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Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
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Nov 25, 2008

it was amazing
Read in November, 2008

Maybe it was the right book at the right time in my life, but this one was perfect. Lee examines many of life's major obstacles and does so with grace and eloquence. He begins with a failing marriage then delves into questions of nationality, heritage, collective v. individual societies, and moral relativism. Those who have visited Korea or lived with Korean people will especially enjoy Lee, a Korean-American, but he also appeals to anyone who has ever watched a relationship die, struggled to overcome the burden of an oppressive father, or questioned the social order in America. As an added bonus, John Kwang just reeks of Barack Obama at times, and following that character brings to mind some interesting thoughts about Obama's similar rise to power.
The struggle to be both Korean and American, to find and keep an elusive love, to find one's own true identity. No wonder I liked it so damned much.
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Jessica I can't wait to read this!! I'm buying it right now :)


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