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Taipei

TaipeiFor most of his young career, the 29-year-old Lin has been high on concept (among other things) but relatively low on mainstream accessibility. TaipeiFictionFor most of his young career, the 29-year-old Lin has been high on concept (among other things) but relatively low on mainstream accessibility. 2013-06-25Vintage
Taipei by Tao Lin

Taipei by Tao Lin

B+

Taipei

Genre: Fiction; Author: Tao Lin; Publisher: Vintage

For most of his young career, the 29-year-old Lin has been high on concept (among other things) but relatively low on mainstream accessibility. Taipei marks his first release with a major publisher, and perhaps his strongest work to date. The story centers on Paul, a twentysomething New York writer not unlike the author, as he drifts through his cyber-centric surroundings. The novel isn’t really about anything — Paul mainly wanders around his hyper-millennial world, dabbling in this and that — but Lin’s strength is his ability to zoom in on scenes, observing life one pixel at a time. B+

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