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⇖ [PDF]- ぉ China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel  ⥭ PDF Author Kevin Kwan ⧕ ⇖ [PDF]- ぉ China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel ⥭ PDF Author Kevin Kwan ⧕ 1The MandarinHong Kong, January 25, 2013In early 2012, a brother and sister clearing out their late mothers attic in the London neighborhood of Hampstead discovered what appeared to be a cluster of old Chinese scrolls at the bottom of a steamer trunk By chance, the sister had a friend who worked at Christies, so she dropped them off in four Sainsburys grocery sacks at the auctioneers salesroom on Old Brompton Road, hoping they might take a look and tell us if theyre worth anything.When the senior specialist of Chinese Classical Paintings opened up one of the silk scrolls, he nearly went into cardiac arrest Unfurled before him was an image so remarkably rendered, it immediately reminded him of a set of hanging scroll paintings long thought to be destroyed Could this be The Palace of Eighteen Perfections The artwork, created by the Qing dynasty artist Yuan Jiang in 1693, was believed to have been secretly removed from China during the Second Opium War in 1860, when many of the royal palaces were ransacked, and lost forever.As staffers scurried around unrolling the scrolls, they discovered twenty four pieces, each almost seven feet tall and in immaculate condition Placed side by side, they spanned thirty seven feet, almost filling the floor space of two workrooms At last, the senior specialist could confirm that this was undoubtedly the mythical work described in all the classical Chinese texts he had spent much of his career studying.The Palace of Eighteen Perfections was an opulent eighth century imperial retreat in the mountains north of modern day Xian It was said to be one of the most magnificent royal residences ever built, with grounds so vast that one had to travel between the halls on horseback On these ancient silk scrolls, the intricate pavilions, courtyards, and gardens that meandered through a dreamlike blue and green mountain landscape were painted in colors so vibrantly preserved, they seemed almost electric in their iridescence.The auction house staff stood over the exquisite masterpiece in awed silence A find of this caliber was like discovering a long hidden painting by da Vinci or Vermeer When the international director of Asian Art rushed in to see them, he began to feel faint and forced himself to take a few steps back for fear that he might fall onto the delicate artwork Choking back his tears, the director finally said, Call Franois in Hong Kong Tell him to get Oliver Tsien on the next flight to London.1The director then declared, We need to give these beauties the grand tour Were going to start out with an exhibition in Geneva, then London, then at our Rockefeller Center showroom in New York Lets give the worlds top collectors a chance to see it Only then will we take it to Hong Kong, and sell it right before the Chinese New Year By then the Chinese should be frothing at the mouth in anticipation.Which is precisely how Corinna Ko Tung came to be sitting in the Clipper Lounge of the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong a year later, impatiently awaiting the arrival of Lester and Valerie Liu Her richly embossed business card listed her as an art consultant, but for a few select clients, she was a great deal than that Corinna was born to one of Hong Kongs most pedigreed families, and she secretly parlayed her extensive connections into a very profitable sideline For clients like the Lius, Corinna did everything from refining the art on their walls to the clothes on their back all in service of getting them memberships at the most elite clubs, their names onto the right invitation lists, and their children into the citys top schools In short, she was a special consultant for social climbers.Corinna spotted the Lius as they ascended the short flight of stairs up to the mezzanine lounge overlooking the lobby The couple cut quite a striking picture, and she had to pat herself on the back for this The first time Corinna met the Lius, they were both in head to toe Prada To these new arrivals from Guangdong, it was the height of sophistication, but to Corinna, it just screamed clueless Mainland money Thanks to her handiwork, Lester entered the Clipper Lounge looking particularly dapper in a bespoke three piece suit from Kilgour of Savile Row, and Valerie was chicly clad in a silvery Persian lamb parka from J Mendel, appropriately sized black pearls, and dove gray suede Lanvin ankle boots But there was something a little off about her outfit the handbag was a mistake The glossy ombre dyed reptile skin bag obviously came from some nearly extinct species, but it reminded Corinna of the sort