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Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
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it was amazing
bookshelves: audio, overdrive

This book is brilliant. It shows what you can do when you write with perception, humor and creativity about something you have experienced and understand intimately. No cultural appropriation here. He’s also one of the writers on the HBO series West World, so he understands TV too. The book tells the story of Willis Wu and his Chinese American family. Their story is interwoven inventively with the description of the generic roles that the Wu’s and other residents of their SRO play in a TV series. The roles range from Generic Asian Man #1, to Special Guest Star, to Recurring and (if you are really lucky) to Kung Fu Guy. Once you reach Kung Fu Guy, you hit a ceiling. It’s virtually impossible to make it to Generic Man. Willis meets Ethnically Ambiguous Girl who “gets to be objectified by men of all races”. The characters are on the sidelines in a society that lumps all Asians together, and never wanted them here. I loved this book. I’d read more by this author in a heartbeat.
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September 8, 2019 – Shelved
January 29, 2020 – Started Reading
January 29, 2020 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Carol (new) - added it

Carol Love this review, Faith. I’m looking forward to reading this even more than I was prior to your posting it


Faith Carol wrote: "Love this review, Faith. I’m looking forward to reading this even more than I was prior to your posting it"

Thanks Carol. I'm sure that you will like it.


message 3: by Philip (new)

Philip Nice review, but be careful what you wish for, ("I'd read more," etc.) Our library didn't have this yet, so I picked up Yu's previous book, How To Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe, and it was a real slog and just endlessly confusing. Still...you do make me want to give this one a try...


Faith Philip wrote: "Nice review, but be careful what you wish for, ("I'd read more," etc.) Our library didn't have this yet, so I picked up Yu's previous book, How To Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe, and it ..."

Thanks Philip. Not surprising that a West World writer would write a confusing book. I'll try it if there is an audiobook (my library has only the ebook).


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