Native speaker by chang rae lee incisive and elegant
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee MasterfulKorean-American Henry Park is surreptitious, B+ student of life, illegalalien, emotional alien, Yellow peril: neo-American, stranger, follower,traitor, spy ... or so says his wife, in the list she writes upon leaving him.Henry is forever uncertain of his place, a perpetual outsider looking atAmerican culture from a distance. As a man of two worlds, he is beginningto fear that he has betrayed both -- and belongs to neither.Personal Review: Native Speaker by Chang-rae LeeThis is one of the best books I have read to date. Im not Korean/KA, andIve never been to New York, so I have no idea how well the charactersrepresent either of these facets of America, and dont much care. I readthis book and tried to appreciate its narrator and setting as unique ratherthan metaphorical or archetypal. I found the prose to be exceptionallyincisive and elegant in places; in fact sometimes the narrative was sointense for me that it was exhausting. The narrator felt very realistic in thatno matter how introspective he became, part of him always seemed toremain a mystery to himself, and Lee does not condescend to the readeror brutalize the prose by spelling it all out. The only other author Ive r ead
who can write characters that are both unusually self-analytical and blithely(and realistically) un-self-aware is Haruki Murakami (though the style of thewriting is totally different). For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!