Free Food for Millionaires Lib/E Audio CD – Unabridged, 5 May 2020
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- ISBN-10 : 1549132148
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549132148
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Unabridged edition (5 May 2020)
- Language: : English
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"Free Food for Millionaires stakes out new ground for twenty-first century American literature, territory both profoundly enlightening and utterly enjoyable."-- "David Henry Hwang, playwright, M. Butterfly"
"Lee's take on contemporary intergenerational cultural friction is wide-ranging, sympathetic, and well worth reading."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"With very broad strokes and great detail, Lee paints colorful three-dimensional characters and outlines intergenerational and cultural struggles brilliantly."-- "Booklist"
"This big, beguiling book has all the distinguishing marks of a Great American novel."-- "The Times (London)"
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As a white British person, I found the Korean cultural elements far easier to comprehend than the wealthy American culture. I could understand the struggles of the poorer immigrant families, whereas all the talk of golf, conspicuous spending and 'B school' (an expression that isn't explained anywhere and took me a while to work out) and the corporate culture that goes with it, felt completely alien. Rather than drawing me in and enabling me to understand though, it left me just as baffled and contemptuous as when I started. I simply can't comprehend people who spend crazy money on clothes full stop (even if they have it) and certainly not when they are flat broke. Despite Casey not even being from a privileged background, her sheer lack of gratitude for the opportunities she was given made me want to yell at her.
There is nothing more frustrating than a book character who constantly repeats the same stupid mistake over and over again, and Casey must be the epitome of this phenomenon. She managed to snatch failure and defeat from the jaws of victory and opportunity over and over again. Over the course of nearly 600 pages, she throws away a degree from Princeton, a relationship with a lovely well-matched man, the support of an implausibly rich and generous mentor, the love of well-meaning parents, and even the affection of her saintly friend. She seemed willing to work hard, but never stuck with anything. I honestly felt she got better than she deserved throughout, whereas the much nicer supporting characters seemed to contend with unfairness at every turn.
At best you could say this gave me a glimpse into an unknown world - New York banking - but to be honest I'd rather not have seen it.
I assumed that Free Food for Millionaires would be in the same class. It is not even at the same school! Don't waste your time on this book, I could hardly believe it was the same author.
By all means try Pachinko, but leave this one well alone.
Bit hard to get into but once getting into the story I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the book to see how the various lives progressed.
Can’t wait for her third to be published