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Bryce Courtenay Humphrey Bower

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Fortune Cookie It s the s and the world of advertising is coming alive and it s an exciting world to be part of Simon Wong a Chinese Australian and promising young advertising executive is sent to Singapore to

It s the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive and it s an exciting world to be part of Simon Wong, a Chinese Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office.

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  1. Julie on said:

    I'm intrigued enough to keep going, but I do find the main character - the narrator - annoying. Courtenay requires that the reader maintains the image of an extremely stocky chinese man, which is fine, but then he has to also continually ram in the fact of his (Simon's) Australian-ness. Fourth Generation. Yup I got it, thanks Simon's as Aussie as they come, he just doesn't look like it and he just can't help but use every corny Aussie expression that ever was even though he just has to keep expl [...]

  2. Matt on said:

    Courtenay does it again! In this excellent historical novel, we enter the life of an Aussie with strong Chinese family ties, as he moves from his home in Oz to work in an advertising firm being created in Singapore. Courtenay draws on his years of experience in advertising and peppers it with his excellent desire to teach the reader about the history of the region. What seems like a book that takes you down one path leads you to many other outcomes as the forks in the road take you to another di [...]

  3. Sam Still Reading on said:

    I think I need to start off this review by saying that this novel is quite different from the other books I’ve read by Bryce Courtenay (I haven’t read all of them though). He is most well-known for his Australian historical books (such as The Story of Danny Dunn, The Potato Factory) but this book is a departure from those.Why? For starters, this book is set in the 1960s and very little of the action takes place in Australia. The majority is set in Singapore, just after Lee Kwan Yew came to p [...]

  4. Anian Christoph on said:

    Spoilt, sheltered and bored advertising honcho with artistic pretensions goes to 1960s Singapore to take on an executive role for a company run by three evil Chinese brothers. Despite their evilness our hero is of course a stellar business success, and one who enjoys the most shallow and primitive aspects of Expat debauchery, including regular sex with prostitutes and a culture of constant heavy drinking, without qualms or signs of redemption. He falls in lust with his relocation counsellor, a m [...]

  5. Debby on said:

    I am audible book addict, and this is why listening to a good narrator is vital to me. I think the main reason that I listen to Bryce Courtenay's books is that Humphrey Bower remains one of my favorite narrators. He makes the story interesting, just by all his different voices and accents. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, but I did. I found the history of Singapore, the Chinese, the reformation to be quite interesting. I got a little tired of hearing Simon referring to himself as [...]

  6. Kate on said:

    Abandoned it about 200 pages in. The narrator's voice didn't capture me the way it did in his novel The Power of One, which I liked a lot. And because the narrator summarizes a lot, I found myself craving more scenes, more action, not just his talking at me. Of course if the voice was captivating, I wouldn't have minded.

  7. Richard Mulholland on said:

    This is a tricky one to review. On one side this was a great story with great characters. On the other hand the Courtenay clearly isn't a fan of brevity. In fact in this book he gave brevity a running kick to the nuts. This book could (should) have been a third shorter. Some of the descriptions were agonising, and yet I finished it in just over a week, so really I must have enjoyed it :)

  8. VelveetaRanch on said:

    Ah Koo, the lone survivor of his ancient family and great-great-grandfather of the book’s protagonist, Simon Koo, flees his home in China during the Taiping Rebellion and begins a new life in the gold fields of 1850′s Australia. Through hard work and perseverance, Ah Koo eventually acquires a bit of land (10 acres of plundered cedar beside a permanently running creek), a Chinese wife named Little Sparrow (thanks to an arrangement with the headman of his village in China, of whom he requested [...]

  9. Davytron on said:

    I was recommended Bryce Courtenay by my friends who adore the author. Because of all the praise for Courtenay, I was surprised at how awful this book was. Wow, was this a boring read. I couldn't even finish it. I know rating a book before it is finished isn't really best practice but reading it was basically torture. I'm okay with despising or loving a protagonist, or even sort of liking them or sort of hating them; but not feeling anything about the main character in a novel does not make for a [...]

