Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

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By (author) Kevin Kwan

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  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 527 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 28mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 20 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0345803787
  • ISBN 13: 9780345803788
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 30,742

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When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country's most eligible bachelor. 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.

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Kevin Kwan was born and raised in Singapore. He currently lives in Manhattan. "Crazy Rich Asians "is his first novel.

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"A dizzily shopaholic comedy of crass manners . . . "Crazy Rich Asians" offers refreshing nouveau voyeurism to readers who long ago burned out on American and English aspirational fantasies. Mr. Kwan either knows, or does a good job of pretending to know, how the very rich of Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai show off their lucre . . . Hilarious . . . This book name-drops about many different Asian cultures and mixes rude slang from Malay and the Cantonese and Hokkien dialects of Chinese . . . Mr. Kwan makes the most of them . . . A grand tour of a humorously grandiose and showoffy world. Mr. Kwan knows how to deliver guilty pleasures. He keeps the repartee nicely outrageous, the excess wretched and the details wickedly delectable." --Janet Maslin, "The New York Times ""Kwan's rollicking, often-riotous debut novel, "Crazy Rich Asians," reads like a behind-the-scenes primer of the rising uber-elite of the ever-powerful Asian world . . . . the reader is given an intimate window into the spending and investing patterns, and burgeoning and crumbling relationships of this upper echelon of extraordinary wealth . . . an entertaining, engrossing novel . . . a lively, generous story of shallow extravagance and human devotion." --S. Kirk Walsh, "The Boston Globe " "Crazy Rich Asians has all the plot and color of a tabloid mag, set in Asia. This means that front doors are cathedral sized, millions are now billions and shopping is, as one character puts it, 'Fifth Avenue on steroids' . . . Put on your designer shades, stuff an umbrella into your drink, and lose yourself in the antics of people who cheat on their husbands with secret overseas shopping trips. By the time you've finished you should have a rich, golden tan." --Emma Keller, "The Guardian (UK) " "A debut novel that sheds light on the gilded world of Asian wealth and shopping culture that most Westerners only catch glimpses of." --Sarah Hampson, "The Globe and Mail" (Canada) "D