Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lee's New Direction

Chang-Rae Lee's fifth novel On Such a Full Sea, is a significant departure from his other works which all had a firm footing in realism.  On Such a Full Sea is set in a dystopian future in the United States, based in a city called B-Mor, and focuses on a young woman named Fan.  I was very intrigued by the beginning of the novel, but it lost my interest toward the end.  I have never been a fan of novels bordering on the sci-fi, as this one does.  Nonetheless, Lee's writing is well-crafted, and the oddness of the story drew me in, plus he explores major themes such as individualism versus the common good.  I would recommend starting with Lee's Native Speaker or Aloft, both of which I enjoyed immensely. 

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