of handbag only a mistress would carry She made a mental note to drop a hint at the appropriate moment.Valerie arrived at the table apologizing profusely Im sorry were late Our chauffeur mistakenly took us to the Landmark Mandarin Oriental instead of this one.Not a problem, Corinna replied graciously Tardiness was one of her pet peeves, but with the kind of retainer the Lius were paying her, she wasnt about to complain.Im surprised you wanted to meet here Dont you think the tearoom at the Four Seasons is much nicer Valerie asked.Or even the Peninsula, Lester chimed in, casting a dismissive eye at the rectangular 1970s era chandeliers cascading from the ceiling of the lobby.The Peninsula gets too many tourists, and the Four Seasons is where all the new people go The Mandarin is where proper Hong Kong families have been coming to tea for generations My grandmother Lady Ko Tung used to bring me here at least once a month when I was a girl, Corinna patiently explained, adding, You must also leave out the Oriental we locals simply call it the Mandarin.Oh, Valerie replied, feeling a little chastised She glanced around, taking in the subdued oak paneled walls and armchairs with just the perfect amount of sag in the seat cushions, her eyes suddenly widening Leaning closer in, she whispered excitedly to Corinna, Do you see whos over there Isnt that Fiona Tung Cheng with her mother in law, Alexandra Cheng, having tea with the Ladoories Who are they Lester asked, a little too loudly.Valerie nervously shushed her husband in Mandarin Dont stare Ill tell you later Corinna smiled in approval That Valerie was a quick study The Lius were relatively new clients, but they were Corinnas favorite type of clients Red Royals, she called them Unlike fresh off the boat Mainlander millionaires, these heirs of Chinas ruling class known in China as fuerdai, or second generation rich had good manners and good teeth, and had never known the deprivation of their parents generation The tragedies of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution were ancient history as far as they were concerned Obscene gobs of money had come easily to them, so obscene gobs they were ready to part with.Lesters family controlled one of Chinas largest insurance companies, and he met Valerie, the Shanghai born daughter of an anesthesiologist, when they were both at the University of Sydney With an ever growing fortune and ever refining taste, this thirtysomething couple was ambitiously striving to make their mark on the power scene in Asia With homes in London, Shanghai, Sydney, and New York, and a newly constructed house that resembled a cruise liner in Hong Kongs Deep Water Bay, they were anxiously filling the walls with museum quality art in the hopes that Hong Kong Tattle might soon do a feature.Lester got right down to business So how much do you think these scrolls will end up going for Well, thats what I wanted to discuss with you I know you said you were prepared to go up to fifty million, but I have a feeling we will break all records tonight Would you be prepared to go up to seventy five Corinna said carefully, testing the waters.Lester didnt flinch He reached for one of the sausage puffs on the silver cake stand and said, Are you sure its worth that much Mr Liu, this is the single most important work of Chinese art to ever come on the market Its a once in a lifetime opportunity Its going to look so good in the rotunda Valerie couldnt help blurting out Were going to hang it so that the whole painting is panoramic, and Im having the walls on the first and second floors repainted to exactly match the colors I love those turquoise tones Corinna ignored Valeries chatter and continued Aside from the artwork itself, the value of owning it will be incalculable Think how much it will raise your profile your familys profile once its known that you acquired it You will have beat out the top collectors in the world Im told that representatives for the Bins, the Wangs, and the Kuoks are bidding And the Huangs just flew in from Taipei interesting timing, isnt it I also have it on good authority that Colin and Araminta Khoo sent a special team of curators from the National Palace Museum in Taipei to examine the piece last week.Ooh Araminta Khoo Shes so beautiful and chic I couldnt stop reading about that incredible wedding of hers Do you know her Valerie asked.I was at the wedding, Corinna said simply.Valerie shook her head in wonder She tried to imagine the middle aged, mousy looking Corinna, who always wore the same three Giorgio Armani pantsuits, at the most glamorous event ever to hit Asia Some people had all the luck, being born into the right family.Corinna continued her lecture So let me give you the drill The auction tonight begins at eight sharp, and I have secured us entry to the Christies VVIP