Five Star Billionaire

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Five Star Billionaire
Author Tash Aw
Country Malaysia
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Fourth Estate

Five Star Billionaire is a novel by Tash Aw, published in 2013.

It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2013 Man Booker Prize, Aw's first nomination.


A series of narratives cover the experiences of Malaysian migrants attempting to settle in China and make new lives for themselves.


Writing for The Guardian, Aminatta Forma wrote...

Even where the narrative takes a dramatic turn, it is delivered in Aw's spare, fresh, cool, almost dispassionate prose, which though it succeeds in many ways somehow never quite leaves the page. Instead the characters drift towards their various destinies, caught in the whirlpool of Shanghai. There's more than a hint of fatalism in the air.[1]

Jan Stuart, writing for The Boston Globe wrote...

Tash’s ever-spiraling web of connections is as improbable as it is entertaining, but he knits his various threads with an elegance that, coupled with a photorealistic eye for the minutiae of urban life, can distract us from the holes that accumulate over his attenuated narrative...When it comes to deception, in the world according to Tash, two’s a crowd.[2]


  1. ^ Forma, Aminatta (8 March 2013). "Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw – review". London: The Guaridan. 
  2. ^ Stuart, Jan. "‘Five Star Billionaire’ by Tash Aw". The Boston Globe. 

External links[edit]

The New York Times review