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My Year Abroad: A Novel de Chang-rae Lee
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My Year Abroad: A Novel (edició 2021)

de Chang-rae Lee (Autor)

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Títol:My Year Abroad: A Novel
Autors:Chang-rae Lee (Autor)
Informació:Riverhead Books (2021), 491 pages
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One of the weirdest books I've read, some strange characters & scenes. This coming of age and look at the pursuit of wealth, happiness and love will maybe be better in the thoughts it leaves with me. This was certainly out of my normal reading. ( )
  EllenH | Sep 5, 2021 |
Beautifully written and detailed. A bit too long. ( )
  sparemethecensor | Aug 15, 2021 |
Definitely written by a very skilled author; however, it is about 100 pages too long. Tiller is a young man now living with an older woman who has a preteen son. The current time is then interspersed with chapters telling of his "year abroad" as an "assistant/gopher/trainee" for a charismatic Asian entrepreneur who is supposedly developing and selling some kind of "health" juice across Asia. Pony and his associates take Tiller across Asia.

There are really funny scenes, and there are some disgusting scenes. This is a strange book with strange characters at times unbelievable and at other times fully believable. There are weird sexual scenes, bizarre events (men stomping abrasive plants in a giant mortal and pestle), and plainly demented individuals without any sense of morality. On the home front, the preteen boy turning into a master chef seems a bit of a stretch.

In short, parts of this I enjoyed, but I almost quit reading at other times. Still probably masterfully written - just not all to my taste. (Heard the author interviewed and was interested). ( )
1 vota maryreinert | Jul 30, 2021 |
This is an episodic novel that, as the title suggests, centers a college student's trip to Asia with his mentor, a charismatic, energetic immigrant entrepreneur named Pong. But that event is recounted late in the novel, one that first describes what happens to Tiller beforehand; his childhood in a quiet, well-heeled town being raised by his father after his mother leaves them. The book goes off on various tangents, the most interesting is the account of the life of Pong's parents in China, and the heart of the book is what happens to Tiller after his adventure, when he meets a single mother in the witness protection program and her unusual son and joins them in hiding out in a suburban tract home in Plano Stagno, Texas. The events advertised in the title are the oddest and least impactful moments in this novel.

The writing is excellent and Lee has created a wonderful, complex character in Tiller, a young man who combines insecurity with a sense of humor, a clear-eyed view of his place in the world, a sweet heart, and a willingness to adapt to new situations. And the structure of the novel, which feels random, pulls together at the end to explain something that was burning under the surface the whole time in such a low key way and was beautifully executed. There's humor here and heart and if the story edges towards Grand Guignol there towards the end, it recaptures its footing soon afterward. ( )
1 vota RidgewayGirl | Jun 23, 2021 |
College student spends some time abroad and comes back home a changed man, but not in the way you might think. This was an entertaining read, with some dark themes; some parts worked a bit better for me than others, I dunno. ( )
  krtierney | Jun 1, 2021 |
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