Native Speaker

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  • Title: Native Speaker
  • Author: Chang-rae Lee Jessica Hische
  • ISBN: 9780143124306
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover

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Native Speaker

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547 thought on “Native Speaker

  1. This is a brilliant, thoughtful, subject packed, angst riddled, almost noir, teeters on the edge of soap opera, and finally, an excellent literary first novel by a very wise writer Native Speaker is powerful and superb.It is one of those novels where its strengths are also its weaknesses.Ostensibly, this is narrated by a very depressed second generation American, Korean American Henry Park Park is separated from his wife, separated from his son, separated from his Korean born father and mother, [...]


  2. I read Amy Tam and Sour Sweet, I suppose to have echoes from these Chinese immigrants decedents, but I felt nothing These authors haven t touched the point in your heart that you will share the same feelings However, in this book I could identify myself with him, the protagonist, identify the feeling even with Henry s father I understand it I believe that almost every immigrant had those thoughts from time to time Not only because that my face could pass as a Korean in most of Korean eyes and e [...]


  3. There were too many themes that just never connected I don t know if it was a story of immigrant alienation, political corruption or family tragedy And the writing was verbose My mind would wander while he was doing some long description and I would miss a major event like a bombing or a child s death then have to reread the section to find out what happened Then the book just ended with no real resolution Maybe that was the point, that life continues, or as his wise mother said, Over the mounta [...]


  4. I m surprised at how uneven this book is the writing is very inconsistent, and the characterizations are thin and uncompelling As for the plot, I can only assume that it was written with selling the movie rights in mind It borders on the ridiculous.And, it falls into one of my most hated cliches the dead baby story The baby died and then I suddenly found myself reevaluating my life The baby died and then my relationship was on the rocks The baby died and I almost lost my job The baby died and my [...]


  5. I really enjoyed this while I was reading it, but when I finished and tried to remember why I was going to give it four stars, the only reason I could come up with is that it wasn t about WWI or WWII, like nearly every other book I ve read this summer.Chang Rae Lee teaches creative writing at Princeton, and while I ve never taken a class with him, I hear he s a pretty great professor That coupled with the fact that my friend Tanya loves this book made it a must read I appreciated the way Lee too [...]


  6. What a fine book Native Speaker won the Hemmingway award for being the best first novel of a writer The author is Chang rae Lee who is the creative writing professor at Princeton University He immigrated when he was young to live in the United States I had my doubts that he could really identify with the Korean immigrant experience, since I too immigrated at an early age, but never really felt like I was on the outside looking in on American culture I m not sure if he did as well but the book de [...]


  7. A challenging look at race, self identity, assimilation or the lack thereof and being stuck in the interstices Lee writes lovely prose maybe just a wee melodramatic bogs down at times but a fast read despite its emotional heft He doesn t shy away from the awkwardly painful un pc although really, the wife is a bit sometimes I mean, who would EVER refer to their husband as yellow peril neo American


  8. Though I couldn t have predicted it from the first couple of chapters, this book ended up captivating me I found it hard to settle into the prose the beginning of the book seemed a little far fetched moles for hire really , and I wanted details about the overarching losses that so clearly framed the protagonist s life And yet the moment the author begins to dip into the protagonist s past the moment the book begins to consider family, tradition, immigration, belonging the moment his work become [...]


  9. So fortuitous that I read this now It s timely It s such an incredible feeling to read the right book at the right time.There were plot points that I felt didn t deserve five stars The writing definitely does, and this was a case where the end of the book redeemed the weakness of any earlier plot lines I felt dissatisfied with earlier The book definitely gets stronger and compelling as you continue reading In any case, despite its few weaknesses, it was the first thing I ve finished this year t [...]


  10. This novel is amazing I don t know how I could have missed it for almost 15 years The author is Korean born, raised and educated in the United States Yale, MFA from University of Oregon, now teaches at Princeton Henry Park, the main character, was raised in New York City by Korean immigrants, so as is usual in first novels, there is some autobiographical influence here Henry s father, who had been an electrical engineer in Korea, built up a successful chain of small grocery stores in the city an [...]


