‘Rich People Problems’ by Kevin Kwan


Genre: Satirical Fiction

This is the third in the ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ series. The premise of these stories is about the exorbitant wealth and exclusive elite society of Singapore. It centres around three superrich, pedigree Chinese families.

The first book called, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ centres around the hilarious gossip, backstabbing and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the largest fortunes in Asia brings home an ABC (American born Chinese)

Each book delves deeper into the comical lives of these families

I just finished the recently published third installment ‘Rich People Problems’. When the matriarch of the Shang-Young family (Singapore’s noblest family) is on her deathbed, members of the family rush from all corners of the globe to be by her bedside and to stake their claim on her massive fortune and her beloved Tyersall Park- a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore. This is a funny story that reveals the buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems

Kevin Kwan has been very successful with this series and with the first book “Crazy Rich Asians” to become a major motion picture. The film itself will be a game changer in its own right as the first Hollywood romantic comedy to feature an all-Asian cast

The reason these books have been so successful in the U.K., America and Australia is because they provide a crash-course into the uber-rich Asian society and such extravagance you have to question whether people actually live like this

Kwan grew up in Singapore and now lives in New York’s West Village. Having this background makes me wonder how many of the stories Kwan tells are based on first-hand experiences

Kwan also makes a point of having his characters diverse in their professions and locations: surgeons in Sydney, internet billionaires in Hong Kong, world leader conferences in Geneva to boarding schools in England. By the third novel Kwan has managed to show the reader how the other half live in every continent on earth

This is a satirical series which can easily be devoured. It is such a refreshing premse too. Kwan has tapped into a market that readers are fascinated with, and is also accessible to readers

It has an informal format and unconventional breaking of the 4th wall. Kwan uses appendices to guve further explanations and definitions to the reader e.g. when he uses Cantonese terms

People who want a funny and refreshing book will enjoy this book


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