Free Food for Millionaires

Free Food for Millionaires Casey Han s four years at Princeton gave her many things But no job and a number of bad habits Casey s parents who live in Queens are Korean immigrants working in a dry cleaner desperately trying

  • Title: Free Food for Millionaires
  • Author: Min Jin Lee
  • ISBN: 9780446581080
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Casey Han s four years at Princeton gave her many things, But no job and a number of bad habits Casey s parents, who live in Queens, are Korean immigrants working in a dry cleaner, desperately trying to hold on to their culture and their identity Their daughter, on the other hand, has entered into rarified American society via scholarships But after graduation, CaseyCasey Han s four years at Princeton gave her many things, But no job and a number of bad habits Casey s parents, who live in Queens, are Korean immigrants working in a dry cleaner, desperately trying to hold on to their culture and their identity Their daughter, on the other hand, has entered into rarified American society via scholarships But after graduation, Casey sees the reality of having expensive habits without the means to sustain them As she navigates Manhattan, we see her life and the lives around her, culminating in a portrait of New York City and its world of haves and have nots Free Food For Millionaires offers up a fresh exploration of the complex layers we inhabit both in society and within ourselves Inspired by 19th century novels such as Vanity Fair and Middlemarch, Min Jin Lee examines maintaining one s identity within changing communities in what is her remarkably assured debut.

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    1. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.Unlike the majority of the reviewers, I liked Casey Han. I found her pursuit of higher education, materialism, desire for religion, lust, need for independence, mass credit card debt, love of fashion, and the way she constantly seemed to disappoint her family quite realistic. Despite the fact that Casey is willing to walk away from her family, her cheating American boyfriend, her Korean boyfriend, and refuses help offered by her long-time family friend all in the n [...]

    2. Update 7/15: I'm not reading any further. I just can't stand the way Lee writes. It's like Edith Wharton's clumsy cousin wrote a book, and then piped it through a Babelfish translator into chicklit cliches circa 2001. With a small dash of Korean culture for seasoning. An unsympathetic protagonist is a challenge for any novelist, but especially for one who writes so horribly. Sure, Lee has won a number of prizes and the book's been well reviewed in a number of places, but I just couldn't read it. [...]

    3. if i'd actually paid attention when i was applying to college, this might be an accurate reflection of my life. and if i was korean. and if i was religious. and if i liked making hats."free food" follows the post-college years of casey han, a queens-born ivy league grad who's undergoing one of those infamous "quarter-life" crises. the author, lee, keeps you interested by letting you peek into the minds of her employers, boyfriends, family, and friendse also gets the "1st generation asian" story [...]

    4. I had been waiting for a long time to read the book. It was a page turner, peopled by overachieving kalbi eaters (my kind of people), full of sex, and ultimately not all that. Actually it was kind of weak. Maybe it's me, but major plotlines involving getting internships while in business school (oh, sorry, B school) are not the stuff of dreams. And how many love triangles/illicit love affairs/star-crossed romances can a 550+ page book support? Apparently less than seven? The characters were intr [...]

    5. This is an epic length novel that's not an epic. It's a portrayal of life within the ambitious and high achieving Korean-American community in New York City during the 1990s. The book also aspires to be a romance novel of the 19th century style but with modern mores (i.e. lots of sex and not so much marriage). As one would expect the conflict between traditional Korean and urban American culture is examined. Another theme are differences between those who are wealthy and those who wish they were [...]

    6. Most of my reading is contemporary lit fiction. Keeping that in mind, I disagree with allegations that this is chicklit or poorly written (which wasn't the view of the NYT Book Review either, btw). For me, this novel was thoroughly engaging--hard to put down, full of charm and wit, and rich with interesting interludes into characters' backgrounds. Yes, the way that it goes into those characters' backgrounds is modeled on 19th century novels, but I didn't find that dull -- for me, the book has en [...]

    7. ***SPOILERS***SPOILERS***SPOILERS***This book could have been trimmed by about 100 pages, but nonetheless I enjoyed it in the way I enjoy Guiding Light. Will they kiss? Oh my the unaccepted boyfriend is going to make a scene with her parents! Oh my! This soap opera of a novel takes us through the life of a young Korean-American Princeton graduate who's surrounded by other upwardly mobile Ivy graduates while she herself perpetually can't get out of debt on account of her shopping addiction.The fi [...]

