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Chosen and the Beautiful de Nghi Vo
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Chosen and the Beautiful (edició 2022)

de Nghi Vo (Autor)

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"Immigrant. Socialite. Magician. Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society-she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She's also queer and Asian, a Vietnamese adoptee treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her. But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how. Nghi Vo's debut novel The Chosen and the Beautiful reinvents this classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice"--… (més)
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Títol:Chosen and the Beautiful
Autors:Nghi Vo (Autor)
Informació:Tor.com (2022), 288 pages
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I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator, Natalie Naudus, did a great job. However, the voice she used for Daisy was so annoying that I feel like it made me dislike her more than I would if I had physically read the book. I must admit I might not have finished the book if I wasn’t listening to it since I was really bored at times.

This book is “The Great Gatsby” but canonically queer and told from the perspective of Jordan, who was born in Vietnam and was taken by a missionary called Mrs. Baker. The story touches on the racism and exoticism towards the main character’s features, but not as much as I thought it would. The themes of bisexuality and homosexuality were also not that explored. It was mostly about everyone sleeping with everyone because they couldn’t have the person they really loved.

Jordan is Daisy’s friend in the original too and she was given a differet background and center stage in this novel, even though most of the time she feels more like an observer. Gatsby and Daisy steal the show often since the protagonist notices them so much. Jordan just loves everyone’s appearance and I lost count how many people she had sex with or at least kissed in this novel. It was sort of funny how often she would just look at anyone and have that desire, but I feel like it was supposed to be sad since she is doing it to keep her mind off Daisy and the rest of her problems it seems.

The book has some magic in it, but it doesn’t add much to the plot and it’s not very explored. It was actually confusing at times because the magic sounded like metaphors, but it was also actually happening.

In the end I didn’t care much for this book and I didn’t care much for “The Great Gatsby” either even though I only read it years ago. The only reason I tried this is because I really like the 2 novellas I read from the Singing Hills Cycle by this author. However, this one wasn’t really for me. ( )
  elderlingfae | Aug 11, 2022 |
I really hate The Great Gatsby (largely thanks to a middle school English teacher who had a talent for killing all the joy in literature), so I'm not sure what made me think I would like an adaptation of The Great Gatsby. This version follows the events of the original very closely, practically scene by scene, except it is told from the point of view of Jordan Baker. In this version, Jordan is Vietnamese and bisexual, and magic is real.

In some ways, Gatsby makes more sense with magic: part of what I find annoying about the book is how unbelievably charismatic Gatsby is. If his magnetic charm is part of a magic spell or a deal with the devil, that makes his character more believable. Unfortunately, aside from that, it doesn't seem to me that the magic adds anything to the story.

However, Vo is an exceptional writer, in a deceptively simple way. I would not have stuck with the book if her writing weren't so good. ( )
  Gwendydd | Aug 6, 2022 |
The cover is gorgeous, and what a title! It was described by others as a queer retelling of "The Great Gatsby." I read the original as a school assignment and even back then, was bored and annoyed with the love triangle. So, I was hoping this version would be more interesting. For the first hundred pages, it was. Then it became Party! Booze! Why was it treated so casually in this book, set in the 1920s? Party. Thing relevant to the 1920s that had no bearing on the plot! People Jordan is trying to seduce, ostensibly because she can. Magic magic Jordan goes to a party. This isn't a coming-of-age; it's a character study where the character is parties. I think the author was trying to experiment with connotations of the time and how word variety can freshen things, but her attempts fell flat and it just seemed like she was padding out her word count. Magic party Nick seduction oh Daisy's still in this book? Huh. Party party party rumination oh someone's dead. That was how my reading experience felt. I only vaguely remember the original book, so I can't compare the two. I liked this one better, though. The author writes beautiful sentences. Some of the word choices were clumsy. Near the end, Jordan describes kissing Nick using paper burning imagery that she wields as magic. All I could think of was Billy Binges, a Youtube entertainer, remarking, "They kissing like two paper lions," and chuckled. The book ends on what feels like a paragraph transition, not an end to a novel. When the author writes a book with actual plot and less word count padding, I'll check it out. ( )
  iszevthere | Jul 11, 2022 |
Gatsby retelling with Jordan Baker POV. Jordan is a Vietnamese adoptee of the wealthy Baker family, and that (more than her queerness) gives her a particular view on Daisy and Tom’s privileges. There’s also magic and demons—demons supply demoniac, which gives visions, and make deals with people like Gatsby to bring a little more Hell to Earth. Magic seems more varied but Jordan practices a variant associated with Vietnam that she doesn’t entirely understand; when she encounters other Vietnamese practitioners she feels both seen and isolated, in a reversal-but-replication of her status among white rich people. I thought it was a good reading of Gatsby but would’ve liked more paper magic. ( )
  rivkat | May 4, 2022 |
audiobook fiction (9 hours) - alternative history Gatsby retelling with Vietnamese-American narrator Jordan Baker (rescued/abducted from Tongkin by a missionary and raised in Louisville), providing some relief from Nick, Jay, Tom, and the insufferable Daisy, and elements of magic, with pet imps that can tell fortunes and alcoholic drinks often tainted with demoniac (demon's blood).

Definitely more interesting (and dimensional) than the original F. Scott Fitzgerald work, and I can see why this has been so popular. Narration is skillfully provided by Natalie Naudus. Content note: there is a pretty steamy scene between (pansexual) Jordan and Nick (also pansexual). ( )
  reader1009 | Mar 22, 2022 |
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The plot unravels tantalizingly slowly, and Vo’s immersive prose never ceases to captivate. The Gatsby-related details and hints of magic will keep readers spellbound from start to finish.
 

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"Immigrant. Socialite. Magician. Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society-she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She's also queer and Asian, a Vietnamese adoptee treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her. But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how. Nghi Vo's debut novel The Chosen and the Beautiful reinvents this classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice"--

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