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Aloft by Chang-rae Lee
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May 26, 2009

really liked it


Lee is a brilliant writer, and if his shots are sometimes a little too cheap or his characterizations a little too pat, who cares? He is never not clever, and in this work he supplements his usual verbal acrobatics with loving descriptions of the best things in life, lifestyle porn that accuses as it celebrates. The book surprises throughout, not least with its ending - we've been expecting a tragedy throughout, and in the way we get one, but in an equally important way we don't, which is nice, because in our competent, absent hero and his family we're meant to read America in its declining period. His solution is the one I'd choose for us.

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