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Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) (edição 2020)

por Charles Yu (Autor)

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"One of the funniest books of the year has arrived, a delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire." --The Washington Post "Fresh and beautiful . . . Interior Chinatown represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition." --Jeff VanderMeer, The New York Times Book Review From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: He's merely Generic Asian man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but he is always relegated to a prop. Yet every day he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He's a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy--the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. At least that's what he has been told, time and time again. Except by one person, his mother. Who says to him: Be more.   Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes, Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu's most moving, daring, and masterly novel yet.… (mais)
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Título:Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Autores:Charles Yu (Autor)
Informação:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (2020), 288 pages
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Interior Chinatown por Charles Yu

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Finished this story. It is a short read, set around different stereotypes of Asians. I did't really connect to the story. I've read a lot of immigrant stories and this is another in that line. I don't know what it is like to be an immigrant but it also seems like the experience of the immigrant has a lot that is universal so maybe there needs to be a way in which people can be helped to smoothly transition. But also, perhaps what the person thinks isn't exactly the facts either. I think the author does try to make this point in this short work. Anyway, this is our f2f book for October. So will see what discussion brings about and of course must have food from the Golden Palace. ( )
  Kristelh | Oct 7, 2021 |
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2020
  Paraguaytea | Sep 25, 2021 |
This book is quite different. While the protagonist is an Asian American, he is always cast as a generic Asian man, in real life and in Hollywood. The novel blurs the lines between real and imaginary. It pushes the reader to think about stereotypes. ( )
  rmarcin | Sep 14, 2021 |
Rarely is a small book so generous with the truth all wrapped in a velvet glove of humor. It would be a mistake to be put off by its format - we are all, after all, the writers, directors, and actors in our own movies. Rewarding in every aspect - satire, social commentary, coming of age, love story, Hollywood send-up. Recommended. ( )
  Lemeritus | Sep 6, 2021 |
audio fiction (4 hours) struggling Chinese actor trying to succeed in Hollywood, racism.

this started out kind of fun/interesting but some of the narrator's voices are really obnoxious (there are sound effects, but all the characters are voiced by the same person with fair but still limited range), plus the main character is bitter and whiny--understandable considering what Hollywood is like for Asian faces, but not that likeable to start with. I had less than an hour left but couldn't take it anymore when the author transitioned the character's life into a BAD children's tv show. Ugh--no more, please.

The audio is NOT recommended but you may have better luck with this book in print (it has good reviews) since that lets you control how you read each voice (and perhaps skim over certain parts). ( )
  reader1009 | Aug 31, 2021 |
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Charles Yu’s funny and surreal new novel, Interior Chinatown, hijacks the leaden tropes of Hollywood and the bare form of screenwriting to excavate the inner life of an Asian American man struggling to repudiate the hard-baked boundaries of marginalization.... Willis embodies the ambient anxiety of lacking an explicit identity—Asian Americans take up what Cathy Park Hong calls “apologetic space”—which Yu gestures toward humorously in these ironic naming choices. Willis’s mother once was a Pretty Oriental Flower and a Restaurant Hostess, his father a Kung Fu Master and an Egg Roll Cook....Getting cast as Kung Fu Guy was never the challenge Willis made it out to be. What actually eludes him—and his family, friends, and neighbors who populate Interior Chinatown—is real, emotional freedom.... there are a few places where we catch its glimmers: a karaoke song performed while intoxicated, a love that has forgiving margins, an identity that asserts itself without performance.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarThe Rumpus, Jessica Fu (Jun 24, 2020)
 
On the surface, Yu’s title refers to a location setting, in this case a generic Chinese restaurant in a generic Chinatown in a fictional police series entitled White and Black. The protagonist Willis Wu, a veteran of bit parts ranging from Disgraced Son to Striving Immigrant, finds himself at a murder scene in a family restaurant playing yet another variation of Generic Asian Man.... Yu freely weaves satire with social commentary, speculative fiction with identity politics. Without leaving its fantasy world, the story often turns bracingly real. Though much of his protagonist’s insecurities are narrowly focused—not just Asian, but specifically Asian American—his accumulation of concerns becomes surprisingly and relatably inclusive.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarAsian Review of Books, Ken Smith (Mar 8, 2020)
 
CHARLES YU SPECIALIZES in ferreting out that peculiar angle, that spark of the unexpected, that re-illumination of an otherwise age-old narrative, and then taking that fantastical story element and spreading it horizontally until it coats the entirety of his writing’s universe. In other words, he writes in conceit.... It’s speculative in its surreal setting. It’s family drama in the centrality of family relationships. It’s satire in its political and social commentary. It’s comedic. It’s literary. It’s weird and experimental. It’s an identity story couched in a kind of a fantasy setting, a kind of a George Saundersesque alternate reality. It’s all of those things, but maybe mostly, it’s allegory. And Yu does allegory as well as anybody, taking an outrageous concept and using it to communicate the dire mundanity and the resonant emotional struggles of the human experience.
 
An acid indictment of Asian stereotypes and a parable for outcasts feeling invisible in this fast-moving world.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarKirkus Reviews (Oct 28, 2019)
 
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This is no place for a romance. This is a place for the police to find dead bodies. This is a place where day and night are interchangeable, where we don’t know who we are allowed to be, from one day to the next. How do we have a love story in a place like this?
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You say moonlit strolls along the water are supposed to be romantic and she says this isn’t a place, it’s an idea, a generic romantic setting and you say well they don’t call me Generic Asian Man for nothing and you laugh at yourself and this time it’s easier and she laughs, too. This time instead of her making you laugh, you made her laugh and that feels good, making this person laugh, and you tell her that.
She notices you rehearsing. “Will? What are you doing?” “Being in love with you.” “No, you’re not. You’re falling in love.” “Same thing.” “Not the same thing,” she says. “Falling in love is a story.”
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"One of the funniest books of the year has arrived, a delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire." --The Washington Post "Fresh and beautiful . . . Interior Chinatown represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition." --Jeff VanderMeer, The New York Times Book Review From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: He's merely Generic Asian man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but he is always relegated to a prop. Yet every day he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He's a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy--the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. At least that's what he has been told, time and time again. Except by one person, his mother. Who says to him: Be more.   Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes, Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu's most moving, daring, and masterly novel yet.

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