East Goes West by Younghill Kang audiobook

East Goes West

By Younghill Kang
Foreword by Alexander Chee
Afterword by Sunyoung Lee
Read by Song Yee

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16.45 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780593393420

A Penguin Vitae Edition Having fled Japanese-occupied Korea for the gleaming promise of the United States with nothing but four dollars and a suitcase full of Shakespeare to his name, the young, idealistic Chungpa Han arrives in a New York teeming with expatriates, businessmen, students, scholars, and indigents. Struggling to support his studies, he travels throughout the United States and Canada, becoming by turns a traveling salesman, a domestic worker, and a farmer, and observing along the way the idealism, greed, and shifting values of the industrializing twentieth century. Part picaresque adventure, part shrewd social commentary, East Goes West casts a sharply satirical eye on the demands and perils of assimilation. It is a masterpiece not only of Asian American literature but also of American literature. Penguin Vitae―loosely translated as “Penguin of one’s life"―provides readers with beautifully designed classics that have shaped the course of their lives, and welcomes new readers to discover these literary gifts of personal inspiration, intellectual engagement, and creative originality.

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A Penguin Vitae Edition

Having fled Japanese-occupied Korea for the gleaming promise of the United States with nothing but four dollars and a suitcase full of Shakespeare to his name, the young, idealistic Chungpa Han arrives in a New York teeming with expatriates, businessmen, students, scholars, and indigents. Struggling to support his studies, he travels throughout the United States and Canada, becoming by turns a traveling salesman, a domestic worker, and a farmer, and observing along the way the idealism, greed, and shifting values of the industrializing twentieth century.

Part picaresque adventure, part shrewd social commentary, East Goes West casts a sharply satirical eye on the demands and perils of assimilation. It is a masterpiece not only of Asian American literature but also of American literature.

Penguin Vitae―loosely translated as “Penguin of one’s life"―provides readers with beautifully designed classics that have shaped the course of their lives, and welcomes new readers to discover these literary gifts of personal inspiration, intellectual engagement, and creative originality.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kang is as wide awake and high-spirited as he is scholarly and thoughtful, and he writes with a keen sense of character.” New York Times Book Review
“An immigrant epic that criss-crosses a less-than-welcoming American landscape.” Christian Science Monitor
“Thrillingly timeless…The Penguin edition…reminds us of how excellent [Kang] really was…This brash modernist comic novel still feels electric.” New York Review of Books
“Song Yee lends his voice to the narration of Younghill Kang’s groundbreaking autobiographical novel…Yee’s narration reflects Han’s earnest naïveté, allowing his admiration of the bounties of the West to shine through. At the same time, Yee skillfully captures Han’s growing discomfort as he experiences the darker side of American materialism and racism.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Younghill Kang

Author Bio: Younghill Kang

Younghill Kang (1903-1972) was born in what is now North Korea and emigrated to the United States in his late teens. He studied at Boston University and Harvard and published widely in such outlets as the New York Times and The Nation. While teaching English at New York University, he was introduced by fellow professor Thomas Wolfe to legendary Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins, who would publish Kang’s books. Kang was the first Asian to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship; he would be awarded two in his lifetime, among his many other honors.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 16.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English