display and wear their quirky human behaviors on their sleeves and make no bones about it!
This is not deep literature but it's a great way to spend a summer afternoon immersed in a very funny book!
The narrative tone is light and easy to read. There's not a great plot, but then, this isn't mean to be hardcore literature. It's a fun read, and having visited many of the places mentioned in the book, and dealt with people similar to those described, it was perhaps more relevant to me than I thought it would be. The plot is simple enough, although insights into parts of the Asian culture are illustrative (and in a few cases explained some things I've seen), and brings to light how the culture functions.
Entertaining? Definitively. Informative? For sure. Fun to read? Yep. As a light, fun read this is a great example of a summer book, and now I can't wait to start into the sequel.
The cabal of connected families, from Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Malaysia and Australia possesses limitless funds, a hearty appetite for opulence and gossip and questionable taste. Basically, Kevin Kwan relates what unfolds when Nicholas Young, billionaire heir to the fortune of one of Singapore’s oldest families, brings his girlfriend Rachel Chu home from New York to attend the wedding of the season. The secondary story centres around Nicholas's cousin, Astrid Leong, and her faltering marriage to Michael Teo. But these slim plot lines mostly serve as excuses for Kwan to describe the consumerism and social excesses of the wealthiest families in Asia. The author has obviously studied the goings-on of the real-life counterparts to these families; his jaw-dropping descriptions of such jet-setters embody the train wreck paradox: too horrifying to want to keep reading but too engrossing to turn away.
Though sharp and humourous, the book feels about 100 pages too long. Reading about retail therapy shopping trips for $358,000 diamond rings ceases to provide entertainment after a while and ultimately only underscores the characters' shallowness. That may be Kwan's point but it certainly doesn't foster empathy for any of the characters. Additionally, Kwan's footnotes range from witty to strangely self-referential and end up providing distraction to the point of annoyance.
Though hardly profound literature, "Crazy Rich Asians" provides a great beach read or an entertaining companion for a long-haul flight, especially one to Asia.
Many references to designer clothes, luxury vehicles. It all seems kind of frivolous, but that's the way the wealthy live. Yet the older generation, even if well to do skimp and save just as ordinary folk do. Very enlightening. The author lived with his family in Singapore and knows the ins and outs of society, As a Caucasiah who lived in Hong Kong for 14 years, till 1991, , I can attest to the same mentality there.. The book is being made into a movie, so you can tell what a good story it is.
A number of plots are familiar. I have seen them in black and white Chinese movies of the 50s/60s and some are strictly out of real life gossips of the rich and famous in Asian. A fun read to kill an afternoon. Nothing serious.
Most recent customer reviews
An enjoyable vacation ready. Great writing style and loved the story line so much I bought the sequel.Published 2 months ago by TransitReader
Some intimate insight into the world of the rich, pampered and status conscious...Asian style. It read more like a soap opera and perhaps could have made the story more engaging... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Who doesn't love a great love story, a little romance, a little scandal and a lot of uber rich materialism? Read morePublished 4 months ago
This book is so funny. I love the exaggerated characters and over the top events, this is a great beach readPublished 7 months ago by carolineee21
This book is hilarious! I loved the descriptions of the the insane things obscenely wealthy people do with their money, and how incredibly dysunctional the families are. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. L. Fernet-Bishop
Surprisingly good. Finished this right away and went straight to the sequel. :-)Published 11 months ago by J'aimeLire