Five-star Billionaire

Five-star Billionaire

A Novel

Book - 2013 | 1st ed
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Dreaming of love and success in rapidly changing Shanghai, four individuals--a starry-eyed waitress, a wealthy developer's son, a pop artist, and a poetry-loving activist--confront unexpected realities in regional challenges.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2013]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780812994353
0812994353
9780812994346
0812994345
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: xiii, 379 pages ; 24 cm

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freereads13
Jul 05, 2015

Great book which kept me on edge of my seat. Will read his other books, too.

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kwsmith
Jul 02, 2015

In this entertaining novel, Tash Aw uses his sparse dispassionate prose to present a mostly dystopian view of modern Shanghai. The setting is expertly drawn, and the characters are both vivid and fascinating. These Malaysian migrants attempt to settle and build better lives in Shanghai, but are all dragged down into the muck by dark secrets and almost fatalistic alienation. There is a shady mystery which links the doomed characters, and Tash Aw expertly reveals its depths.

kmctaggart Mar 14, 2015

This book basically goes nowhere,,,ESPECIALLY the completely lack lustre ending.

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uncommonreader
Mar 14, 2014

This is a novel about the migration of people to Shanghai, the London of Victorian England in the present day - a time of great change, urban migration, and raw capitalism. Five characters - a factory girl, a pop star, a real estate developer, a businesswoman and the elusive five star billionaire who links all of the characters. Like other Asian books (e.g., "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia"), the chapter headings are from self-help books, which play a role in everyone's lives. It is Dickensian in terms of the unexplained coincidences experienced by the characters in a bewildering world and it portrays a hard, impersonal, materialistic new China. Quite good.

quagga Nov 21, 2013

Five Malaysians struggle to reinvent themselves in the confounding mega-metropolis of Shanghai. A masterful and affecting novel.

debwalker Jun 03, 2013

"Tthe story of five lonely people--from a provincial girl to a shadowy billionaire--struggling to achieve their dreams in modern Shanghai."
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quagga Nov 21, 2013

In front of him, little windows announce themselves on the screen of his laptop, popping into existence like beautiful, short-lived nighttime flowers.

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