Yellow By Don Lee (Pdf epub) by Don Lee
Don Lee Ã 1 READUsp of the older brother S Departure To College A departure to college A of family fractured absentee parents sacrifice grief and loss Other stories in the collection are similarly provocative in their exploration of familial and omantic elationships and highlighting the inner worlds of solitary introspective characters navigating opening
heart to let in human connection This an excellent collection of short stories with great three dimensional characters tied together both by their Asian heritage and their shared connection to the imaginary town of Rosarita Bay Lee does a great job of depicting the challenges second and third generation Asian Americans face while at the same time telling fascinating stories I eally enjoyed this book and I love how the book ties together the stories in the last piece Superb short stories all set in a fictional Santa Cruz CA Don Lee is a first generation South Korean writer which adds a fascinating cultural mix throughout each story Interesting to me to see how unlike the others my eaction to this one is I ead the first two stories and part of the third and uit because by then I felt I had a fair basis to conclude the est would continue in the same vein poor characterization amateur writing at turns boring and drawn out themes punctuated with the odd bit of melodrama and at least in the two stories I finished eally terrible ending lines that smelled like teenagers first drafts I felt personally disappointed that this was not better though I know this is unfair I want to ead good stories by first generation or 15 I like that this category exists Asian writers who can ecount experiences I elate to and who can do it without embarrassing me with poor writing Still looking I guess This is a fresh entertaining and thought provoking collection of inter elated short stories probably preparing for a novel to come Its greatest strength is the way it eveals subtleties of Asian American experience things many Asian Americans know but struggle to express things that might not have occurred to many others but that everyone comes to understand Like a lot of Asian American literature it strives to provide A A heroes which are altogether absent from almost all film and most writing However I didn t actually like most of the characters None were presented as perfect but the collection as a whole pushed the Ry of the human heart Stuart Dybek these interconnected stories are utterly contemporarybut grounded in the depth of beautiful prose and intriguing storylines Asian Week They paint a novelistic portrait of the fictional town of Rosarita Bay California. A hero so much that it began to seem forced It ultimately left me withthe heart to let in human connection this
impression that the unheroic of characters were being were being concealed from me Even the horrible sides of certain characters were heroically horrible I guess there were just too many heroes in one storyWhatever your eaction Yellow is food for thought and discussion The style is wonderful and the crafting of the stories is masterful Some of Yellow s short stories and their characters are just plain magnificent good like so dang good however there are some stories that fall flat which is uite a bummer Now that I finally forced myself through what seems to be the young adult version of this book I can finally take a breather and eview it First thing s first I eally eally tend to dislike short stories I put up with them when I had to ead them for class sure but generally I stay away from them But Yellow was something else To think the short stories were actually connected with each other in some way Since it takes place in an imaginary port town in California it eally threaded all of the characters together Instead of feeling like a really threaded all of the characters together Instead of feeling like a of stories that are loosely connected simply because they e all about Asian American stories I actually felt like there was something to get excited about The stories themselves were also very human that s eally the only word I can think of to describe it Lee doesn t ely on weird imagery and hugely distant narratives to tie his stories together He tells the stories of these people with voices you can actually elate to and hear in stories together He tells the stories of these people with voices you can actually elate to and hear in head assuming you e an Asian American and are put into the situations the characters get into which admittedly can be surprisingly commonThe stories simply tell themselves I ead it so uickly that I didn t ealize it had gone by it was as if I was just talking to an old friend eliving each other s memories in the form of gossip or just talking over coffee What s phenomenal was that the ending was extremely well done One of those endings where you can t help but feel satisfied with the time you took to ead this book Sadly I don t get enough of those lately I ve been eading books that I can t wait to just put down and be done with Thank goodness that Lee s compilation of short stories sated a hunger for good Asian American literature that I ve had for such a long tim. And a diverse cast of complex and moving characters Nothing short of wonderfulsurprising and wild with life Robert Boswell Yellow proves that wondering about whether you're a eal American is as American as a big bowl of kimchi New York Times Book Revi. Short stories are not my favorite because I often feel by their conclusion that I was left hanging with a big And so but their chief asset is thatThe Impression That The Unheroic
THEY RE ABLE TO HOOK YOUre able to hook you immediately than Many Novels W Their Languidly Paced Openings novels w their languidly paced openings collection conforms to the above description in that all of the stories engaged me almost immediately and all of the endings left me with a big Whuh I do think short stories can be done well I m a huge Lorrie Moore Dan Chaon fan neither of whom believes in spelling things out w easy esolutions I feel like all of Don Lee s stories in this collection needed to go one step further by their close to feel truly satisfying And I agree w numerous eviewers that although the writing flows nicely for the most part once in a while the soapboxing of Asian American issues all of which I Care About As An AA Myself Comes Out In A about as an AA myself comes out in a than seamless way Still I have almost no attention span left these days yet never had trouble diving into this book and am always thrilled to see a good writer give voice to issues that so many of us Asian Americans live with day to day Even though these are short stories he has a way of writing so superbly you have no choice but to care about these characters and elate to them in some way a good primer into fiction about the lives of East Asian cishet men and women i actually eally liked it The linked stories in this short story collection are set in the fictional NoCal coastal town of Rosarita Bay and focus on the everyday lives of Asian American protagonists Though the characters come from specific cultural experiences and orientations they are eminently elatable psychologically ich and complex in their fears emotions and desires as they engage and interact in a predominantly liberal white community The characters are varied and textured in their backgrounds a surferowner of a sushi estaurant an attorney a master woodworker an operator of a boat touring company contemporary poets a school teacher My favorite story in the collection is probably Casual Water a tale about two adolescent hapa brothers who are abandoned first by their homesick mother who eturns to the Phillipines to take care of a sick elative and never eturns to her sons and later by their white father who aspires to tour the professional golf circuit and bails on aising his children all on the As the Los Angeles Times noted in its profile of the author few writers have mined the genre of ethnic literature as shrewdly or transcended its limits uite so stunningly as Don Lee Harking back to the timeless concerns of Chekhov fate chance the myste. .