Taipei

Taipei

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Following Paul from New York, where he comically navigates Manhattan's art and literary scenes, to Taipei, Taiwan, where he confronts his family's roots, we see one relationship fail, while another is born on the internet and blooms into an unexpected wedding in Las Vegas. Along the way --whether on all night drives up the East Coast, shoplifting excursions in the South, book readings on the West Coast, or ill advised grocery runs in Ohio --movies are made with laptop cameras, massive amounts of drugs are ingested, and two young lovers come to learn what it means to share themselves completely. The result is a suspenseful meditation on memory, love, and what it means to be alive, young, and on the fringe in America, or anywhere else for that matter.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Contemporaries,, [2013]
ISBN: 9780307950178
0307950174
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 21 cm

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hohkyo Feb 19, 2017

Very limited appeal; older readers just won't 'get' it, but even younger readers will find it confusing, pointless and frustrating.

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lukasevansherman
May 17, 2014

Is Tao Lin the most obnoxious writer working today? Here's a sample sentence from his latest novel: "Around 4:30 a.m., after deciding to use all their cocaine before leaving for the airport, they recorded Erin licking cocaine off Paul's testicles and serving cocaine off an iPhone to Paul reading a purple-covered Siddhartha. . ."
This nicely sums up what the book is about: a boring couple hanging out, doing drugs, having sex and using Apple technology. Lin is skillful at capturing the zeigeist of the post-literary era and in that sense, he is perhaps the quintessential contemporary writer, eschewing old values like plot, character or good writing in favor of almost blog-like posts about the minutiae of 21st century life, which involves a lot of proper nouns, from Raymond Carver to McDonald's to Kurt Cobain to Whole Foods. Bret Easton Ellis, who knows a thing or two about shallow writing, calls him "the most interesting prose stylist of his generation." Substitute "irritating" or "insufferable" and Ellis, who is name checked in the book, is right on the money. Lin's style has less affect than Steven Wright on downers and his irony is so deep and pervasive that it becomes strangely sincere. If literature is dead, Lin is the one-eyed king of whatever is left.

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shukadosen
Jul 24, 2013

Clancy Martin review NYTimes 6-30-13

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PennPal
Jun 24, 2013

just could not believe the self centered drivel

kept trying to find relevance,
as nieces, nephews & children of friends in same age group are contributing so much to others

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hohkyo Feb 19, 2017

hohkyo thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 20 and 30

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