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Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
  

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A long book with well-defined characters and colourful descriptions of Chinese life. Each chapter concentrates, mainly, on one character with little first-person advice sections occasionally added in a ‘self-improvement’ manner, something one of our main characters is studying. We follow five people bent on wealth as their fortunes wax and wane and their lives cross. There is a mysterious, enigmatic, we believe hugely wealthy, successful business man who is rather intriguing. It’s good but his first, The Harmony Silk Factory, is better.

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Synopsis

Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, the overlapping lives of five newcomers to China's most dynamic city are the subject of this kaleidoscopic novel. Welcome to Shanghai. A restless metropolis where old traditions collide with new ambitions - a place where anything can happen and anyone can become Somebody. Golddigger, property magnate, pop star, entrepreneur and guru: five newcomers are lured by the promise of making fortunes and remaking identities. But they find their lives converging in unpredictable ways, as the Five Star Billionaire's lessons for success wreak havoc. For in a land where dreams may come true, nothing is ever quite as it seems...

Reviews

'Tash Aw's tale of five migrant workers carving out lives in a modernising Shanghai is the stuff of a hit TV miniseries ... the reading experience it offers is coolly engrossing'
Adam Mars-Jones, Observer

'A fascinating cast of characters ... a panoramic, expertly detailed painting of contemporary Shanghai
Stephen Amidon, Sunday Times

'Tash Aw's Five Star Billionaire opens with a bang, not a whimper. Aw is a master storyteller and Five Star Billionaire can be read as The Way We Live Now for our times'
Aminatta Forna, Guardian

'[Tash Aw] is unmatched at evoking the smells and sounds of the land and cityscapes, the figures of speech and shifting cultural mores of that finger-like peninsula that pokes into the South China Sea ...Their tales are told chapter by chapter, the characters slowly drawing closer together like flotsam in a vortex, before the stunning finale ...There is wit here, and plenty of acute observation and characterisation'
Sholto Byrne, Independent on Sunday

'Tash Aw's latest book is a new kind of immigrant novel. One that takes place in our increasingly mutlipolar world and is, in some ways, a challenge to the old narrative'
Sunday Telegraph

'The five characters are distinct, and Aw manages to bring them together well... Aw brilliantly recreates the intonations and vocabulary of someone educated only in Chinese.'
Independent

'Tash Aw's gently compelling novel follows several narratives that overlap in unexpected ways ... Aw's style - terse but tender, lightly ironic without being snide - is fresh, bracing and, above all, compassionate. His characters, though shy and private people, form profound impressions on the reader. One simply cares deeply what happens to them, and this skilled writer never makes that an easy matter to predict'
Scotsman

About the Author

Tash Aw

Tash Aw is a recent graduate of UEA. He is Malaysian by birth but now lives in London. The Harmony Silk Factory is his first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd January 2014

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Tash Aw

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007494187

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