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  • This Book Will Change Your Life - The Misadventures Of Sulliver Pong by the Leland Cheuk.

    We were thinking of writing, when is a farce not a farce? But now we're not sure why. It's possible we wanted to sound smart or grand. It's also possible we wanted to make some grand statement about how the use of farce in his debut novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong allows Leland Cheuk to comment on immigration, the Chinese American experience, small town politics, corruption and dysfunctional families without needing to knock the reader over the head and say, see, look what I'm doing, I'm commenting on shit that's really important to me and could be for you too you dumb bastards. Okay, Cheuk probably wouldn't say that, much less think it, we've met him, he's cool and you will hear a podcast of our conversation soon. The point though, is that we don't need to be grand or smart, nor do we need to comment on the use of farce as a means to illuminate readers on social issues, and ills. What we need to say, is that The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong is a highly entertaining debut novel that has a lot of interesting things to say about immigration, the Chinese American experience, small town politics, corruption and dysfunctional families, while still being funny and propulsive, and as we enjoyed reading it on the beach the other day, a most excellent beach read as well. We would add, that it is also certain to change your life, so please do hit it, now, thank you.