Five Star Billionaire

Five Star Billionaire

eBook - 2013
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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND BOOKPAGE Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more. An expansive, eye-opening novel that captures the vibrancy of China today Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job?but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn't exist. Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control. Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family's real estate empire, only to find that he might not be up to the task. He has long harbored a crush on Yinghui , a poetry-loving, left-wing activist who has reinvented herself as a successful Shanghai businesswoman. Yinghui is about to make a deal with the shadowy Walter Chao , the five star billionaire of the novel, who with his secrets and his schemes has a hand in the lives of each of the characters. All bring their dreams and hopes to Shanghai , the shining symbol of the New China, which, like the novel's characters, is constantly in flux and which plays its own fateful role in the lives of its inhabitants. Five Star Billionaire is a dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel that offers rare insight into the booming world of Shanghai, a city of elusive identities and ever-changing skylines, of grand ambitions and outsize dreams. Bursting with energy, contradictions, and the promise of possibility, Tash Aw's remarkable new book is both poignant and comic, exotic and familiar, cutting-edge and classic, suspenseful and yet beautifully unhurried. Praise for Five Star Billionaire "Estimable . . . artful . . . Mr. Aw is a patient writer, and an elegant one. His supple yet unshowy prose can resemble Kazuo Ishiguro's. . . . He's a writer to watch." ? The New York Times "In Five Star Billionaire, the Taiwanese-born, Malaysian writer Tash Aw chooses a refreshingly novel perspective. . . . Through five distinct Malaysian-Chinese voices, Mr. Aw wonderfully expresses the grit and cosmopolitan glamour of Shanghai today. . . . Mr. Aw has done more than merely satirize a social milieu; he has created a cast of compelling characters, all of whom have come to Shanghai to remake themselves, yet are haunted by their pasts in ways that they barely understand. . . . In Five Star Billionaire, Mr. Aw has achieved something remarkable." ? The Wall Street Journal "[Aw's] ever-spiraling web of connections is as improbable as it is entertaining, but he knits his various threads with an elegance . . . coupled with a photorealistic eye for the minutiae of urban life." ? The Boston Globe "The ambition of the book perfectly reflects its subject. In one scene, we're introduced to a 'folk guitarist whose slangy lyrics spoke of urban migration and loneliness.' Aw might be describing himself, except that his threnodies are set to sophisticated modern jazz." ?Pico Iyer, Time "Goes beyond the bounds of the ordinary . . . [Aw] provides a richly drawn landscape of compelling characters, and a deep immersion in their lives. . . . Five Star Billionaire is a fiercely contemporary tale of tradition, modernity and the cost of progress." ?Ellah Allfrey, All Things Considered, NPR "Aw has woven an impressive and contemporary human tapestry of a country that Western audiences would do well to better understand." ?The Daily Beast From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Random House Publishing Group, 2013.
ISBN: 9780812994353
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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freereads13
Jul 05, 2015

Great book which kept me on edge of my seat. Will read his other books, too.

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kwsmith
Jul 02, 2015

In this entertaining novel, Tash Aw uses his sparse dispassionate prose to present a mostly dystopian view of modern Shanghai. The setting is expertly drawn, and the characters are both vivid and fascinating. These Malaysian migrants attempt to settle and build better lives in Shanghai, but are all dragged down into the muck by dark secrets and almost fatalistic alienation. There is a shady mystery which links the doomed characters, and Tash Aw expertly reveals its depths.

kmctaggart Mar 14, 2015

This book basically goes nowhere,,,ESPECIALLY the completely lack lustre ending.

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uncommonreader
Mar 14, 2014

This is a novel about the migration of people to Shanghai, the London of Victorian England in the present day - a time of great change, urban migration, and raw capitalism. Five characters - a factory girl, a pop star, a real estate developer, a businesswoman and the elusive five star billionaire who links all of the characters. Like other Asian books (e.g., "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia"), the chapter headings are from self-help books, which play a role in everyone's lives. It is Dickensian in terms of the unexplained coincidences experienced by the characters in a bewildering world and it portrays a hard, impersonal, materialistic new China. Quite good.

quagga Nov 21, 2013

Five Malaysians struggle to reinvent themselves in the confounding mega-metropolis of Shanghai. A masterful and affecting novel.

debwalker Jun 03, 2013

"Tthe story of five lonely people--from a provincial girl to a shadowy billionaire--struggling to achieve their dreams in modern Shanghai."
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In front of him, little windows announce themselves on the screen of his laptop, popping into existence like beautiful, short-lived nighttime flowers.

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