by Tao Lin
At some point, maybe twenty minutes after he'd begun refreshing Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Gmail in a continuous cycle - with an ongoing, affectless, humorless realisation that his day 'was over' - he noticed with confusion, having thought it was early morning, that it was 4:46PM Taipei is an ode - or lament - to the way we live now.
Following Paul from New York, where he comically navigates Manhattan's art and literary scenes, to Taipei, Taiwan, where he confronts his family's roots, we see one relationship fail, while another is born on the internet and blooms into an unexpected wedding in Las Vegas.
From one of this generation's most talked-about and enigmatic writers comes a deeply personal and uncompromising novel about memory, love, and what it means to be alive.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/07/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781782111856
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Review by Opinionated
Stylistically interesting, but ultimately i felt the same about this as I do about the series "Girls". Yes, its well made. Yes, I believe its well observed. Yes, I believe people like this exist. Yes, its sometimes funny even if its mainly the humour of disgust. I just dont care about any of the characters. I find them irritating. I want Paul's mother to give Paul a slap. Or to lock him in his room.So this is basically what happens. Paul is a writer. What he writes we don't know. When he gets time to do it we don't know either. But he writes. He gives readings. Like the nauseating adolescent he is, he likes to take drugs at readings, ho hum. Otherwise he floats around aimlessly, observing his perceptions, taking increasingly vast quantities of prescription and non prescription drugs. He likes Adderall (a drug to treat ADHT) particularly. He meets a boy, Daniel. They take drugs and hangout. Then they stop. He splits up with his girlfriend Michelle for reasons unknown. He takes up with Laura. She loses interest. The reader sympathises with her. He takes up with Erin. They take industrial levels of MDMA and go to Vegas. They got to Taipei to visit Paul's parents and mostly visit McDonalds. They have some fun at the expense of the Taiwanese for not being as cool, or as off their tits, as they are. This is why the book is called Taipei you see . Because they visit Taipei. It should really be called BrooklynInteresting stylistically but just really irritating.