A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice "
[A] modernist masterpiece. . . . True, his characters are young people living in Brooklyn. And he writes about the Internet. But we should stop calling Tao Lin the voice of his generation. Taipei
, his new novel, has less to do with his generation than with the literary tradition of Knut Hamsun, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Musil."–Benjamin Lytal, New York Observer "
Here we have a serious, first-rate novelist putting all his skills to work."–Clancy Martin, New York Times Book Review
"Mr. Lin casts a spell in Taipei
. . . . [It is] his
strongest book. At its best, it has distant echoes of early Hemingway, as filtered through Twitter and Klonopin: it's terse, neutral, composed of small and often intricate gestures. . . . it's about flickers of perception, flickers that the author catches as if they were fireflies."–Dwight Garner, New York Times
Amazing. . . . He's actually the best writer about what it's like to be f*cked up on drugs that I've ever read.–John Horgan, author of The End of Science
The most moving depiction of the way we live now. . . . unutterably moving.–Michael Silverblatt, KCRW's Bookworm
"One thing I like about Tao's writing is how beside the point for me 'liking' it feels – it's a frank depiction of the rhythm of a contemporary consciousness or lack of consciousness and so it has a power that bypasses those questions of taste entirely. Like it or not, it has the force of the real."–Ben Lerner, author of Leaving the Atocha Station
"[A] novel about disaffection that's oddly affecting. . . . for all its emotional reality, Taipei
is a book without an ounce of self-pity, melodrama, or posturing."–Publishers Weekly, starred review