The Invisibility Cloak (New York Review Books Classics)

The Invisibility Cloak New York Review Books Classics An NYRB Classics OriginalThe hero of The Invisibility Cloak lives in contemporary Beijing where everyone is doing their best to hustle up the ladder of success while shouldering an ever growing burden

  • Title: The Invisibility Cloak (New York Review Books Classics)
  • Author: Ge Fei Canaan Morse
  • ISBN: 9781681370200
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Invisibility Cloak (New York Review Books Classics)

    An NYRB Classics OriginalThe hero of The Invisibility Cloak lives in contemporary Beijing where everyone is doing their best to hustle up the ladder of success while shouldering an ever growing burden of consumer goods and he s a loser Well into his forties, he s divorced and still doting on his ex , childless, and living with his sister her husband wants him out in anAn NYRB Classics OriginalThe hero of The Invisibility Cloak lives in contemporary Beijing where everyone is doing their best to hustle up the ladder of success while shouldering an ever growing burden of consumer goods and he s a loser Well into his forties, he s divorced and still doting on his ex , childless, and living with his sister her husband wants him out in an apartment at the edge of town with a crack in the wall the wind from the north blows through while he gets by, just, by making customized old fashioned amplifiers for the occasional rich audio obsessive He has contempt for his clients and contempt for himself The only things he really likes are Beethoven and vintage speakers Then an old friend tips him off about a special job a little risky but just don t ask too many questions and can it really be that this hopeless loser wins This provocative and seriously funny exercise in the social fantastic by the brilliantly original Ge Fei, one of China s finest living writers, is among the most original works of fiction to come out of China in recent years It is sure to appeal to readers of Haruki Murakami and other fabulists of contemporary irreality.

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    1. Trish

      This wonderful short novel, Ge Fei’s first translated to English, has just been published by NYRB as a Classics Original. The cover copy calls it a “comic novel” and it is the sense of the straight man in a comic duo undergoing relationship trouble, family trouble, and job trouble in a fast modernizing Beijing. Our hero—we only ever learn his surname, Cui (pronounced Ts-wei)—plays the straight man role to the end, never quite losing his nerve, though he comes close, while we watch help [...]

    2. Tony

      Contains a plot outline which may constitute spoiling.You fall in love in a shoe store but your mother warns against a marriage. You marry anyhow. Your mother, terminally ill, waits out her sickness until your wife runs away with the shop manager. You fix his stereo anyhow. Your sister kicks you out of your apartment, but not before she tries to set you up with some androgynous divorcée. You fix the divorcée's stereo anyhow. Your best friend turns out to be a real shit, but not before he sets [...]

    3. Hadrian

      Story of a humble and earnest man, perhaps too earnest for his own good, who makes a living installing high-tech audio systems for the rich and powerful in Beijing. This doesn't have so much of a plot, but is a series of events, and the author takes special care to skewer the pretensions of the nouveau-riche. “你会突然发现、其实生活还是他妈的挺美好的。不是吗?”"You realize, life really is fucking beautiful. Right?"

    4. Caroline

      Wonderful. Beautiful writing about the value of art and the integrity of artists in bad times. Also about the impossibility of understanding what can cause people we thought were family and friends to turn against us. Finding companionship in unexpected places. Dedication. Humor. Fear. A fine book to read now. I would give this story of a middle aged man who barely scrapes by in Beijing by building very high quality tube based audio systems for occasional wealthy customers four stars; I'm ponder [...]

    5. Reid

      PS: For me, a much more enjoyable updated and realistic version of Stoner. They love their work, but the world relentlessly does not love them back. Cue the violins.Excellent novel. I read this a 2nd time, and I like it a lot. It's got everything. There are quips and lines that are very funny. There's a good simple plot, great writing and great translation. Good social themes, and some provocative philosophical thoughts. And an original protagonist with a great narrated voice, but a story that's [...]

