- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Doubleday; Auflage: 01 (23. Mai 2017)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0385542321
- ISBN-13: 978-0385542326
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,3 x 3,4 x 15,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
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“Flashy, funny... Delicious, the juicy stuff of classic high-society drama... Rich People Problems is a fun tabloid romp full of over-the-top shenanigans, like a society party brawl that ruins both a Ramon Orlina glass sculpture of the hostess’s breasts and ‘a special pig that had only eaten truffles its entire life and was flown in from Spain...’ A memorable, laugh-out-loud Asian glitz fest that’s a pure pleasure to read.” —Steph Cha, USA Today
“I gobbled all three volumes of Kevin Kwan’s gossipy, name-droppy and wickedly funny Crazy Rich Asians trilogy as if they were popcorn. (Really fresh, still-warm popcorn, with that good European butter… but I digress.) The novels, set among three intergenerational and ultrarich Chinese families and peppered with hilarious explanatory footnotes, are set mostly in Singapore but flit easily from one glamorous world city to another… Irresistible.” –Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
“Kevin Kwan has done it again. The mastermind behind the delicious Crazy Rich Asians series has drawn a cult-like following with his extravagant tales of Asia’s upper echelon. He’s back at with the series’s final installment, Rich People Problems (rest assured, it’s just as enthralling as the trilogy’s first two volumes).” –Isabel Jones, InStyle
“[A] hilarious family drama… This delightfully wicked family saga will have you laughing over your summer daiquiris at the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.” —Redbook Magazine, “20 Summer Beach Reads to Stock Up On Now”
“There are a lot of lines in Kevin Kwan’s forthcoming novel Rich People Problems that will make you both roll your eyes and chuckle at the pure absurdity of the characters… Pure entertainment. Think: Bravo’s ‘Housewives’ but with a lot more money and, as a result, a lot more drama.” —Taylor Bryant, Nylon
“Thank god for Kwan... In Rich People Problems—Kwan’s third installment in his Crazy Rich Asians series—even more insane family hijinks unfold when greed and jealousy get fortune-hungry schemers up in a wild tizzy. Catch up on the whole saga before the film’s release.” –W Magazine
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Kevin Kwan is the author of the international bestsellers Crazy Rich Asians, soon to be a major motion picture, and China Rich Girlfriend. Born in Singapore, he has called New York’s West Village home since 1995. For the latest news and information, please visit:
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Eddie was of course irritating but offered the comedic / annoying elements that livened up the story. I also especially enjoyed the plot development of Kitty Pong but felt that Kwan could have also developed (or provided more insights to) those of Colette Bing, Jacqueline Ling and Go Peik Lin (and in this respect also of Alistair Cheng). (Perhaps another book for them, then?)
Rich People Problems also made me terribly curious about the "Imperial Shangs" --- the book did seem to provide ample foundation for another book, this time on the Shang side.
All in all, Kwan's writing is always entertaining, lively (apart from some dramatic Astrid-Charlie moments), and enjoyable.
Kevin Kwan’s novel is just hilarious. His characters are uniquely drawn and his masterly way of narrating the story is just great fun to read. One can easily picture that the story to be quite authentic even though I personally was never in contact with those superrich, the way their life is portrayed here is just what I would imagine.
First of all, his characters. Even though Kwan might make use of some cliché – having a personal plastic surgeon, the big tabloids and popular magazines fighting for portrays about their fancy life etc. – nevertheless, when it comes to basic traits of character, they are all quite realistically drawn: Eddie, full of envy for his cousins and always fearing that he comes last and does not get what he deserves. Astrid who becomes the victim of her ex-husbands hatred and who is blackmailed and in the centre of a scandalous affair. Kitty who married one of China’s richest businessmen but suffers from her stepdaughter’s fame and popularity. And of course Su Yi who is only awake for minutes but immediately understands which ploys her descendants try.
Yet, apart from the character study there is another story underneath which comes quite unexpectedly and is linked to Singapore and India’s past and connection to the former coloniser England. There are secrets buried which come finally out and can actually add a lot to the superficial life most characters lead. All this is told with Kevin Kwan’s fine ironical tone which is highly entertaining.
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The story focuses on the trials and tribulations Astrid Leong is going through as she attempts to divorce her husband Michael while keeping alive her new relationship with Charlie Wu. It also focuses on Nicholas as he wonders what he should do now that his Grandmother has fallen ill. And we get a lot of attention paid to the Shangs, some attention on Rachel's brother, a good deal of attention on Kitty Pong and Oliver and almost no attention on Rachel. It seems Rachel's story was mostly done so we don't focus on her too much. That's a pity because she was an amazing artistic creation and I would have loved to see more about her. And that's why this book only merits three stars. All in all, it's a weak conclusion to the trilogy.
For me, the best part of the book were Su Yi's WWII flashbacks. If Kwan doesn't want to continue this story then I hope he would write a story about Su Yi. She has always been amazing and now she sounds even more intriguing.
There is some food mentioned in this novel but not as much as in the previous ones- this is not as much a foodie’s dream as the other two books in the series. A major theme of this book is the loss of “old ways” and “old ideas” and “old standards” and one way this comes out is in how a favorite, renowned food spot can close down because of developers finding the land more valuable than a culinary institution. So, there is a natural progression away from the obsessive way that food is written about in the previous books. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a lot of food in these books, but it’s not the same joyful experience that you feel in the previous books.
A major issue I had with this book is that there is A LOT going on in this book. So many things were going on with so many characters in this book that the author didn’t have the time to develop some of the plots and characters that could actually have been very interesting. What we ended up with was a lot of bread crumbs that didn’t lead to any bread (e.g. what’s Nick’s mother’s deal, re: Nick’s father?), leading up to an ending that whilst acceptable, was rather random and thrown together and somewhat unsatisfying in the focus and lack of “comeuppancery.” Again I’ll say it, my Charlie is wayyyyyy too nice.
Overall, even though I’ve been a latecomer to this trilogy, I’ve had the most fabulous time reading it and I’m quite sad it’s over. The first two books are my favorite but this is worth a read even if just to get some closure on these Crazy Rich Asians. This was a 3.5- star book for me!
I still really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read for my beach vacation, but I cannot say that I am keen to revisit this series. I would love to see what Kwan can do with a new set of characters.
I might have to savor this one because I don't know when he will right the next one.
Update: Just finished this book and it did not disappoint! What a ride! Thank you for a great read Kevin Kwan. Whew.