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It was written well, but overall it was pretty slow and boring I want to see the play though, cause I could picture it being acted out I think the play will be better than the book. C Y Lee s examination of generational conflict in the midst of not only the war between ancient ways and modern but also between western ways and eastern provides plenty for the reader to chew on The characters are drawn solidly through the author s portrayal of their desires and concerns Noteworthy as the first Chinese American novel, it steers clear of the stereotypes so often propounded by Caucasian writers of its time For those of you familiar wit This was not what I thought it would be I m very familiar with both main versions of Flower Drum Song, the musical, and I thought that the book would follow the gist of the story there In actuality, the book is farscattered, and I was surprised at how modern it is This is most obvious in Wang Ta, the young male lead, who has a few romantic subplots, none of them obvious and some of them quite sad The musical has sharpened up some of the themes of th Unlike the RH musical, this novel on which their work was based doesn t have an orientalist bone in its body Written in the 1950s by C Y Lee, the son of Chinese immigrants to San Francisco, this novel gives a charming and nuanced portrait of Chinatown at the time I thought the gentle humor used to portray the tensions between the main character, a first generation Chinese American boy, and his Chinese father was particularly good It s especially good if you can read the copy that has a Unlike the RH musical, this novel on which their work was based doesn t have an orientalist bone in its body Written in The book has a promising start, but increasing the narrative distance in the second half turns the story into a parable like discourse between the modern normal , i.e assimilative and traditional populated with types of characters standing for one or the other points of view The character development and close narrative distance which highlighted personal and individual agency of the first half largely disappears Towards the end the reader is only wondering Who will win The last few p The book has a promising start, but increasing the narrative distance in the second half turns the story into a parable like discourse between the modern normal , i.e assimilative and traditional populated with types of characters standing for one or the other points of view The character development and close I LOVED this novel I was always a fan of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, but this added so muchdepth to each of the characters I actually found the bookfascinating and I hopepeople will pick this one up It s a little deeper than you d expect, and ends up being a pleasant surprise I really liked the movie better than the book. Significantly different than the musical it inspired and not in a good way. After spraining my ankle very badly I had to spend most of time at home in a recliner with my foot elevated I watched movies I picked up from the library I happened to see a DVD of the Flower Drum Song and loved it when it first came out One of the extra features was a blurb about C.Y Lee and the book I have to admit that I did not know it had been a book first.Luckily the library had a copy so I read it A very easy and enjoyable read As with most books made into movies there are differen After spraining my ankle very badly I had to spend most of time at home in a recliner with my foot elevated I watched movies I picked up from the library I happened to ^DOWNLOAD KINDLE ↾ The Flower Drum Song ↜ Originally Published In , The Flower Drum Song Was A Groundbreaking Work Of Popular Literature An Immediate Bestseller, It Inspired The Classic Rodgers And Hammerstein Musical This Charming, Bittersweet Tale Of Romance And The Powerful Bonds Of Family Tells The Story Of Wang Ta, Who Wants What Every Young American Man Wants A Great Career And A Woman To Love Living In San Francisco S Chinatown With His Widowed Father, Old Master Wang, Who Misses The Old Way Of Life In China, And His Younger Brother, Who Just Wants To Be A Normal American Teenager Wang Ta Becomes Involved With A Series Of Women As He Searches For Love And The American Dream Comic, Poignant, And Sexy, The Flower Drum Song Is An Astute Portrayal Of Immigrants Struggling With Assimilation This Edition Features A New Introduction By David Henry Hwang