    6. Sofia

      I really enjoyed reading this. It gave me a view of Beijing which is rare for me. I usually just get smoggy pictures on the news.Fei leaves us to interpret what we are reading so what I'm writing here is my interpretation with one eye closed and one eye open as per his recommendation for a 'beautiful fucking life'.Fei dabbles with the concept of how beauty, wealth, success all come at a price, they do not exist in a vacuum and they are carnivorous in their need for admiration, attention. What is [...]

    7. Chris

      Oct 2016 NYRB Club SelectionTalk about reading a book about life, this is it. If all of Ge Fei's work is like this, he deserves the Nobel.One story about man's life and his desire for something, is actually a brilliant comment about most lived.

    8. jo ianni

      I'm not sure anyone will enjoy this book the way I enjoyed this book --- I'm sorry if anyone reads this off my rating

    9. Paul Secor

      For years, I've had a voyeuristic fascination with the world of audiophiles - folks who are constantly changing their audio systems or tinkering with the equipment they have in order to improve the sounds they hear. In the end, I decided that wasn't a world I wanted to live in. I love music too much to want to add a neurosis (I probably already have enough of those already) to something I love even more than reading. The audiophile world can be fascinating, though, and that's the main reason I b [...]

    10. Mengfei Chen

      Maybe it's because I live in and love Beijing, but I loved reading this book and recognizing the places, the hutongs, DZM, Maliandao than that this book, its audiophile protagonist and the Beijing it is set in feel modern and humane. Also, excellent translation.

    11. Hubert

      This short novella features a main character somewhat down in life; he works as a fixer-upper of audio equipment for the nouveau riche in modern China. Beset by forces of China's new capitalism, a sister (and brother-in-law) who thinks little of him, and a less-than-honest childhood friend, by the end of the book he comes to terms with himself and begins to generate more emotional connectivity with those around him.Some have compared Ge with Murakami; I find Murakami more about the supernatural, [...]

    12. Q

      I loved this! Every moment was so vivid and compelling, as was every character - Cui Lihua and her oafish husband, the callous Jiang Songping, the quietly sly Yufen and Cui's mother's perception of her, the poor Meizhu, the subtly cruel Ding Caichen and his secretive widow, the earnest Cui himself who thumbs his nose at the pretensions of everyone else and never quite escapes his own righteousness. This was a rich, funny, and concise sketch of the personalities in contemporary urban Chinese soci [...]

    13. June

      The writing is in a style of oral storytelling (full of Beijing slang). I was compelled to read (as if listen to), non-stop, Cui's seemingly passive narration, sad, funny, haunting. Everyone (except protagonist Cui) in the book wears a cloak to hide the true nature unseen by readers and even Cui himself up to certain points where the plot develops.I was lost in the coined modern phrases on classical music and audio technology (perhaps English version will clarify), nevertheless captivated by the [...]

    14. Peter Landau

      THE INVISIBILITY CLOAK by Ge Fei is what a friend called loser literature. The author, well-known in his native China and translated into English for the first time with this novel, sketches out a narrator who fits the bill: cuckolded and then divorced by his attractive wife, thrown out of his sister’s apartment, an electronics nerd who best connects with the stereo equipment he builds for wealthy audiophiles. The short book follows his minor misadventures and subtly builds to something weirde [...]

    15. David Lutes

      This is an exceptional novel. I am very happy to find Fei and hope to read more. This story of an audio system builder in Beijing is a fantastic exploration of beauty, craft, family relations, and love. Cui is a bit of a sad sack, but we pull for him to break away from his shackles of money, love, and devotion to a dying industry. This is an enjoyable and provocative read.

    16. Adam Calhoun

      "But how could a mafioso be forced to commit suicide?" I continued."It only goes to show," she said, "that there are forces in this society more terrifying than the mafia."The Invisibility Cloak is a book about the the forces in society that are more terrifying than the mafia. This is the Chinese generation that grew up after Communism destroyed society's traditions; this is the Chinese generation that has to reckon with the benefits and ills of capitalism.The main character is someone out of an [...]

    17. Ulla

      A wonderful short story about the trials of being too nice and not having a good sense of what you want and how much you want it. I enjoyed it tremendously.

