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  • 23 December 2019
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Summary Five Star Billionaire Five Star Billionaire Free download ¸ 105 Nning out of control Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family's real estate empire only to find that he might not be up to the task He has long harboured a crush on Yinghui who has reinvented herself from a poetry loving left wing activist to a successful Shanghai businesswoman She is about to make a deal with the shadowy figure of Walter Chao the five star billionaire of the novel who with his secrets and his schemes has a hand in. This book was perfection I was so wrapped up in the second half of it that I forgot to eat dinnerFive Star Billionaire follows 4 6 characters depending on how you look at it in very modern Shanghai as they attempt to survive expectations and pull themselves up economically and socially through plain hard work or through deception if needed It s like the Protestant Work Ethic without any time for religion turbo speedI appreciated the portrayal of a very modern China So much of what I read even from living authors feels somewhat traditional to the point of old fashioned This was a world where a girl might spend the last money on her copycat handbag in hopes that it will help her acuire the new jobboyfriend that will change her life where people are sitting around eating matcha muffins sipping lattes and talking on their smartphones The characters believe in this China and in their potential to do to be This was China she told herself The unfeasible had a habit of being true she had to believe the unbelievable YanghuiThis was what life was like in China Stand still for a moment and the river of life rushes past you He had spent three months confined to his apartment and in that time Shanghai seemed to have changed completely Everyone in this city was living life at a hundred miles an hour speeding ever forward he had fallen behind out of step with the rest of Shanghai JustinShe had learned that the appearance of classiness in Shanghai was no guarantee of truthfulness and she treated all approaches from men with the same caution as she would when shopping for counterfeit luxury goods China was full of copycat products and people PhoebeShanghai is a beautiful place but it is also a harsh place Life here is not really life it is a competition WalterThe characters cover a wide span of experiences Phoebe is a migrant worker from Malaysia who does everything she can to erase her past on her way up the ladder Justin is the only person who can save his family s business Gary is a pop singer pulled out of obscurity and into the perils of fame Yinghui is a minorly successful businesswoman without a lot of practical sense Their stories link together and aren t told exactly in order but still everything leads up to the very satisfying endingI picked this up because it was on the Booker longlist and I really hope it is included in the shortlist Very deserving highly recommended Marriage by Deception you He had spent three months confined to his apartment and in that time Shanghai seemed to have changed completely Everyone in this city was living life at a hundred miles an hour speeding ever forward he had fallen behind out of step with the rest of Shanghai JustinShe had learned that the appearance of classiness in Shanghai was no guarantee of truthfulness and she treated all approaches from men with the same caution as she would when shopping for counterfeit luxury goods China was full of copycat products and people PhoebeShanghai is a beautiful place but it is also a harsh place Life here is not really life it is a competition WalterThe characters cover a wide span of experiences Phoebe is a migrant worker from Malaysia who does everything she can to erase her past on her way up the ladder Justin is the only person who can save his family s business Gary is a pop singer pulled out of obscurity and into the perils of fame Yinghui is a minorly successful businesswoman without a lot of practical sense Their stories link together and aren t told exactly in order but still everything leads up to the very satisfying endingI picked this up because it was on the Booker longlist and I really hope it is included in the shortlist Very deserving highly recommended

Summary Five Star Billionaire

Five Star Billionaire

Summary Five Star Billionaire Five Star Billionaire Free download ¸ 105 An entertaining expansive and eye opening novel that captures the vibrance of China today by a writer whose previous work has been called “mesmerizing” “haunting” “breathtaking” “mercilessly gripping” “seductive” and “luminous”Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn't exist Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spi. There s something universally appealing about becoming filthy rich Earlier this year Mohsin Hamid explored the topic in his book How To Become Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Now Tash Aw weighs in with Five Star Billionaire Interestingly each of these accomplished authors employ a how to self help book conceit in this case How To Achieve Greatness How To