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Sex and Vanity

af Kevin Kwan

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I really liked Kwan's other 3 books: Rich Asian Series, but this was a huge disappointment.

Isabel, a Über-rich young Chinese (of course) woman is getting married on the Isle of Capri and has invited, Lucie, a younger 1/2 Chinese (also rich) girl she once babysat to the wedding. Lucie brings along a nasty-rude braggart chaperone, who misses no opportunity to complain, make snide remarks about Lucie's heritage, and is totally into one-upmanship.

Lucie meets George, whom she detests (he's another rich Chinese)...

So it's all about name dropping, excess, pedigree and who's doing who.

I did not like the characters, not even Lucie, she was flat & colorless. I also did not like the footnotes, which distracted me (and I can't imagine the point) nor did I like that upon introduction of each character Kwan listed everyone's pedigree next to their names in parenthesis; that would have been better suited at the begging of the book as a preface, as in biographies.

So very unimpressed and Über disappointed. I most likely will not read another. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Feb 11, 2021 |
I was so excited to get my hands on this book because, in the middle of this pandemic summer, I was excited about the idea of some fun, light-hearted reading that's still literary in a sense and Kevin Kwan is a master at this. However, Sex and Vanity just did not do it for me :(. I feel like this book would be an art historian or an art fan's dream but for me, I felt most of the references were over my head. I could not quite connect with Lucie as I did with the characters in the CRA series (although I loved the cameos). The footnotes felt more like an encyclopedia entry to me compared to other books and I stopped reading them by Chapter 8. It's still juice and made me laugh but I just wasn't as connected to the story ( especially compared to CRA) and felt myself glazing and skipping over descriptions and pages. ( )
  sunshine608 | Feb 2, 2021 |
It had its moments. Not as much fun as Crazy Rich. Author seemed bored with the book. ( )
  shazjhb | Nov 17, 2020 |
I really tried to finish it. I mean, I'm practically done—why stop? OMG, I just can't anymore with this book. It's not worth another minute of my time. I'm bailing at 79%.
  joyblue | Sep 14, 2020 |
Kevin Kwan does his own take on [A Room with a View]. Lucie is half Chinese and has always felt out of step with her father's affluential New York family who are inordinately proud of being able to trace their ancestors back to the Mayflower. When she goes to Italy for her friend's elaborate wedding week, she takes her older cousin Charlotte as her plus one on her mother's suggestion. While in Capri Lucie meets George Zao who fascinates her in spite of herself. However a single scandalous moment between them is the cause of a multitude of misunderstandings when they bump into each other again five years later.

As with any contemporary retelling of classic novels, there's much joy here for readers who enjoyed the original novel and also enjoy Kwan's take on the richest of the rich. There are beautiful descriptions of Italy, New York, and the Hamptons with several scenes of opulence achievable only for the 1%. There's also the fascinating character interplay as we watch Lucie at nineteen and twenty-four grappling with who she is and who she wants to be. Kwan doesn't hesitate to swap out the class issues of Forster's novel for examining microagressions and racism, even among the family with whom one should feel safe. Kwan also makes multiple subtle nods to his obvious literary influences including my favourite, blink and you'll miss it [Pride and Prejudice] reference. Recommended for fans of Kwan's writing who have at least passing familiarity with [A Room with a View]. ( )
  MickyFine | Sep 8, 2020 |
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