  10. Mona Ingram on said:

    Bryce Courtenay is without a doubt my favourite author but this book was a disappointment. I got tired of hearing about the fact that in spite of the main character being short and stocky he was considered a good lover. Tell us oncerhaps twice, but for goodness sake, don't insult the reader by telling us over and over! I actually found myself skipping over some pages which for me is most unusual. I think in this case Mr. Courtenay committed the dreaded sin against which Elmore Leonard cautions: [...]

  11. Myriam on said:

    I loved this book. It was a little slow going but it made it all the better. The characters are lively and engaging. You get caught in the story and find yourself relishing the exotic time travel experience offered. There is a mix of plausible, incredible and totally possible that makes this book stand outMaybe I am going to be hated when I say this but it's almost the feeling I get when I read a James Bond novel, except that I appreciate it a lot more because I don't spend a quarter of the read [...]

  12. Susan on said:

    As with many of his later books I find I want him to get on with it and not digress so much. I loved his first books and am still hooked after The Power of One and The Potato Factory, the first of his trilogy. There were many interesting details of Asian cultural ways and thinking in this book but the characters lacked somehow. This said, I am still always waiting for another of his books to appear.

  13. Raha on said:

    The story is easy to read. There are some repetitions here and there, but overall a pleasant novel masterfully portraying the intricacies of dealing with a foreign culture.

  14. Maureen on said:

    My first Bryce Courtney book and I loved it. Have been to Singapore and could relate to the place and also the time frame of the 1960's.

  15. Andrew Venables on said:

    The novel is told from the point of view of Simon Koo a adverting specialist who moves to Singapore. He falls for a mysterious, forbidden fruit of a woman name Mercy B. Lord.Fortune Cookie was a frustrating read. Glad I read it and finished it. But I do take umbrage regarding the way the story was told. Simon’s quest isn’t the most interesting and events play out around him, happen to other people or despite him. It’s a problem I have with a beloved Dickens novel so Bryce Courtney is in go [...]

  16. Leslie on said:

    Courtenay is a wonderful storyteller. I was first introduced to him with "Jack of Diamonds" and "Power of One", both of which I loved. Wasn't as crazy about "Jessica" but still a good read. This was better, probably a 4-1/2, which I've rounded up. He loves self-deprecating, capable and decent heroes. Main complaint is that the book description on the jacket cover was a spoiler, giving info that didn't emerge until near the end of the book.

  17. Victoria on said:

    My second Courtney book and it was an ok read. Too long and too much repetition. The story line was set in Australia and Singapore. Rich Chinese Australian kid goes to Singapore to work as a creative director in an Ad agency. Triads, drug, human trafficking is included here. As Courtney is well known for his research, this story doesn't fail on that score.

  18. Rose Anne Hutchence on said:

    A decent story well told, but one would expect no less from the author of The Power of One. I wouldn't go so far as to say, "excellent" or recommend it to my book club, but it's worth reading if only for insights into a bit of Asian history.

  19. Ina Steinke on said:

    waaaa, terrible. I had to stop reading after finishing 2/3 because I. Just. Could. Not. Anymore. And I ALWAYS!!! finish the books I read (it's basic respect to the author, if you ask me). The book goes on forever, the characters are tedious, the setting is dull and I can't even find the words to describe it right. The only reason I went on so far because I wanted to find out what happened to Mercy B. Lord. And I still want to know. Can someone tell me?

  20. Randy on said:

    I was a little disappointed with this book. I have come to expect great story telling from this author, and while the story was there, it was not as compelling as his other books.The plot is interesting. A fourth generation Chinese Australian takes a job in Singapore to carve his own niche in the world, away from his controlling family. Despite his Chinese features, he is immediately out of his comfort zone in a culture whose rules he does not understand. Guided by a beautiful, yet seemingly una [...]

  21. Paul on said:

    Bryce Courtenay was an Australian author who wrote over 20 books before his death in 2012. Unfortunately with the exception of " The Power of One" finding his books in the USA can be a challenge. has a number of them available for Kindle but if like me you are less a fan of ebooks, your best bet is bookdepository in Britain who have great prices and FREE shipping.Fortune Cookie tells the story of Simon Koo a fourth generation Chinese man who is sent to Singapore in the 1960's to set up the crea [...]