skybox That is where you will be throughout the auction I will be downstairs on the auction room floor, bidding exclusively for you.We wont be with you Valerie was confused.No, no Youll be in this special lounge where you can look down onto all the action.But wont it be exciting to be down on the floor itself Valerie pressed on.Corinna shook her head Trust me, you dont want to be seen on the auction floor The VVIP skybox is where you want to be Thats where all the top collectors will be, and I know you will enjoy that Wait a minute, Lester interrupted Whats the point of buying the damn thing then How will anyone know we made the winning bid First of all, you will be seen by everyone at the VVIP skybox, so people will already suspect, and first thing tomorrow, I will have one of my sources at the South China Morning Post issue an unconfirmed report that Mr and Mrs Lester Liu of the Harmony Insurance family acquired the painting Trust me, thats the classy way to do it You want people to speculate You want to be that unconfirmed report.Ooh, youre so brilliant, Corinna Valerie squealed in excitement.But if its unconfirmed, how will people know Lester was still confused.Hiyah, slow tortoise, everyone will see the painting when we throw our housewarming party next month, Valerie chastised her husband, smacking him on the knee They will confirm it with their own envious eyes The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, situated right on the harbor in Wan Chai, boasted overlapping curved roofs that resembled a gigantic manta ray gliding through the water That same evening, a parade of starlets, boldface name socialites, low level billionaires, and the sort of people Corinna Ko Tung deemed to be inconsequential paraded through the Grand Hall, vying for the most visible seats at the auction of the century, while the back of the room was packed to the rafters with the international press and onlookers Upstairs in the plush VVIP skybox, Valerie and Lester were in seventh heaven as they rubbed elbows with the serious money crowd over Laurent Perrier champagne and canapes prepared by Cafe Gray.When at last the auctioneer stepped up to the polished wood podium, the lights in the hall began to dim A massive gold latticework screen ran along the wall facing the stage, and at the appointed moment, the screen began to part, revealing the hanging scrolls in all their glory Brilliantly enhanced by the state of the art lighting system, they almost appeared to glow from within The crowd gasped, and when the lights came up again, the auctioneer promptly began the session without any fuss An exceedingly rare set of twenty four hanging scrolls from the Qing dynasty, ink and color on silk, depicting the Palace of Eighteen Perfections, by Yuan Jiang Inscribed by the artist, and dated 1693 Shall we have an opening bid of one million Valerie could feel the adrenaline coursing through her veins as she saw Corinna raise her blue numbered paddle to volley the first bid A flurry of paddles began popping up around the room, and the price began its stratospheric climb Five million Ten million Twelve million Fifteen million Twenty million Within a matter of minutes, the bid was at forty million Lester leaned forward in his chair, analyzing the action on the auction room floor like some complex chess match, and Valerie clawed her nails into his shoulder repeatedly in high anticipation.When the bidding hit sixty million, Lesters phone rang It was Corinna sounding frantic Suey doh sei,2 its going up too fast Were going to pass your seventy five million limit in no time Do you want to keep bidding Lester breathed in deeply Any expenditure over fifty million would surely be noticed by his fathers bean counters, and there would be some explaining to do Keep going till I stop you, he ordered.Valeries head was spinning in excitement They were so close Imagine, soon she would own something that even Araminta Khoo coveted At eighty million, the bidding finally slowed down No paddles in the room were raised with the exception of Corinnas, and it seemed like there were only two or three telephone buyers remaining to bid against the Lius The price was going up only in increments of half a million, and Lester closed his eyes, praying he would get it for under ninety million It was worth it It was worth the scolding he would get from his father He would make his plea that he had bought the family a billion dollars worth of good publicity.Suddenly there came a commotion from the back of the auction room Murmurs could be heard as the standing room only crowd began to give way Even in a room packed with celebrities dressed to the nines, a hush came over the space as a strikingly attractive Chinese woman with jet black hair, powdered white skin, and crimson lips, dramatically dressed in a black velvet off the