Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2018
this was a title that had influenced one of our US presidents and so i was interested in the book. i knew it would be an illustration of humanity as the president who had listed it as one of his favorite books is known for his humanity. (no, i am not going to name the president.) the second person narrative works well in this book as the author quickly convinces me that this, too, could be me, could have been me. one thing leads to another and before too long we find ourselves corrupt and needing to be so. it's not easy or possible to be otherwise in rising asia. the book is a quick read but actually gives a lot of food for thought if you can pause, slow down, and contemplate. as an american, i am accustomed to living in a country where we have a country set up that doesn't allow for such corruption (ha!)...so i found myself better understanding how a person can end up in the different situations found in this book. that all said, in a way this is a one-trick-pony book. the second person narrative worked but it also kept me from really caring too deeply for anyone in the book. i felt i was watching the story from a distance. and yet (again) with that said, i realize that in years to come THIS book will be one i will always remember. is it one that i will read again? i don't think so. is it one that i will keep on my shelves? i don't think so. is it one i am glad i read? yes.