  11. Henry Park is a man of secrets Part of it is his Korean inheritance, assimilating with American culture in an almost seamless way, marrying an American wife And part of it is the fact that he is a spy It s a freelance operation that he is part of, doing covert jobs for any number of clients, and that work has contributed to a growing sense that Henry is losing his way He and his wife are separated, torn apart by the accidental death of their young son But Henry s work and his almost pathological [...]


  12. not really sure what i think about this book insightful The protagonist, Henry Park and Chang rae Lee himself had a much different experience growing up as a Korean American than I did Interesting how that is i no real ties to my Korean heritage, raised by altogether American parents some lingering Polish influence at best mainly in American suburbia what seems to be the life suck of immigrant culture Lee Park infinite ties to his heritage, raised by Korean parents in a city where Korean culture [...]


  13. If you ve heard me talk about Chang rae Lee s book, The Surrendered, you ll know I m simply enad of his work Native Speaker is his debut novel and I was excited to read it because it deals with the immigrant experience about being American, but nevertheless a perpetual outsider, from two worlds and belonging to neither It s the story of a Korean American, whose marriage with his white wife is on shaky ground, while his career leads him into dangerous paths that force him to choose loyalties betw [...]


  14. I liked this book much better on my second reading, twelve years later The writing is uneven at times especially in dialogue which is so funny, given the themes, that at times it s hard to tell if it s actually a deliberate technique and at the beginning too but lots of writers can t write a good beginning but it s a first novel, so Most people, I think, read it as a personal experience immigrant story, or the story of an unraveling marriage, and of course it is it s even a good immigrant story [...]


  15. The stiff manner of dialogue in this book really turned me off from the start, nothing seemed to have a heartbeat I was expecting to enjoy this story about an outsider looking in, trying to find home, but it came off as completely dry and humorless The story lacks momentum and the narrator has very little charm, he just seems self pitying and morose throughout Strangely enough, I respected his parents and kind of wished they wrote the book, particularly his mom who was constantly dropping pearls [...]


  16. I loved reading this book It took me a while to really get into it, but I love the fact that it describes the experience of being an immigrant so well.I like it much that the Junot Diaz book everyone loves so much, and I think speaking of the experience, of starting over in a country that is not yours, is an important one And if it is written as beautifully as this one, better still.


  17. Native Speaker utilizes a spy novel to explore the issues immigrants face in America But in trying to cross genres, it ended up feeling a little flat The spy portion which I m being overly generous using that term was never quite defined Henry Park s company does corporate espionage, for lack of a better term, but the company is broad brushed and his co workers tend to be vaporous The structure wasn t clear, and the references to his last assignment, which was partially viewed as a failure, is l [...]


  18. A friend recommended Native Speaker by Korean American writer Chang Rae Lee, so I picked it up in a used book store and forgot about it Then when I read Gary Shyteyngart s The Russian Debutante s Handbook, he thanked Chang Rae Lee for helping him become a novelist and that reminded me of the book on my shelf, so I picked it up read it Both Shytengart and Lee have written New York novels about identity in what is probably the most cosmopolitan city in the world Both novelists are also mainly conc [...]


  19. So all during my cross country tour for grad school interviews, this book I borrowed from Lauren was waiting for me in my suitcase I kept reading other things Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, No Reservations, and InStyle magazine, mainly Quick airport reads I m really glad I finally committed myself to reading this I was off to a slow start, but as the book progresses, the language becomes ever deliberate and ever beautiful I ve read a lot of contemporary fiction about the immigrant chil [...]


  20. Chang Rae Lee has some really beautiful turns of phrase, and his insight into the struggles of assimilating into the American culture is illuminating, but I still wonder if there aren t a hundred better ways to tell this story The main character is supposed to be outwardly cold and indistinguishable, and ultimately that s how I felt about the narrative The dialogue, in particular, irked me it was too stilted and over informative Nothing and no one in this book seemed realistic or particularly li [...]