    8. At a whopping 600-plus pages, the "poverty" theme felt like constant hammerblows, which was just tiresome (for a contrast as to how "poverty" can be rendered thematically in narrative that will touch you to the bone, check out Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina). Casey the protagonist, as complex as she is, seems to veer between two extremes: being unhappy and whiny about not having any money and being unhappy and whiny when she's being offered help with money. She's unhappy and whiny eve [...]

    9. *2012.e year I gave out so many five star ratings, I'm shocking even myself.* This book has been called by one reviewer the 'post-feminist' version of 'Bonfire of the Vanities'. Others have panned it because the characters are unlikeable to them. My own experience is I didn't want the book to end. I'm still thinking about Casey, Leah, Unu, Ella and the other fully formed characters--even minor ones-- that seemed to step off the page. Not only is this a novel of the Korean-American experience and [...]

    10. Completely absorbing--I was eager to return to these characters each night as my treat after a long day. Loved the omniscient point of view; it's rare in the fiction I read that I can get inside the mind of each character, and so unlike my normal life where I only get to know what I'm thinking. The author moves so deftly between characters too, even within the same paragraph. I've read clunkier versions where each chapter heading is a new character and their voice alone, but Lee seamlessly shift [...]

    11. I LOVED this book! After reading and loving PACHINKO last spring, I knew I would need to come back to read this one and I am so so so happy that I did. Casey is such a flawed character, but she's flawed in so many of the same ways that I am.d this made me love her so so so much. She may just be my new favorite book character, with her stubbornness and unwillingness to do what is expected of her. I love the way this book addresses immigration and class and wealth, too. The gambling addiction of a [...]

    12. finished this book--and, I think I finished it just so I could be really thorough in any descriptions of why I disliked it so much. Min Lee is writing in one of my favorite genres--something like the upward mobility/bildungsroman for the scholarship student, but that's about all that I find to recommend this book. If I had to sum up quickly--this book takes itself REALLY seriously, and is INTENSELY UNHUMOROUS. Not that she has to be funny, necessarily, but this is also a book that meditates upon [...]

    13. A combination of chick-lit, a story of migration and generations, and a commentary on socioeconomic hierarchy (in the US and in Korea). That it takes place in NY and involves Korean culture makes it even more interesting for me.It's true that Casey, the main character, makes one bad decision after another, and that makes me dislike her at times. But overall I think that this exemplifies a major strength of the book: it has a very sophisticated undercurrent of reality, where real people, particul [...]

    14. This isn’t the kind of book I’d pick up by myself to read for fun, honestly. Fantasy, chick lit, romance, those are more my things, and I enjoy gritty realism less than I enjoy English tea (which is not very much, all things considered). But a lot of my friends spoke very highly of the book, and it was the first selection for a friend’s book club, so I hunkered down after finals to start reading it with the aim of finishing it before the New Year.And man. This was a long book. It was also [...]

    15. For starters, here is 's review:"Casey Han's four years at Princeton gave her many things, 'But no job and a number of bad habits.' Casey's parents, who live in Queens, are Korean immigrants working in a dry cleaner, desperately trying to hold on to their culture and their identity. Their daughter, on the other hand, has entered into rarified American society via scholarships. But after graduation, Casey sees the reality of having expensive habits without the means to sustain them. As she naviga [...]

    16. Perhaps I just don’t get it since it’s modeled after 19th century novels and I tend to stick with contemporary writers. But if 19th century novel means writing that lacks depth, preposterous dialogue, a repellent protagonist, and prose that flows like backed up pipes, I think I’ll stick with Masterpiece Theatre for my fill of the Victorian era.Lee was so narrowly focused on recreating the Victorian style that she failed to develop a style of her own. Instead, the writing strikes as fancifu [...]

    17. I picked this up because it got a glowing review in the NYT, and because the blurb made it sound like the exact kind of thing I would be interested in: the daughter of poor Korean immigrants, who made it to Princeton and now hopes for a career as an investment banker; the immigrant experience, the intersection of social classes and ethnic groups. Those elements were there, but where I was expecting an in-depth exploration of them, what I got was a melodramatic soap opera—and a poorly written o [...]

    18. The protagonist of this well-told tale is a bright young woman, independent-minded, a Princeton graduate, interning unhappily in a Wall Street financial firm, applying to grad school without enthusiasm, ricocheting among boyfriends, more interested in fashions than anything. She is not quite lovable, but she's recognizable. Her Korean-born parents, living a simple hard-working immigrant life in a Korean community, are miles away from her, culturally. That's something that many of us can recogniz [...]

