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This novel was chosen by a member of my RL bookgroup. Its subject is an important one: The selling of blood by impoverished farmers led on by greedy local henchmen in the Chinese province of Huan, which led to a terrible epidemic of AIDS in the region. I wanted to admire this. I really did. I was shocked by the events it recounts and am glad that they have been aired again in this format. Perhaps the cultural gulf was too wide for me, but I disliked the one-note hammering home of the same point over and over again. This, mixed with a kind of magic realism that surfaced from time to time, a
Gosh this is boring. An interminable story with characters you cannot tell apart who are supposed to be fictional ciphers for a real life fictional family in Canada. Heaps of musical references and if you love Bach you might get them, but I don't. Also, interspersed with Chinese writing and poems that don't seem to add much. Creating something this dull from such an exciting period of history is an impressive achievement that has rightly been recognised by the Booker judges. *0000
I read books set in Asia, books about Asia, books by Asians (regardless of where in the world they may reside), books about the immigrant experience, and basically anything that can by any definition broad or narrow be called 'Asian'. I have deliberately made this broad, broad, broad because I don't want to get bogged down in discussion ending arguments about who or who isn't Asian and if a book is or is not 'Asian'. If it is about Asia, Asians, an Asian experience or written by some one who is Asian - its in!
Tash Aw’s novels should be so good; he has a great ear for a title; his locations are to die for and his stories are brimming with ideas. But his previous two novels, although entertaining enough at the time, have left not the slightest trace of a memory on this reader’s mind. Five Star Billionaire seems to be more of the same. The novel stars five people (do you see what Tash did there?) who all hope of becoming billionaires. They are all outsiders from Malaysia (though Gary the disenchanted rock star might also have connections with Taiwan) and have all pitched up in Shangai. Their pasts, p