Sex and Vanity

Sex and Vanity

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"The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with a glittering tale of love and longing as a young woman finds herself torn between two worlds--the WASP establishment of her father's family and George Zao, a man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with. On her very first morning on the jewel-like island of Capri, Lucie Churchill sets eyes on George Zao and she instantly can't stand him. She can't stand it when he gallantly offers to trade hotel rooms with her so that she can have the view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she can't stand that he knows more about Curzio Malaparte than she does, and she really can't stand it when he kisses her in the darkness of the ancient ruins of a Roman villa and they are caught by her snobbish, disapproving cousin, Charlotte. "Your mother is Chinese so it's no surprise you'd be attracted to someone like him," Charlotte teases. Daughter of an American-born-Chinese mother and blue-blooded New York father, Lucie has always sublimated the Asian side of herself in favor of the white side, and she adamantly denies having feelings for George. But several years later, when George unexpectedly appears in East Hampton where Lucie is weekending with her new fiance, Lucie finds herself drawn to George again. Soon, Lucy is spinning a web of deceit that involves her family, her fiance, the co-op board of her Fifth Avenue apartment, and ultimately herself as she tries mightily to deny George entry into her world--and her heart. Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, Sex and Vanity is a truly modern love story, a daring homage to A Room with a View, and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures."--Publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2020
Branch Call Number: FICTION KWA
Characteristics: 336 p.; 25 cm


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Jan 19, 2021

I loved the Crazy Rich Asian trilogy, but this new book has no plot and no humour. The characters are not well developed at all and you know the story line after reading the blurb on the cover. No need to read the book. The only reason I am giving it two stars is mildly amusing descriptions of how rich folks live.

Jan 15, 2021

I loved Sex & Vanity! If you enjoyed the Crazy Rich Asian trilogy you will enjoy this one! Not the same characters but several friends/family/cousins of the original trilogy are mentioned. Insanely rich and affluent families navigating the modern world kicking things off at a lavish & wild wedding in Capri!

Dec 12, 2020

It was a fun read, but the rich people were so shallow. I still don't understand how the main character Lucie was so admirable that she got the richest bachelor and the rich progressive George to pursue her. I just read another review here and they are spot on. I was confounded about why it seems so familiar and A Room With A View is being channeled in this book. I find Lucie like Astrid in the first books, so rich, stylish, and pretty but lacking.

Nov 15, 2020

Crazy Rich Asians trilogy truly raised the bar. I was highly anticipating the latest novel from Kevin Kwan but could not understand what happened here. There was so little character development from the main two protagonists. Instead we are reading background information and lives of side characters that don’t really contribute to the main story whatever that was intended to be. Not my favorite unfortunately since I absolute loved Crazy Rich Asians.

Nov 09, 2020

I enjoyed this latest book from the Crazy Rich Asians author. It was a fun read, nice to distract yourself from COVID woes. There are some fun travel parts which might help people feel better. Also the romance with light and flirty. The characters and plot didnt seem as fleshed out as the CRA trilogy however it was still a fun read. It will be interesting to see if he writes another one as i think there is a possibility for more with this family. There were also some small mentions of characters in the CRA trilogy as well. The one at the end of the book (make sure you read the footnotes) made me laugh out loud and have to put the book down for a minute! Over all do not regret reading it at all. Fun to pass the time!

Nov 06, 2020

Not worth the wait. I was expecting something like the Crazy Asian trilogy of humour, pathos and fun but this was just so terrible. I almost did not finish but thought perhaps the author might redeem himself in the last half but no such luck.

mazinwhistler Nov 04, 2020

If you were a fan of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, Kevin Kwan's new book 'Sex and Vanity' is for you. Another melodramatic story of love, crazy family relationships, sex, money, race and status that takes you an ride to the world of the super wealthy. A great escape from current reality - super fun, easy and quick to read.

Nov 01, 2020

I can't stomach this book. I love the Crazy Rich Asian trilogy! They were funny, entertaining and addictive but this book is so friggin dull and boring. I can stand how he puts the characters' education in brackets. Really?? I get that vanity is in the title but.. Really?

Sep 28, 2020

I thought the three "Crazy Rich Asians" books were brilliant romantic comedy gold. Unfortunately, this new book by Kevin Kwan is good, but not as golden. I'm not certain if Kwan simply ran out of ideas or if he wanted to try a cute literary experiment; however, the fact remains that this book is a character-for-character and scene-for-scene copy of E.M. Forester's more famous romantic comedy "A Room with a View." I found the principle characters, Lucie (Forester's Lucy) and George (Forester's George), mostly dull and flat. Still, I enjoyed Kwan's trademark subtle skewering of modern rich culture and his lavish descriptions of exotic weddings and chic designer fashions that I'll never be able to afford. The last half of the book is much better than the first half.

Sep 19, 2020

This is a light hearted quick read. I was in a very dark mood and didn’t even enjoy reading when I started this book. It really helped lifted my mood with its silly outrageous characters. There’s some drama (why wouldn’t there be? It’s about rich people who tried to impress each other) but not a lot of stressful tensions (I have enough stress in real life and does not need to add more anxiety from reading fiction stories). There’s a little bit of a theme about cultural clash between the West and the East and finding oneself but nothing too heavy. The references to Hong Kong celebrities in the 90s brought back some good memories. I did have to use google quite a bit as I’ve never been to the places or heard of some the names that were mentioned in the book (poor me -pun intended-as I can’t afford to visit or own anything from these places/people). I really enjoyed it and it was a fun read.

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