Sonderdruck aus / Offprint from ZAA () ZAA Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture Herausgegeben. A clash of ethnic and professional loyalties is the subject of this novel. The protagonist is a Korean-American who works for a private intelligence service and is assigned to spy on a rising Korean-American politician. To blow the whistle on a fellow ethnic would hurt his tribe. Editorial Reviews. mitliotrachighgold.ga Review. Korean-American Henry Park is " surreptitious, Native Speaker - Kindle edition by Chang-rae Lee. Download it once.
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The debut novel from critically-acclaimed and New York Times–bestselling author of On Such a Full Sea. In Native Speaker, author Chang-rae Lee introduces. Native speaker by Chang-rae Lee; 6 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Korean Americans, Aliens, Fiction, In library, Protected DAISY;. Chang-rae Lee's first novel, Native Speaker, is neither easy nor straight-forward. In its opening line, the novel's second-generation Korean-American narrator.
As an end result, his professional secrecy bleeding into personal relationships contributes to his already fractured identity.
By the end of the novel, Henry realizes that his deceptive acts and false identities as a spy have personally compromised him. His performance as a spy has deeply affected his sense of self and his personal relationships.
Indeed, these struggles become evident in his personal and professional relationships with his wife, Lelia, and his subjects Doctor Luzan and John Kwang. During his separation from Lelia, Henry is assigned coverage of a psychoanalyst, Dr.
However, when Dr. In this moment, Chang-Rae Lee attempts to illuminate the result of being from two different cultures yet belonging to neither. If it is Lelia who represents to Henry everything American he aspires to be, then it is John Kwang who represents the most cherished aspects of Korean lifestyle and culture.
Although Kwang ostensibly represents the same type of American-ness as his political opponent, he is still able to retain his inner Korean heritage. I can be most personable, if not charming, and whatever I possess in this life is more or less the result of a talent I have for making you feel good about yourself when you are with me. In this sense I am not a seducer.
I am hardly seen. I won't speak untruths to you, I won't pass easy compliments or odious offerings of flattery.
I make do with on-hand materials, what I can chip out of you, your natural ore. Then I fuel the fire of your most secret vanity.
I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
He helped Henry recover from Mitt's death. Married to an American banker, but having an affair with Kwang.
Mr Park: Henry's father, a strict man who was once an industrial engineer in Korea. Mrs Park: Henry's mother who died from cancer when Henry was ten.
Dennis Hoagland: Henry's boss. Maid Ahjuma : A young Korean woman who took care of Henry as a child. May: John's wife whom he met when she came from Korea.