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.