Imagined Brunei: Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians”

It makes sense that Brunei would make an appearance in a Southeast Asian novel – a few days ago it was Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado, today it’s Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians.


Ref 1: pg 122 Key words: Sultan of Brunei, Gurkha soldiers

Ref 2: pg 272 Key words: Sultan of Brunei

Ref 3: pg 277 Key words: privacy, Bruneian princesses, Bruneian royalty, shopping

It makes sense that in a book about the “crazy rich” that the predominant focus on Bruneian-ness be royalty, disposable income, retail.

In other news, a friend commented to me that this book felt like it was written by a female, but I have to disagree. It felt very male to me – whatever that means. Haha, Sunday afternoon thoughts – never reaching a conclusion. What I liked about it was that there was a human story underneath the glitz and glamour – in that way it did feel quite Jackie Collins-esque. And now I’m looking forward to the movie, hope they don’t chintz out on the fabulous setting and detail!

Also, I definitely filed away some thoughts on my own personal home decor while reading this book. Heh.

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