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Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
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Jan 27, 11

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Read in January, 2011

I was assigned to read this novel for a course on 20th Century Literature of Immigration. While this is miles away from anything I would choose to read, I was quite surprised by how quickly I polished this off. Lee's novel focuses on the Korean immigrant. However, instead of sticking to the traditional immigrant narrative, Lee gives us the experience from multiple perspectives, narrated by Henry Park, a first generation Korean-American. Confused about his identity, we follow Park as he begins a life changing assignment. Lee crafts the kind of characters that unfold as the story progresses, with small details that connect back to larger themes and issues. This is not one of those novels that I "enjoyed" reading, but it is a well written tale of cultural identity.
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