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Tropic of Orange

Tropic of Orange

A Novel

Book - 1997
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This fiercely satirical, semifantastical novel ... features an Asian-American television news executive, Emi, and a Latino newspaper reporter, Gabriel, who are so focused on chasing stories they almost don't notice that the world is falling apart all around them. Karen Tei Yamashita's staccato prose works well to evoke the frenetic breeziness and monumental self-absorption that are central to their lives.-Janet Kaye, The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Coffee House Press ; Saint Paul, MN : Distributor, Consortium Book Sales, c1997.
ISBN: 9781566890649
Branch Call Number: FIC YAMASHITA, K.
Characteristics: 270 P. ; 23 CM.


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Apr 14, 2019

2017 reissue of a 1997 novel. I read about it somewhere and it sounded interesting. Despite its energy and subject, I couldn't really get into it. Yamashita takes as her topic Los Angeles in all its sprawl, multiculturalism, ugliness, madness, and magic. Though its tagged as magical realism, I don't think it's a very accurate description. Parts of it reminded me of Paul Beatty's L.A. satire "White Boy Shuffle."


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