The Barbarians are Coming

[PDF] The Barbarians are Coming | by ↠ David Wong Louie - The Barbarians are Coming, The Barbarians are Coming Sterling Lung grew up in the back of his parent s laundry dreaming about being a real American while speaking Chinese to his mother English to his friends and very little to the father he seemed alw [PDF] The Barbarians are Coming | by ↠ David Wong Louie - The Barbarians are Coming, The Barbarians are Coming Sterling Lung grew up in the back of his parent s laundry dreaming about being a real American while speaking Chinese to his mother English to his friends and very little to the father he seemed alw

  • Title: The Barbarians are Coming
  • Author: David Wong Louie
  • ISBN: 9780425178287
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
The Barbarians are Coming

[PDF] The Barbarians are Coming | by ↠ David Wong Louie, The Barbarians are Coming, David Wong Louie, The Barbarians are Coming Sterling Lung grew up in the back of his parent s laundry dreaming about being a real American while speaking Chinese to his mother English to his friends and very little to the father he seemed always to disappoint Now twenty six and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America Sterling cooks French food for the WASP ladies of a private club in Connecticut and cond [PDF] The Barbarians are Coming | by ↠ David Wong Louie - The Barbarians are Coming, The Barbarians are Coming Sterling Lung grew up in the back of his parent s laundry dreaming about being a real American while speaking Chinese to his mother English to his friends and very little to the father he seemed alw

  • [PDF] The Barbarians are Coming | by ↠ David Wong Louie
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The Barbarians are Coming

About “David Wong Louie

  • David Wong Louie

    David Wong Louie pinyin L i Z w i is an American writer of novels and short stories His works include Pangs of Love a collection of short stories, and the novel The Barbarians are Coming He co edited A Contemporary Asian American Anthology with Marilyn Chin He teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles.He received an M.F.A Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa in 1981 and a B.A from Vassar College in 1977.



229 thoughts on “The Barbarians are Coming

  • What s happened to David Wong Louie This was a gem of a book, and all the better, like a discovery of a hidden stash of chocolate, because I came in with middling expectations I d heard of him when I was in college with Maxine Hong Kingston et al But since thenda Book jacket says that he s the author of the short story collection Pangs of Love, a New York Times Notable Book of 1991 and a Voice Literary Supplement Favorite of the same year Mr Louie apparently lives in Venice, California and teach [...]



  • This is one of those hidden gems This book is difficult to read because it is so ugly , brutal and honest No character in this book is very likeable, with exception to the children But I feel the author poured his heart into this book maybe wrote from personal experience This is an exceptionally realistic look into Asian American culture, particularly the ABCs American born Chinese or first generation kids with immigrant parents The protagonist is male He is a professional chef, a job which obvi [...]


  • This would probably count as my introduction to the East Asian immigrant experience subgenre, and I was certainly pleased that this book in fact picked me in the Oxfam bookshop, or was serendipitously handed to me at least.I felt the first part of the story had a solid build up It had all the right elements for what felt like an accurate portrayal of the emotional numbness that comes with the unending internal struggle of being stuck between appropriating cultures This numbness that Sterling fee [...]


  • A good but, in my view, flawed work What works well is the voice of the narrator, Sterling Lung, a Chinese American chef who would rather cook French haute cuisine than the food everyone assumes he would be expert at preparing His strained and strange relationship with his wife, Bliss, has some rich and dark humor, as does his depiction of his relationship with his Chinese parents, whose weird American sobriquets, Genius and Zsa Zsa, belie their decidedly old country origins and attitudes What d [...]


  • I loved this book most of the way through, then felt it devolved into predictability and soap opera toward the end although to Louie s credit, he did not eventually take the easy way out Sterling Lung is American born Chinese, a French chef who refuses his parents desire that he be a good Chinese son and his patrons desire that he be a Chinese chef Can t you make a Happy Family one diner asks Well, that s what this book is about the hard, sometimes twisted, spoken and unspoken, secret and reveal [...]


  • Louie s work is a prime example of a style that Mark McGurl would call The Program Era , florid, intense, thoughtful writing that seems taught by an academic for an educated audience, something that swirls around university circles The book is full of characters that may not be likeable, but are undeniably human in their weaknesses, like passive, pretty much useless Sterling and his domineering, bossy girlfriend However, I do like section three, about his father s past it gives the reader insigh [...]


  • The writing kept me glued to the book, and being a first generation Asian American probably helped especially with the part about the parents non communicativeness about their pasts I don t know if making up what might have happened could have happened is necessary But I liked the descriptions of what were going on in Sterling s head That, I could emphasize with to a certain point, but not the part about the Chinese food tv program Do writers think about political correctness while they write


  • I randomly found this book at a thrift store and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was This book was very well written I immediately loved the style of writing which was smart and descriptive, using the most beautiful, creative or witty metaphors throughout The author gave the main character, Sterling, such a sensitivity and insight into human emotion, including into his own depth of self I learned quite a bit about Chinese culture There were moments that were fast paced, funny, and others [...]


  • This book wasn t really my thing, since there was such a tight focus on food and family I did like the focus on an Asian American experience The protagonist was a little too emo, and some of the humor triggered my embarrassment squick But I don t regret reading this, because some of the stuff struck a nerve of recognition, and got things just right I reacted in similar ways to reading Amy Tan.


  • A really interesting Asian American read about a first generation Chinese male who gets conflicted between his desire to branch away from his ethnicity as a cook and take on a life as an American It s an explicit and vulnerable read that pokes at many challenges faced by early generation Asian Americans, particularly those that are the first born in the US One of the few books in its genre that I could not put down the second I opened it, very much close to home in than one way.


  • Sterling was an absolute wimp who thought only of himself until the very end, and even that required both his son and father to die A very bleak and frustrating story of Chinese immigrants and ABCs in America The one good point goes to the chapter dedicated to Genius s first 8 years in the US without his family.


  • Giving up on ethnic books for a while OK story, but best part was a couple of hastily tossed out list of ingredients for dishes I ate as a child, but whose recipes I never got from my Mother, so I was very happy to find them Not a memorable sentence in 300 pages, I d like a little for my effort.


  • Really enjoyed this book Great description by the author, I could imagine every scene as I read it I could relate to most things, so that s a.The ending was quite abrupt, ending too early I hope there is a continuation to this story.


  • this started out good, but 2 3 into the book it switches to the father s perspective, which is really boring Couldn t quite get back into it after the book resumes from the son s viewpoint Am almost done but loosing interestme of the plot points seem pretty unrealistic.


  • I desperately wanted to enjoy this, but the self indulgent masturbation scene with the protagonist spurting all over the rich women s club and the later rawness were too much definitely unfinished I had no idea what I was getting into or I wouldn t have started this book at all.



  • So far it is a bit slow, but I cannot stop reading it I am reading other books along with this one, which may explain why I am not fully enjoying it.







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