  21. Henry Park is a model Korean American His father, a trained psychiatrist from the prestigious Seoul National University, immigrates to America to take up a noble, honorable profession grocer Henry, or Harry as he s called by friends, studies hard, obeys his parents and tries to find his balance as he tip toes between two worlds the ways of the old country and that of the new.As he grows older, Harry continues, as he would say, marching west , always marching west He winces at the thought of kong [...]


  22. I veer between three and four stars It didn t leave me unaffected there is a grace in Lee s style, and from the very first pages one settles into the prose, trusting its soft, contemporary elegance But overall, Native Speaker seems to be a great, absurd fiction spun as cover for a memoir as if the melodramatic the plot and here it is far too melodramatic, consciously so , the easier it is to mask a true story But the book fools no one Lee could have written his memoir alone, and it would have r [...]


  23. On Such A Full Sea is probably the only dystopian novel I ve read in the last five years that I ve enjoyed, so I tagged Lee as an author I wanted to read again This, his debut novel, is his most acclaimed work, so why not It s the story of a Korean American man living in New York City named Henry Park Henry is struggling with his job, which is some weird CIA esque position where he gains the confidence of various people and files reports on them He s also still recovering from the tragic death o [...]


  24. The most insightful book of the year of my own judgement Maybe because I am Korean There are so many issues to think about Especially,Korean immigrant experiences that are not yet unseen or untold The first generation of immigrant, a father A proud, intelligent Korean man comes to America to be a grocer in New York He hides his proud, emotions, but only shows stiff strength, cold business mind The second generation, a Korean American son, Henry Park He is a epitome of confused between He struggl [...]


  25. I am at a loss for words.For so long, I winced at the idea of reading Native Speaker Native Speaker being my idea of Woman Warrior or Joy Luck Club for Korean Americans Native Speaker being a story about a hyphenated American, struggling with a dual identity, trying to assimilate into a society that alienates you I was so wrong Somehow, Native Speaker touched me, spoke to me in a sincere, truthful way.All the characters had enough complexity to keep me very interested Henry Park was consistently [...]


  26. Packed with all the emotions of angst, anxiety, anger, and everything that comes along with exploring what it means to assimilate into the wonderful melting pot that is multicultural liberal America read white supremacist , Native Speaker does its job It is a novel of layered meanings with meanings beneath meanings It attempts to address race relations, the contradictory American myth, and the violent realities of people of color and immigrants in white America Yet, the novel written by a Korean [...]


  27. We live in an era where ethnic American writers are supposed to go over a few talking points establishing their own identity, coping with the pressures of an immigrant family, and a celebration of the multiethnic, democratic America In Native Speaker, the protagonist radically fails to establish his own identity, despises his father but realizes that his worldview is still shaped by these nightmarish, arbitrary Confucian doctrines, and the multiethnic, democratic America is chaotic and corrupt A [...]


  28. Native Speaker is one of those novels that gets into a narrator s head, and is therefore best read in as few sittings as possible so as to sustain the tone and mood established by this narration The story, in brief, deals with the narrator s childhood in a Korean American family, his marriage to a white woman, and his work in a secretive organization.I was most interested in the marital strife that the narrator, Henry Park, and his wife Leila endure in the aftermath of a loved one s death The di [...]


  29. Maybe it was the right book at the right time in my life, but this one was perfect Lee examines many of life s major obstacles and does so with grace and eloquence He begins with a failing marriage then delves into questions of nationality, heritage, collective v individual societies, and moral relativism Those who have visited Korea or lived with Korean people will especially enjoy Lee, a Korean American, but he also appeals to anyone who has ever watched a relationship die, struggled to overco [...]


  30. What a beautiful undulating mess of prose ReadingNative Speakeryou will feel as if you are speaking several languages at once Somehow Chang rae Lee recreates Babel using english and a little korean to get him there Nevertheless, while the ebb and flow of syntax was very interesting to follow, this lacked much in terms of diction The tone almost never changed, even at the height of the drama It remained the same melancholy, muted, and monotonous The tone of the narrator was so careful and calcula [...]


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