Manage Time and so onThe problem or perhaps the point of this novel is after a while the strivers and the wannabes begin to blend together in a patina of sameness threads in the fabric of Shanghai Each of Tash Aw s characters is searching for success and wealth which won t necessarily euate with happiness Each arrives in Shanghai with an amorphous identity looking to the city to define who they are And each carries the seeds of self destruction with the inability to engage in deep introspection Each in a word is false and self deceptive As one character says There is not one aspect of myself that I haven t lied aboutPhoebe is a factory girl in rural Malaysia determined to reinvent herself and make it big in Shanghai The way to a real success for her is to accumulate the fake accoutrements that Shanghai is known for a fake LV read Louis Vuitton purse a fake expensive watch and so on In her recreation of herself she becomes not than but less than She is for me the most compelling of the characters and perhaps the one with the most to gain or loseJustin the scion of a wealthy real estate family is in Shanghai to salvage his family s disappearing prospects but fears that he will not be able to live up to expectations Leong Yinghui runs a highly successful high end lingerie company but falls into the ultimate stereotype the woman who does well in business but is a failure in her personal life and oh it would be great to retire that stereotype Gary is a pop idol who sabotages his own spiraling career through a drunken night club altercation And finally there s Walter Chao the first person narrative of the self help book and the eponymous five star billionaireAll these individuals will rub against each other testing fate and becoming intertwined in their uest to move ahead Sometimes the interactions seem organic sometimes they don t I paused in several places to determine whether they or the situations they were in passed the test of credibilityHaving said that and in all fairness I wonder if I m criticizing the author for writing the book I want him to write instead of the book he DID write And THAT book is done exceedingly well with a powerful depiction of Shanghai a ruthless city on the make a city that encourages dreaming but uncaringly spits the dreamers out at any opportunity It s a city of fake luxury goods iconic sites such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa carved from humps of snow and false individuals who hide behind their created images and Internet exchanges to forge a tenuous sense of intimacy Tash Aw writes This is what happens in Shanghai People say it is the size of a small country but it is not It is bigger like a whole continent with a heart as deep and unknown as the forests of the and so vast and wild as the deserts of Africa People come here like explorers but soon they disappear and no one remembers them no one even hears them as they fade away Tash Aw creates an exceptional sense of placeparticularly a sense of place in a particular moment in timeFive Star Billionaire long listed for the Booker prize is an ambitious novel and it s well written with what I suspect is a great deal of authenticity I would not discourage anyone from reading it Initially I gave this book 3 stars but found I cannot get it out of my head and came back and re rated it I came to realize the fault may not be in the stars it may be in me the reader Dangerous Melody Treasure Seekers #2 year Mohsin Hamid explored the topic in his book How To Become Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Now Tash Aw weighs in with Five Star Billionaire Interestingly each of these accomplished authors employ a how to self help book conceit in this case How To Achieve Greatness How To Manage Time and so onThe problem or perhaps the point of this novel is after a while the strivers and the wannabes begin to blend together in a patina of sameness threads in the fabric of Shanghai Each of Tash Aw s characters is searching for success and wealth which won t necessarily euate with happiness Each arrives in Shanghai with an amorphous identity looking to the city to define who they are And each carries the seeds of self destruction with the inability to engage in deep introspection Each in a word is false and self deceptive As one character says There is not one aspect of myself that I haven t lied aboutPhoebe is a factory girl in rural Malaysia determined to reinvent herself and make it big in Shanghai The way to a real success for her is to accumulate the fake accoutrements that Shanghai is known for a fake LV read Louis Vuitton purse a fake expensive watch and so on In her recreation of herself she becomes not than but less than She is for me the most compelling of the characters and perhaps the one with the most to gain or loseJustin the scion of a wealthy real estate family is in Shanghai to salvage his family s disappearing prospects but fears that he will not be able to live up to expectations Leong Yinghui runs a highly successful high end lingerie company but falls into the ultimate stereotype the woman who does well in business but is a failure in her personal life and oh it would be great to retire that