Sunday, July 7, 2013

Crazy Rich Asians

Tales of the rich and those struggling to make it

By Kevin Kwan     416 pages
CRAZY Rich Asians is quite possibly one of funniest social satires ever written about Singaporeans. It reads like a cross between Anthony Trollope and Singapore Tatler. It is simultaneously stylish and tabloid-ish, grand and gossipy, well-written and, well, trashy.

I'm reading Crazy Rich Asians, a hilarious novel about seriously rich Chinese families based in Singapore with linkages to Hong Kong, New York, London, Taiwan, Vancouver, California ...

Besides the obvious entertainment value of guessing how the real elite might live there are lessons to be learned here:
  • Serious money - Chinese or otherwise - do not flash!
  • Asian linkages are global.
  • This could be a good handbook for a Princeling looking to bring someone into the Family who is not of the same pedigree.   The theme of strong mothers-in-law's comes to mind.
This book by first time author has received wide coverage and excellent reviews.
Highly recommended entertainment for Asians and non-Asians alike.   Well done, Kevin Kwan!

Read Prologue: The Cousins which is part of 'Look Inside' at Amazon for a taste.

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