Beispielbild für diese ISBN

A Long Stay in a Distant Land: A Novel

Chieng, Chieh

Verlag: Bloomsbury USA, 2006
ISBN 10: 1596910348 / ISBN 13: 9781596910348
Gebraucht / Anzahl: 1
Verkäufer Nearfine Books (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Bei weiteren Verkäufern erhältlich
Alle  Exemplare dieses Buches anzeigen
In den Warenkorb legen
Preis: EUR 21,58
Währung umrechnen
Versand: EUR 3,68
Innerhalb USA
Versandziele, Kosten & Dauer

Für später vormerken

Über dieses Buch

Bibliografische Details

Titel: A Long Stay in a Distant Land: A Novel

Verlag: Bloomsbury USA

Erscheinungsdatum: 2006

Zustand: very good


Gently used. Expect delivery in 20 days. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 9781596910348-3

Über diesen Titel:

Bewertung (bereitgestellt von GoodReads):
3,5 durchschnittlich
(115 Bewertungen)

Inhaltsangabe: The Lums are cursed. Their early deaths come randomly, strangely, and often, be it by tainted cheeseburger or speeding ice cream truck. The most recent victim is Louis Lum's mother. Now Louis must move back home with his gangsta rap­-obsessed father, Sonny, to prevent him from enacting the revenge he promises. But soon Louis's concern shifts to his uncle Bo Lum, who has disappeared in Hong Kong. As Louis's search progresses, the tragicomic story of three generations of Lums in America is revealed.

Rezension: Another entry in the ongoing rush of Asian-American novels about experiences in a world-not-Asian is A Long Stay in a Distant Land. Author Chieh Chieng was born in Hong Kong and moved to Orange County, California, when he was seven. He has cultivated an absolutely deadpan wit and sense of irony, and in this novel, at age 29, has made an auspicious debut.

The Lums, the Chinese-American family Chieng writes about, have a peculiar history. Too many of them suffer an untimely demise: Mom, 51, collision with a car driven by Hersey Collins; cousin Connie, 12, ate a bad cheeseburger; Aunt Julie, 29, stomach cancer; cousin Will, 16, heatstroke; Uncle Larry, 40, fell off a cliff; Grandpa Melvin, 62, struck by an ice cream truck. Louis, the narrator, knows why all this has happened. His Grandpa could have avoided going to WW II, but he saw a Popeye cartoon and was inspired by Popeye's bravery to enlist. "Grandpa had violated the fundamental law that one should not kill another. He'd had a choice. He could have chosen not to join the war and not to shoot people. For every man Grandpa had killed, Death had designated a Lum to be picked off." Who knew where it would end? And now, with the death of Louis's mother, his father, Sonny, is calling him daily to say that he wants to "run down Hersey Collins with his car, or crush his skull with a brick." Louis moves in with his father to keep an eye on him and discovers, in some of the funniest episodes in the book, that his father is a gansta rap-obsessed cuckoo.

One day Grandma Esther calls to tell him that Bo, Louis's uncle and her favorite son, has disappeared in the labyrinths of Hong Kong. Uncle Bo has absented himself for many years, but always kept in touch by filling out a check-list sent by his mother. Now, even that has stopped. Louis goes to Hong Kong to find Bo and, during his search, finds pieces of family history as seen through the eyes of three generations. Every family has stories, true and false, that become part of the dogma passed on to the next generation. In the last chapter, "The Dance of Good Fortune," Chieng leads us to believe that the Lum curse of early Death might be over and that story will become myth. --Valerie Ryan

„Über diesen Titel“ kann sich auf eine andere Ausgabe dieses Titels beziehen.

Anbieter- & Zahlungsinformationen


Dieser Anbieter akzeptiert die folgenden Zahlungsarten:

  • American Express
  • Carte Bleue
  • EuroCard/MasterCard
  • Visa

[Im Angebot des Anbieters suchen]

[Alle Bücher des Anbieters anzeigen]

[Dem Anbieter eine Frage stellen]

Anbieter: Nearfine Books
Adresse: Brooklyn, NY, USA

AbeBooks Verkäufer seit: 13. Juni 2014
Bewertung: 4 Sterne


We guarantee the condition of every book as it is described on the Abebooks web sites. If
you are dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as Described/Damaged) or if the
order has not arrived, you are eligible for a refund within 30 days of the estimated delivery
date. If you have changed your mind about a book that you have ordered, please use the Ask
bookseller a question link to contact us and we will respond within 2 business days.


Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

Anbieterinformationen: Nearfine Books is a bookseller specialised in hard-to-find and out-of-print titles. We are based in London and New York.