stereotype Gary is a pop idol who sabotages his own spiraling career through a drunken night club altercation And finally there s Walter Chao the first person narrative of the self help book and the eponymous five star billionaireAll these individuals will rub against each other testing fate and becoming intertwined in their uest to move ahead Sometimes the interactions seem organic sometimes they don t I paused in several places to determine whether they or the situations they were in passed the test of credibilityHaving said that and in all fairness I wonder if I m criticizing the author for writing the book I want him to write instead of the book he DID write And THAT book is done exceedingly well with a powerful depiction of Shanghai a ruthless city on the make a city that encourages dreaming but uncaringly spits the dreamers out at any opportunity It s a city of fake luxury goods iconic sites such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa carved from humps of snow and false individuals who hide behind their created images and Internet exchanges to forge a tenuous sense of intimacy Tash Aw writes This is what happens in Shanghai People say it is the size of a small country but it is not It is bigger like a whole continent with a heart as deep and unknown as the forests of the and so vast and wild as the deserts of Africa People come here like explorers but soon they disappear and no one remembers them no one even hears them as they fade away Tash Aw creates an exceptional sense of placeparticularly a sense of place in a particular moment in timeFive Star Billionaire long listed for the Booker prize is an ambitious novel and it s well written with what I suspect is a great deal of authenticity I would not discourage anyone from reading it Initially I gave this book 3 stars but found I cannot get it out of my head and came back and re rated it I came to realize the fault may not be in the stars it may be in me the reader

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Summary Five Star Billionaire Five Star Billionaire Free download ¸ 105 The lives of each of the characters All bring their dreams and hopes to Shanghai the shining symbol of the New China which like the novel's characters is constantly in flux and which plays its own fateful role in the lives of its inhabitants Five Star Billionaire the dazzling kaleidoscopic new novel by the award winning writer Tash Aw offers rare insight into China today with its constant transformations and its promise of possibili. Another atmosphere driven book but because I found this one interesting than Harvest 4 stars not 3 The heroantihero of this book is Shanghai the epitome of the 21st century megalopolis ever expanding ever growing glittering energetic and yet with pockets of an older life a few remaining heritage buildings Aw shows us the incredible wealth that there is to be made in Shanghai as well as how its poorer citizens live Most importantly he shows us a society constantly in motion where a meteoric rise is one step from a crushing fall and people s lives and careers can have many such ups and downs in the space of a few years just as old neighborhoods can disappear and new skyscrapers spring up seemingly overnight The energy is giddy on the way up but with so many millions any one can disappear and be forgotten if they pause or stumble even briefly Disappear is a word that echos and repeats throughout the book I found Aw s depiction of Shanghai wholly absorbing I was both enchanted and horrified he does that good a job of putting you there He also makes Malaysia come vividly to life whether it s the small northeastern villages and towns where each of his migrant protagonists hales from or the modern but still small potatoes compared to Shanghai KL or even a rundown seaside estate In Malaysia as in Shanghai the theme of landscapes changing disappearing as forest gives way to housing development heritage building to skyscraper is very strongAw is perhaps less successful with people than he is with landscapes He has 5 main characters all from rural Malaysia all seeking their fortunes in Shanghai and while all were very interesting some were fully realized then others Yinghui and Gary worked the best for me and stereotype and caricature were sometimes a little too close at hand For all the characters the overriding theme is failure to connect they grope towards each other but fail to make true contact and when they fail to connect Shanghai swallows them up Mostly that works but some plots seem too neatly tied up while others just leave you wondering I remained mystified by Walter and Pheobe s relationship if anyone understood what Walter was up to message me All in all thoroughly engrossing I really didn t want to put it down and disagree with reviewers who found it too long I have been to many places in Asia but not mainland China not Shanghai partly because it seems daunting and this book certainly did not lessen that feeling but it also underscored that Shanghai in energy in wealth creation and destruction in attraction for goods and labor from all over the world is to the 21st century as my hometown NY was to the 20th Think a visit is overdue