  22. Don on said:

    Fortune Cookie sat on my bookshelf, patiently waiting its turn to be read for nearly twelve months. I just wish I had picked it up at an earlier time as it is one of those books that keeps the midnight oil burning and, unfortunately, brings a good story to an end all too quickly.This narrative commences during Australia's gold rush of the 1850s with the main characters soon finding ways to make a living other than digging for gold. The stage is set for the reader to be whisked briefly into the s [...]

  23. The Cats Mother on said:

    This has taken me absolutely ages to get through, and I've read loads of journals etc recently because I just haven't been interested enough to go back to it, but I didn't want to give up on it so made a concerted effort and feel relieved it's over. The story wasn't terrible, just way too long and irritatingly repetitive. Why do we have to hear over and over how short Simon is, how beautiful Mercy B. Lord is (not to mention the stupid way he refuses to shorten her name) is, how much Dransford dr [...]

  24. Annie Oosterwyk on said:

    I continue to enjoy Courtenay's books and have only a couple more to listen to. I may need to ration the rest. No, life is too short.This story was a look at the early days of advertising in Singapore during the 1970s. The backstory of one of the richest families in Australia (they were Chinese immigrants from the 1800s) is very interesting. Courtenay describes the power structure of society at the time and then continues the thread when the story jumps to the 70s. The main character, Simon, is [...]

  25. Kathleen Hagen on said:

    Fortune Cooky, by Bryce Courtenay, Narrated by Humphrey Bowers, Produced by Bolinda Audio, downloaded from audible.Alas, I think I have reached the end of these epic novels written by Courtenay and narrated by Bowers-an unbeatable combination! In this book a fourth generation Australian, half Chinese, is an ad agency employee. He leaves Sydney to take a job as the director of the Creative Department in a firm in Singapore where he is supposed to do creative ad writing. But there are many strikes [...]

  26. Melanie on said:

    If I can be brutally honest I have to say I didn't enjoy Fortune Cookie as much as some of Bryce Courtenay's other books. The blurb sounded great so I had high hopes. If I was to divide the book into thirds, I would say the first and third part was outstanding, so rich in history but I found the middle third lacked. It seemed to jump around a lot so was a little confusing. But on saying that the book is wonderfully researched and goes into a lot of Chinese history. The Gold rush in Australia, th [...]

  27. Kara on said:

    This book was very different from anything I have read before and for that I liked it. I enjoyed the history woven through the story and the character development. I found the way Courtenay wove the story and wrapped up the details to be unique. I do give this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I found some of the book to be tedious. There were times where I felt Courtenay over explained the obvious to make sure the read really understood the connection. Nothing was left to the reader to say Oh! [...]

  28. Tricia Riley on said:

    I love Bryce Courtenay's books. This is a bit different to his other books as it has been set in Singapore.A young man (Simon) from Chinese heritage goes and works in Singapore for a marketing agency and makes a life for himself. He falls in love with a girl who has a secret past.The story does cover two different time periods, firstly the one in which Simon is living. The other time period is his ancestor who has a predictive dream.It is a good read, but it is long. It does cover an interesting [...]

  29. Cheryl Rouse on said:

    Although I did not choose this book to read, and received it as a Christmas present, I persevered through it. The author is of the "write as much as possible" mindset and apparently has not heard "show don't tell". I often skim/scanned the book to get to the main story as the descriptions of China, Burma, Thailand and various other Asian countries' histories got pedantic. The actual story line was good, and the main character endearing, but the introduction of the characters nearer to the end of [...]

  30. Anne on said:

    I love just about everything Bryce Courtenay writes and this novel was no exception. It started a little slowly but picked up pace and never slowed down. His detailed, descriptive writing style and research that he puts into his novels always fascinates and leaves me wanting to learn even more about time periods, countries and dramatic situations that are intriguing but personally foreign to me. I always listen to my books now and of course it helps that it was (as are most of Bryce's novels are [...]

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