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Yellowface door R. F. Kuang
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Yellowface (origineel 2023; editie 2023)

door R. F. Kuang (Auteur)

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After the death of her literary rival in a freak accident, author June Hayward steals her just-finished masterpiece, sending it to her agent as her own work, but as emerging evidence threatens her success, she discovers how far she'll go to keep what she thinks she deserves.
Lid:angiestahl
Titel:Yellowface
Auteurs:R. F. Kuang (Auteur)
Info:Fabryka Słów (2023), 429 pages
Verzamelingen:2024 reads, Read, Borrowed, Gelezen, maar niet in bezit
Waardering:**1/2
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Yellowface: A Novel door R.F. Kuang (2023)

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    nessreader: Both about race, writing, and publishing
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This is a grim and also funny book about the lifestyle of a bestselling author. The protagonist, June Hayward, watches her successful writer friend Athena Liu die in an accident in the first chapter, then takes her unpublished manuscript and successfully sells it as her own. June makes some awful decisions and is repeatedly confronted with the consequences of her actions; there’s also some wickedly vicious commentary on the perception of Chinese culture and especially Chinese history in today’s America (and I don’t think that other Western countries would be very different). It’s a short but compulsive read; you can’t quite believe that June has got herself into a position where her career success depends on a gruesome lie, but you can absolutely believe the contortions that follow. ( )
  nwhyte | Feb 24, 2024 |
Heard a lot about this book and received a copy for the holidays. Learned a bit about another view on the joys of being a published author, as well as a tangled tale of author ownership. Also was a great use of my Asian Studies major back in the day. Will keep my eye out for more by this author. ( )
  bookczuk | Feb 24, 2024 |
I devoured this in two sittings and was shrieking the whole time- it’s a snarky, satirical masterpiece that pulls no punches as Kuang examines white privilege, the publishing industry, and the exploitation of stories that belong to other people. Kuang never fails to impress and leave me with a whole multitude of things to think about and reconsider. ( )
  deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
Book Review: YellowFace Stars: 2 x 5 Author: R.F Kuang Publisher: @williammorrowbooks I really wanted to like this book. I had read all the hype about how wonderful it was and for me it was not. Maybe it was that my expectations were too high. I thought the story was fascinating, one author taking another author‘s manuscript for her own after the one dies. One being Caucasian and the other being Chinese-American. I felt the end of the book was unfinished and felt disappointed. The author does do an excellent job detailing what is a cynical satire that explores plagiarism, racism, and internet trolling.

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  Kimberly103164 | Feb 22, 2024 |
Hmmm...ever had the curtain pulled back on how an industry works (in this case, publishing), or a person's motivations/how they think and you wish you'd remained in the dark?

That's how I felt after reading this and I don't think I'm overly naive or idealistic.

The main character exploits a tragedy for her personal gain, gets notoriety and wealth out of it, and then paints herself as a victim when she's found out. The only possibly sympathetic person in the entire book was the grieving mother--no one else.

Twitter/X, the publishing world and those in its orbit, including the booktok, bookstagram, bookfluencer 'channels' for creating book buzz among readers - total turnoff - I don't want any part of this world or the people in it.

At the heart of this book is a primary question: who has the 'the right' to tell a story? And there's a secondary question too: who has 'the right' to tell another person's story?

Although you can pretty well guess where the author stands given the book title, the amount of moralizing about white people victimizing Asians, and cultural misappropriation is not only tiresome, it misses the plot:

Stealing is stealing. Taking someone else's ideas and work and passing them off as yours is wrong, no matter who's doing the taking and who's been taken from. In this case, the taker was non-Asian AND/BUT:

1) What if the story-stealer had been half-Asian? Or black? Or Japanese instead of Chinese? Does that change anything? If so, what and why? (The author presents a really shallow situation and setup and then spikes the ball...interesting question with no nuance here AT ALL.)

2) There are asides throughout that the fictional writer of the book whose untimely death with a manuscript in progress opens the story was herself a 'stealer' of other people's stories and passing them off as her own. The author raises this several time, but never addresses or resolves it - so, what does she think? Who knows beyond 'white people bad.'

TLDR: This could have been a thoughtful and empathetic exploration of ideas via fiction through which I'd come away with more nuanced understanding. Instead, I felt this book is a bait and switch. It's the equivalent of buying US Weekly expecting to incisive social commentary on celebrity privilege and wealth or watching Dr. Phil to view philosophical debates--the experience didn't match the window dressing. ( )
  angiestahl | Feb 12, 2024 |
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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
R.F. Kuangprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Laser, HelenVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Mitchell, SuzanneCasting director, exec. producerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd

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After the death of her literary rival in a freak accident, author June Hayward steals her just-finished masterpiece, sending it to her agent as her own work, but as emerging evidence threatens her success, she discovers how far she'll go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

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