By Tao Lin
A New York instances e-book Review Editor's Choice
"[A] modernist masterpiece. . . . precise, his characters are teens dwelling in Brooklyn. And he writes concerning the net. yet we must always cease calling Tao Lin the voice of his new release. Taipei, his new novel, has much less to do together with his new release 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 the sort of meta perspective towards his personal memories."—Benjamin Lytal, New York Observer
"Here we now have a major, pleasant 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 booklet. At its most sensible, it has far away echoes of early Hemingway, as filtered via Twitter and Klonopin: it truly is terse, impartial, composed of small and sometimes elaborate gestures. . . . it really is approximately glints of belief, glints that the writer catches as though they have been fireflies."—Dwight Garner, New York Times
"Amazing. . . . the simplest author approximately what it is wish to be f*cked up on medicinal drugs that i have ever read."—John Horgan, writer of The finish of Science
"One factor i admire approximately Tao's writing is how irrelevant for me 'liking' it feels -- it is a frank depiction of the rhythm of a modern awareness or loss of attention and so it has an influence that bypasses these questions of flavor completely. 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 truth, Taipei is a booklet with no an oz. of self-pity, melodrama, or posturing."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Lin is an existential author, rather, much less drawn to tracing the contours of his specific social crew 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 good looks, recollects the powerfully relocating finishing of David Markson's Wittgenstein's Mistress."—Slate
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Erin laughed loudly. “Jesus,” she acknowledged. “You made a Jack Nicholson facial features. ” “Really? ” stated Erin, and laughed. “Your eyebrows went,” stated Paul demonstrating. “Whoa,” stated Erin loudly. “I made a soundboard chortle. ” “Oh,” acknowledged Paul. “Oh,” he stated quietly, and moved towards a potted plant and, prior to attaining it, jumped in position, a bit of pressured by means of his personal habit. Erin acknowledged she notion Paul was once going to “jump on. ” there has been a suctioned, whooshing noise as they exited instantly establishing doorways onto a large sidewalk. Paul grew to become left—into Erin, who virtually dropped the MacBook—and sustained an uninhibited, yelping noise for 3 or 4 seconds, imagining himself as a butler in a Disney motion picture in comically lengthy restoration from nearly losing an elaborately layered tray of truffles and beverages. Paul had an urge to perform the noise again and again, with expanding frustration, attempting to ideal it—cut-scene to him in a straitjacket. “Jesus,” acknowledged Erin grinning. “Should i am getting dramatic pictures of the road? ” “Whatever you will have. ” “Dramatic ass shots,” stated Erin. “It’s your night,” stated Paul in imprecise connection with the Cinderella archetype of an attractive, oppressed, sympathetic personality that studies a busy reversal of fortune. “I retain considering ‘this is our evening’ for a few reason,” he stated a couple of minutes later, and his eyes felt glossy, and he considered shyness, popularity. “I ask yourself what it’s going to be like for us, for our twenty days here,” he stated as they crossed a road. “What are we going to … do? ” “What if we get divorced through then? ” “It turns out possible,” acknowledged Paul. “Twenty-eight days. ” “Twenty-eight days,” acknowledged Erin grinning. “Twenty-day immersion process. ” “Have you ever spent twenty immediately days—” “Yeah,” acknowledged Erin. “You have? ” “With Jennika. This summer season, in Seattle. ” “I suggest with a boyfriend,” stated Paul, and imagined himself turning into bodily faceted via swiftly dealing with diverse instructions, in 15-degree hobbies, advancing blurrily forward as a slightly noticeable, wave-like curvature. “Oh. Yeah. most likely. ” “Who? ” “First boyfriend. Kent. ” “Sleeping jointly? ” acknowledged Paul suppressing an urge to scream it in mock disbelief. Erin acknowledged they have been jointly “like on a daily basis” first and foremost and that “it appeared ok. ” Paul requested what she intended by way of “okay” and visualized “it appeared” darkening and “okay” brightening colorfully. He mock studied “okay,” which abruptly enlarged and disappeared via “flying” via him, it appeared. Paul felt vaguely, uncertainly amused. Erin used to be explaining that she and Kent didn’t struggle until eventually she used his machine to write down a paper and observed a folder of bare female friend photographs, which Kent acknowledged have been from see you later in the past he couldn’t take into account and that the lady lived in Poland and he didn’t consult her anymore, all of that have been lies. “How do you are feeling approximately our fights to this point? ” “I feel … they appear to be okay,” stated Erin descending stairs right into a powerfully air-conditioned MRT station, marbled and quiet and fresh, with the austere plainness of a longtime museum.