Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.
This week’s book:
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
Blurb from Goodreads
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. 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 highest aspiration he can imagine for a Chinatown denizen. Or is it?
After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he’s ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family, and what that means for him, in today’s America.
Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes—Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet.
Why I Want To Read It
I hope everyone had or is having a great start to the week! Today is the second to the last Monday of November; the next Monday is the last day of the month. Wow, we’re literally rushing towards December and the end of this somehow very dark year. Nonetheless, I hope everyone is going to be showered with blessings this coming holiday season. The Philippines is already all prepped up. Notwithstanding the presence of the contagion, Filipinos remain optimistic of the future, and of course, the holiday season.
As it is Monday, it is also time for another Goodreads Monday post. This time around, I am featuring Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown. It is actually the most recent addition to my to be read list. I guess everyone can tell why I added it to my TBR list. Over the weekends, it was declared as the winner of the National Book Award for Fiction! Interestingly, it is the third consecutive Asian-American work to win the prestigious award.
More interestingly, despite the prestigious award’s lengthy list of winners, I have only read six of the winning fictional works, the latest of which was Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow. I also read the 1997 winner, Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, this year. In immersing in Interior Chinatown (which I just ordered online), I hope to introduced to more winners of the National Book Awards.
How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!.