By Tao Lin
A New York occasions e-book Review Editor's Choice
"[A] modernist masterpiece. . . . precise, his characters are youth residing in Brooklyn. And he writes concerning the net. yet we should always cease calling Tao Lin the voice of his new release. Taipei, his new novel, has much less to do along with his iteration than with the literary culture of Knut Hamsun, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Musil. . . . I cheerfully wrote "Proust" within the margin early on—because the hero, a tender author named Paul, takes this sort of meta perspective towards his personal memories."—Benjamin Lytal, New York Observer
"Here we've a significant, first-class novelist placing all his talents to work."—Clancy Martin, New York instances publication Review
"Mr. Lin casts a spell in Taipei. . . . [It is] his most powerful e-book. At its most sensible, it has far away echoes of early Hemingway, as filtered via Twitter and Klonopin: it is terse, impartial, composed of small and sometimes difficult gestures. . . . it is approximately sparkles of notion, sparkles that the writer catches as though they have been fireflies."—Dwight Garner, New York Times
"Amazing. . . . the simplest author approximately what it is prefer to be f*cked up on medicinal drugs that i have ever read."—John Horgan, writer of The finish of Science
"One factor i love approximately Tao's writing is how inappropriate for me 'liking' it feels -- it is a frank depiction of the rhythm of a modern attention or loss of attention and so it has an influence that bypasses these questions of flavor totally. love it or now not, it has the strength of the real."—Ben Lerner, writer of Leaving the Atocha Station
"[A] novel approximately disaffection that is oddly affecting. . . . for all its emotional fact, Taipei is a publication with no an oz. of self-pity, melodrama, or posturing."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Lin is an existential author, fairly, much less attracted to tracing the contours of his specific social team than in describing the very own and infrequently insufferable tyranny of one's personal brain. . . . the novel's climactic scene. . . . builds over a couple of pages to a revelation that, in its sheer unforeseen attractiveness, recollects the powerfully relocating finishing of David Markson's Wittgenstein's Mistress."—Slate
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Yeah. And he has an incredible factor in his arm—his dialysis computer. ” “From ingesting alcohol? ” “He didn’t say why,” acknowledged Erin, and a guy donning a motorbike helmet within the close to distance walked promptly around the sidewalk, seeming “too cozy in his motorbike helmet,” concept Paul with mock disapproval, right into a 7-Eleven. “What if we simply moved here,” acknowledged Paul. “Let’s circulation here,” acknowledged Erin with enthusiasm. “Since we don’t have neighbors. What might we do forever? ” “Work on writing,” stated Erin. “We’d need to return, to do promoting issues. ” “We pays humans to fake to be us. ” “Interns,” stated Erin. “Backpacks,” stated Paul a couple of minutes later a couple of vat-like box of generic-looking backpacks, outdoor a shoes shop. “What do you're thinking that of those? ” “They appear sturdy. easy. ” “Your purple backpack … is quite dirty,” stated Paul, and laughed nervously. “It in simple terms appears soiled. I fresh it much. ” “Backpack,” stated Paul touching a black backpack. “I could purchase one yet my mother stated she’s paying for me one for Christmas,” stated Erin. After peeing in an MRT station they made up our minds to discover a McDonald’s and improvise Taiwan’s First McDonald’s. Paul’s MacBook had seventy-two mins of battery strength last. They couldn’t discover a McDonald’s, after round 5 mins, yet Burger Kings have been in view, in order that they made up our minds to do Taiwan’s First Burger King, then crossed a road and observed a McDonald’s, six to 10 blocks away. “Let’s no longer speak until eventually we get there,” acknowledged Paul. “But commence considering. ” “Let’s now not reflect on what to assert, let’s do exactly it,” stated Erin. “Just as an scan, let’s no longer speak until eventually we get there. ” “Oh,” acknowledged Erin. “Okay, ok. ” Paul stared at her with an exaggeratedly disgusted expression, which she reciprocated. They ran diagonally throughout 3 lanes to a mean and held their open fingers out to motorcyclists advancing within the areas among slow-moving and stopped autos, as though by way of vacuum suction. humans on one motorbike shouted “hey, good day, pass, yeah! ” and slapped Erin’s palm. Paul and Erin, either smiling generally, crossed to a sidewalk and grew to become towards McDonald’s. Paul took the MacBook and stared in earnest fascination—feeling nearly appalled, yet with no aversion—as Erin ran and leaped stomach-first onto front of a parked motor vehicle, then speed-walked away with hands tight opposed to her facets, crossing Paul’s imaginative and prescient, supernatural and comical as a mysterious creature on YouTube, ahead of evenly taking the MacBook. Paul stared angrily on the sidewalk together with his physique bent ahead, imagining a robust magnet dragging him through a strip of steel on the most sensible of his brow. He started hitting his head with balled fists. Erin hit his head, and he immediately stared at her in mock disbelief. Erin grasped the ground of an invisible commencing midair with either palms prolonged, now not absolutely, above her. Paul, staring with earnest astonishment, imagined a ventilation-system-like tunnel and pulled her palms down whereas attempting to feign an expression of “feigned disgust unsuccessfully concealing tremendous excitement,” as though Erin had unknowingly chanced on the doorway to a spot Paul had lately stopped attempting (after a decade of study, giant debt, the inadvertent nurturing of an delinquent character) to find.