    18. Jerrod

      This slender book follows a builder of bespoke sound systems. Middle-aged, divorced, and living paycheck to paycheck, but not in poverty, Mr. Cui seems to heap disdain on just about everyone, especially about their musical tastes and abilities (there is one part where he describes an 8 or 9 year old as being not very good). Not much actually happens in the book, which is mostly a description of people Mr. Cui knows or interacts with (e.g his sister is kicking him out of an apartment that has a c [...]

    19. Christopher

      This is the first Chinese novel I've read, and I'm embarrassed by how much it exposed my ignorance and naiveté about modern China. For some reason I expected this book and its characters to be much more I don't know old-fashioned, sheltered from the rest of the world, much more proper. But (other than the names which I had some trouble keeping track of because of my unfamiliarity with them), it was a remarkably similar experience to any modern American novel I'd pick up.I've read that Ge Fei is [...]

    20. Jason Furman

      A nice window into the foibles of contemporary Beijing, this novella is told in the first person by a somewhat hapless sole proprietor of a high-end stereo speaker installation business who caters to the rich and indifferent in Beijing. He is treated poorly by his ex-wife, sister, best friend, and mysterious mafioso for whom he installs a high-end audio system. Even worse, his clients to do not share his deep love of classical music and generally do not even notice his existence. This is the fir [...]

    21. Michael

      Ge Fei has a gift for making the ordinary utterly mesmerizing. It will take some meditation to understand the depth of what lies behind the prose. A Chinese translation which may explain some of the lack of clarity, though suspect this has more to do with the Taoist aesthetic out of which this work was born. It's a quick and beautiful read and a detailed window into an amazing musical world and I'd recommend it for those reasons alone. But I feel that there is more here that meets they eye and I [...]

    22. kirsten

      "I'm the kind of person who likes to let my perceptions float on the surface of things. I felt bad for Horsewhip, because even at that young age I had come to a personal realization: the best attributes of anyone or anything usually reside on the surface, which is where, in fact, all of us live out our lives. Everyone has an inner life, but it's best if we leave it alone. For as soon as you poke a hole through that paper window, most of what's inside simply won't stand up to scrutiny."

    23. Bjorn

      3.5, really.Strangely rootless, strangely even-tempered, even though our narrator passes just by some pretty scary shit, like an extra in Scarface set in post-Deng China where everything's for sale and nothing has value. The words high fidelity aren't actually used (to my knowledge; read the Swedish translation) but echo throughout. It's all very, very well-composed and played. It's just that Satie tends to bore me a bit, y'know?

    24. Emily

      I picked this up after reading "A Flock of Brown Birds," which I enjoyed slightly more than "The Invisibility Cloak." The parts of the "Invisibility Cloak" I enjoyed most were those where the main character was describing his childhood and life as a long man in Beijing. He builds custom sound systems and I'd say I probably know for more about those than I'll ever need to, especially living in a 600 sq ft apartment. That said, I know at least one audiophile who is likely to enjoy it.

    25. Mike

      While this book is a short easy read and a decent enough portrait of life in post-Communist Beijing, there is nothing particularly special about it and not much happens. We get a lot of detail about the narrator's work selling Hi-Fi systems to wealthy clients. Ge Fei obviously knows a lot about Hi-Fi equipment and classical music recordings. Ho hum.

    26. Maju

      Hay un momento en el que los tiempos se aceleran demasiado. Me gustó mucho el ritmo en general y el párrafo final. Creo que quien sepa de música clásica podrá disfrutar de esta novela mucho más de lo que yo lo hice.

    27. Jackmccullough

      Not much to say here beyond the stock description. I didn't find it funny, didn't particularly relate to the characters, and overall I found it to be slight. Sure, you can say, he only had 144 pages, but I'm not the one who told him to stop writing before he came up with a compelling story.

    28. Greg

      I really liked the voice and style (which is probably an indicator of a great translator as much as a great author) but it turns out I need a little more plot than this. It's an engaging character study, but left me wanting much more.

    29. Jason King

      The world is full of "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life" messages. This short book is one of those that questions that (along with another New York Review of Books novel, Stoner, which might be my favorite book ever) - and it's one of the best books I've ever read.

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