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Sex and Vanity Reviews

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Sex and Vanity

Kevin Kwan

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1 review

Imprint: Hutchinson
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication date: 30 Jun 2020
ISBN: 9781786332271
3 stars out of 5
Francesca Angelini
28 Jun 2020

" Sex and Vanity is a straight-up retelling of A Room With a View. "

Crazy Rich Asians, Kwan’s debut, was a very funny book that wickedly satirised the obscene excess of the Chinese-Singaporean elite. In Sex and Vanity he attempts more of the same, only this time his sights are on money-mad Americans, Europeans and Asian-Americans. Unfortunately the decadence feels much tamer. “Risotto with squid and shrimps” doesn’t have the wow factor of Crazy Rich Asians, with its “giant south sea scallop consommé with Washington state ginseng vapors and black mushrooms”.