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Wrack and Ruin by Don Lee

Wrack and Ruin

by Don Lee

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This was an okay, sometimes-funny sometimes-whacky read though the violence was a bit gratuitous and cinematic. Might make a fun movie in fact. Yes, the characters are a bit stereotypical at times, but it kept me turning the pages to the end. Everything you have ever wanted to know about growing Brussels sprouts. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
The more I read Don Lee, the more I like him. This rollicking novel revolves around two brothers, one seeking quiet and simplicity, one seeking fame and success. Lyndon, renouncing artistic stardom to farm Brussels sprouts, is strong-willed and love-lorn, battling developers who want to buy out his farm, battling his past and his feelings for his ex, battling the cavalcade of outsiders who have swept into his life and turned it upside down. Woody is an ill-fated over-achiever, a shmoozer, materialistic but unfulfilled, and the hilarious mishaps that befall him in this story turn out to be the best thing for him. Lee's prose is smart and finely-chiseled, the story fun and engaging, the characters unique. It's just the sort of contemporary American writing that I want to see more of. ( )
  ApollosCrow | Apr 3, 2013 |
If you know Half Moon Bay, the story is fun because it all takes place in Rosarita, er, Half Moon Bay and gets the local vibe pretty accurately. The story itself, though, isn't totally engaging because several of the characters are either off-putting or straight out of central casting or just don't ring true to me. Also he interrupts the story from time to time for extensive lectures on the life cycle of the snowy plover or the artistic conflicts of a sculptor. Still, a lot of energy and fun in there. ( )
  JoeCottonwood | Apr 1, 2013 |
  asianamlitfans | Nov 25, 2011 |
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A little Carl Hiaasen wackiness, a little Barbara Kingsolver environmental concern and maybe a little Richard Ford flawed husband/father just trying to please. Not a bad combination. A fun book filled with goofy but believable capital-c Characters. ( )
  mhgatti | Aug 24, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393062325, Hardcover)

An exhilarating comic satire with the quirky energy of The Wonder Boys and Sideways.

Lyndon Song, a renowned sculptor, has fled New York City to become a Brussels sprouts farmer in the small California town of Rosarita Bay. Lyndon has a brother, Woody, an indicted financier turned movie producer, and Woody has a plan, involving a golf-course resort on Lyndon's land and an aging kung-fu diva from Hong Kong with a mean kick and a meaner drinking problem.

A dreadlocked buddy with an artificial leg, a small plot of exceptionally lush marijuana, two field biologists studying western snowy plovers, a disgraced museum curator, and Lyndon's great love, the impulsive mayor of Rosarita Bay-these are only some of the complications in Lyndon and Woody's lives over one madcap Labor Day weekend.

Hilarious and philosophical, this many-hued novel about the landscape of contemporary "multicultural" America is critically acclaimed Don Lee's best book yet.

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When his movie-producer brother decides to film his latest project on his land, artist-turned-farmer Lyndon Song finds the plan complicated by a plot of marijuana, a disgraced museum curator, and Lyndon's politician lover.

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