    19. I love novels with huge scope and unforgettable characterizations, and what makes this so awesome is how many of the finely detailed and distinct characters are women. Such a pleasure to read that you slow down near the end so it won't be over (but I still read it in two days, because it is excellent. That was kind of a mistake. It's very long.)

    20. The girl had no cash left and no backup plans. The most hilarious thing about this girl was that she was too proud to use whatever connections she might have made. Her arrogance stunned him; he almost admired it She was acting like a rich white girl, and Ted knew that life did not let you lie to yourself for very long.***Spoilers***Free Food for Millionaires is an easy enough read but is it interesting enough to keep the reader's attention at 560 pages? That is the question I kept returning to a [...]

    21. I first read "Free Food for Millionaires" over 10 years ago and picked it up again recently. I very rarely re-read novels and Min Jin Lee joins John Le Carre, Natsuo Kirino, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and maybe a couple of others. It is not surprising that the protagonist, Casey Han, is a fan of Anthony Trollope, George Elliot and the Bronte sisters--like the big novels of the 19th century, "FFfM" is a sprawling narrative that follows the loves and careers of many characters, some described so we [...]

    22. I'm surprised by the negative reviews here, but of course everyone has different tastes in books, so I'll have to chalk it up to different strokes for different folks. As a second generation Asian American woman, I could instantly relate to the heroine in this story. The only other book that captured the second generation immigrant experience as well is Jhumpa Lahiri's book, "The Namesake." You're forever caught between the expectations of your hard-working immigrant parents who emigrated to Ame [...]

    23. For me, this is the kind of book that's more rewarding to think about than it is to read. I didn't find the book particularly pleasurable--it dragged on too long, the characters were flat by design, and I thought that the novel's mash-up of Victorian/chick-lit styles and plot lines wasn't entirely successful. What's more, the book hasn't aged particularly well: in this post-crash, post-Occupy world, it's a bit harder to empathize with the romantic and career follies of the investment banker set. [...]

    24. There are two good things about Free Food for Millionaires: the title (taken from the free lunches offered to investment bankers) and the cover art. That's about it.The remaining 500 pages drag through endless chapters of Casey and her acquaintances trying to get on with their lives. Some of the characters grow and learn over time but the main character, Casey, doesn't do a damn thing in this book. She's apparently good at investment banking and good at millinery (free food for milliners?) but t [...]

    25. I really enjoyed this story of a young woman in her twenties navigating some very uncertain areas -- decisions about college and career, becoming independent and stable financially, love and sex, friendship and family obligations. The most difficult area of all for Casey Han is the disparity between her identity and life as a young American woman and her role as the daughter of Korean immigrants who retain many of their values and practices from their earlier life in Korea. It's a fascinating vi [...]

    26. Really engaging and hard to put down. It follows the life of a Korean-American woman named Casey Han who has just graduated from Princeton. She has a lot of issues; her dad hits her and throws her out of the house within the first few pages, she has a Gatsby-esque complex with money (except that she doesn't make any), and she basically doesn't know what she wants to do in life. There are several secondary characters, and my favorite aspect of the book was that the author gets into every characte [...]

    27. Casey Han is a young Korean-American woman with severe family issues and a recent Princeton graduate whose life is pretty much out of control throughout. One of the strongest, most consistently drawn characters this reader has encountered in recent fiction, one easily finds oneself hoping she will get her life figured out before she flat out loses it. I found it hard to put this one down. At close to 600 pages, that can be good news and bad. Good news, because it keeps the reader engaged in the [...]

    28. A newish take on immigrants and their kids and differences, this time from Korea. I was rather neutral about liking the story, but the authors abilities for plot and dialog drew me in to the point that I was trying to guess what would come next. Manhattan, stockbrokers, luxury trips, dry cleaning, hats, hunger - and a fair amount of sex. Our 'heroine' isn't very heroic and as my parents generation would put it, she had 'round heels'. But I stuck w/ the story, which is quite long, and do wonder w [...]

    29. I really enjoyed this book. The author gives an in site into another culture that is adapting itself to American's way of life. You follow Casey Han thru the trials and hardship of growing into adulthood. Some of her struggles remind me of my girls growing up. The ending leaves you wondering and wanting to know where Casey ends up. There were no life lessons or big mystery here just an enjoyable page turning story.

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