Five-star Billionaire

Five-star Billionaire

A Novel

Book - 2013 | 1st U.S. ed.
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Dreaming of love and success in rapidly changing Shanghai, four individuals--a starry-eyed waitress, a wealthy developer's son, a pop artist, and a poetry-loving activist--confront unexpected realities in regional challenges.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2013]
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780812994346
Branch Call Number: FIC AW
Characteristics: xiii, 379 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: 5 star billionaire


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Jul 05, 2015

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

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.

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.

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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Nov 21, 2013

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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