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The Fat Years by Chan Koonchung
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Feb 25, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

Fantastic and engaging premise, and the translation on this reveals a nice edge to the writing, especially for a writer from Asia. The rambling final section was fascinating though a little drawn out. I enjoyed the shifting in perspectives, and also the meta-commentary on the place of coincidence in fiction writing. Chan tries to cover and address just about every social topic in China that he can, and predictably some items are more insightfully discussed than others. Still, as someone who's spent time both being a tourist and doing smidge of business in China, I found I could relate to a lot of what he was pointing out about the direction China is heading in.
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