Barbarians Are Coming / Edition 1

Barbarians Are Coming / Edition 1

by David Wong Louie
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Barbarians Are Coming / Edition 1

Winner of the 2000 Book Award in Prose from the Association for American Studies and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award for 2002!

The award-winning author of Pangs of Love triumphs with "a work that manages to be consistently funny, infinitely sad, and surprisingly exhilarating... truly memorable." (Newsday)

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ISBN-13: 2900425178286
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Barbarians Are Coming 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
enjoyed it immensely. period. he needs to write more. exclamation. just started to read books by asian american authors-- and a lot are so asian absorbed-- and though sterling is an asian it's more ABC (american born chinese) where it can be relateble even to those who are not asian.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be incredibly boring and long. The entire book is extremely dragged out and the character leads an incredibly mundane life- He does nothing interesting and his thoughts are never interesting. The author went on for pages talking about absolutely nothing. I kept reading the book thinking something good would happen, but it never did. This book is an incredible waste of time. I wish I had never read it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Sterling Lung grew up in the back of his parents¿ Chinese laundry. His parents expected Sterling to attend medical school so he could become a doctor. When he rejected their choice to attend a culinary school, Sterling¿s parents felt he dishonored them.

Now twenty-six, Sterling¿s goal in life is to become the All-American male. However, he will soon find his roots, love interest, and employer pulling at him from different directions. His parents have chosen his Chinese bride, but Sterling wants to make his own selection. He feels very strongly that he is not ready to marry. His girlfriend wants Sterling to commit to a more meaningful relationship, but he is not ready to do so since she is in Iowa studying dentistry. His employer wants him to cook genuine Chinese cuisine, but Sterling studied French cuisine. He will have to ¿Americanize¿ the genuine taste. If he honors the wishes of others, Sterling dishonors his own desires.

THE BARBARIANS ARE COMING is an incredible tale that provides the audience insight into the discord confronting Chinese-Americans. Sterling is a wonderful protagonist, but it is the support cast that brings him to life. His parents¿ paradoxical philosophy towards their son is extremely interesting, as they want him to make it in America while remaining Chinese. This cacophony will remind readers of their descendants¿ struggle between the ¿old country¿ and the Americanization of the children. David Wong Louie shows a clever talent that uses wit to describe the inner desires and conflict of his characters.

Harriet Klausner