shoulder gown, emerged from the crowd Flanked by two snow white Russian wolfhounds on long diamond leashes, the lady began to walk slowly up the central aisle as every head swiveled toward the sensational sight.Clearing his throat discreetly into the mic, the auctioneer tried to regain the attention of the room I have eighty five point five million, who will say eighty six 1Oliver Tsien one of Christies most highly valued deputy chairmen has long standing relationships with many of the worlds top collectors Being related to practically every important family in Asia didnt hurt 2Cantonese for So rotten I could diePraise for Crazy Rich Asians Original and fun, Crazy Rich Asians is quite a roller coaster trip I loved it Jackie Collins Mordantly funny Anna Wintour This is fun, superficial escapism that hooks and reels in even the reluctant reader Dynasty among the filthy rich Chinese Community Independent This summer s Bergdorf Biondes, over the top funny and a novelty to boot Mr Kwan delivers nonstop hoots about a whole new breed of rich, vulgar, brand name dropping conspicuous consumers New York Times Just as Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice gave us insight into the English class system of the Regency era, Kevin Kwan uses biting social commentary to illuminate the lives of Asia s modern day wealthy elite Except he s 10 times funnier than Austen Heraid Sun His novels are the equivalent of a Bubble Tea concoction laced with Henry James extracts and Jackie Collins sprinkles tracking a level of wealth that makes even Downton Abbey look like Downton Arriviste The Daily Beast To be let loose into the decadent playground of the filthy rich offers the reader a heady taste of vicarious escapism Yet to dismiss this book as merely a soulless lark would be a disservice to Kwan and his impeccable writing Sunday Age Deliciously fun Comic satire at its best Who Weekly China Rich Girlfriend Crazy Asians Trilogy China is the worst I read because saw poster for movie , and yes, m one of those snobs who generally believe that book always better than Asians, by Kevin Kwan Kwan a Doubleday publication Another outstanding installment in this wildly entertaining series As story opens, couple years have passed since our initial introduction to these most fun ve had reading quite some time A jam packed, lively Amy Scribner, BookPage heady taste vicarious escapism Actors That Should Be In s box office hit proof you don t need an all or majority white cast achieve massive success Hollywood It comes as no surprise then Warner Bros has already greenlit sequel, The main Constance Wu, Henry Kevin Books Its sequel also became smash around world, final trilogy, People Problems, was released May still resides Manhattan, eats too much pasta, days dreams living Italy bridgetstraub Girlfriend, activity enjoy world Whether are Asian yourself, bffs with someone from just coloring ebook Rakuten Kobo romp through Asia exclusive clubs, auction houses estates, brings us into elite circles Mainland China, introducing captivating characters offering inside glimpse at what it like be gloriously, crazily, rich New York Times Jul Well, if great wealth crime, his slots neatly grand tradition true crime narratives Audiobook Audible its predecessor, light, silly, guilty pleasure which print, reader could laugh along author pretensions super sympathize nice young lovers Crazy Wikipedia novel stated intention writing introduce contemporary North American audience NPR NPR coverage News, interviews, critics picks Kevin born raised Singapore, where he attended Anglo Chinese School mornings spent afternoons either hiding tutor Singaporean novelist best known satirical novels ProblemsIn named Five Writers Watch on list Most Powerful Authors published Reporter made Time magazine influential people Author Asians international bestseller now being adapted major motion picture will June IMDb writer producer, Untitled Project See full bio More IMDbPro Contact Info View agent, publicist, legal Is TIME List Time Who cares about piece jewelry dress wear wedding trilogy began makes small kevinkwanbooks Twitter latest Tweets Times Bestselling only theaters August Brothers Book Series Order Singapore based novels, Problems year reporters shortlisted among Interview About How His Family Inspired Kwan, whose become summer biggest movie, opens personal family album reveal history how inspired bestselling Bio, Facts, Famous Birthdays Learn birthday, did before fame, life, trivia facts, popularity rankings, Lavish Culture Upper Crust Reality Simply Unbelievable China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel

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    • 394 pages
    • China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel
    • Kevin Kwan
    • Anglais
    • 2017-02-18T12:56+02:00