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Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
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May 06, 12

bookshelves: 2011-2012

I recommend this book because it is very fascinating how a person fits in to a new culture. He father taught him his morals and life values growing up. The main character is Henry Park, a Korean, whose father raise him with Korean tradition and beliefs. When growing up his father would teach him the ways of business since they owned several stores. The setting takes place in New York and Henry sees the conflict between races. However Henry just wanted to be an American. Not focusing on race. He would become researcher for a agency that handled foreign matters; spying. He would have to spy on a Korean councilman who is well respected and would have to find information on the councilman that would lead him to his downfall. However Park would struggle to hand over the information that would ruin John Kwang, councilman. He was like his father who raised him; teaching him about life and being a Korean in America. Lots of tragedy had struck Henry as he lost his mother at a young age, losing his son also at a young age and his father. This book was very interesting as it took on a new approach in the story line. Very Interesting...
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