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Change Of Flag- P [Paperback]

By Christopher New (Author)
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The last in the dynastic trilogy of the Dentons in China, that began in 1903, as chronicled in The New York Times bestseller, Shanghai. It is 1983. The second and third generations have settled in Hong Kong. Michael Denton, the family head, receives a message from his sister, a devout Communist. She has become disaffected with the political regime after the Cultural Revolution and wants his help to escape.

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Studio: Soho Press
Pages   242
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.7" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2003
Publisher   Soho Press
ISBN  9627160954  
ISBN13  9789627160953  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Christopher New for many years chaired the Department of Philosophy at Hong Kong University. He was born in England, educated at Oxford, and spent nearly thirty years in China.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Classics > Chinese
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
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The best of Christopher New's China Coast trilogy  Dec 18, 2005

A Change of Flag is the last and best installment in Christopher New's excellent China Coast trilogy. The opener -- Shanghai -- is a Clavell-esque epic, covering a half century of war, revolution and intrigue in one of the world's most fascinating cities. The second installment -- The Chinese Box -- is a dark, uncompromising tale of a failing marriage set amid the chaos of the mid-60s Cultural Revolution demonstrations in Hong Kong. The finale brings together strands from the earlier books. Descendants of John Denton -- the business tycoon protagonist of Shanghai -- interact with the world-weary literature professor Dimitri Johnston and other characters from The Chinese Box.

A Change of Flag is set in 1983-1984 as British and Chinese negotiators decided the fate of Hong Kong (with little input from the colony's residents). It tells several interconnected stories -- of a disillusioned Chinese communist seeking to flee the mainland; of a business tycoon struggling to protect his family from political uncertainty; of a has-been triad member seeking to make one last score; and more.

Christopher New is better at charting the East-West divide than any writer I've encountered. His Chinese characters are usually remorselessly practical, refusing to sacrifice themselves or their families for abstract ideals. But it's the well-intentioned, do-gooding Westerners who often cause more misery. New's hard-headed vision sometimes makes for depressing reading (especially in The Chinese Box). But A Change of Flag seems a bit more optimistic about the human condition, describing the willingness of people rally around those they love (or are related to).

White women don't come off very well in New's stories. In contrast to his graceful, serene Chinese beauties, New's Western women tend to be unattractive, vain, rude, asexual or lesbian. They fare better in A Change of Flag than they did in the earlier books: The American character Rachel is rendered somewhat sympathetically -- though she is naive, self-righteous and essentially asexual. And New hints touchingly at the enormous capacity for love possessed by Dimitri's promiscuous daughter, Elena.

This book shares one weakness with Shanghai: Christopher New does not seem terribly interested in what drives successful businessmen. The sensitive John Denton in Shanghai and his equally thoughtful son Robert in A Change of Flag are not really credible tycoons. They don't seem ruthless enough to accumulate fortunes in tumultuous circumstances.

But that's a quibble. The trilogy is great reading -- page-turning plots, sympathetic characters (you even find yourself pitying the aging triad), intelligent observation of the often-strained interaction between East and West and insightful asides on everything from academic jargon to the innerworkings of the triads.

A Change of Flag  Jul 22, 2005
Excecllent service and delivery, and good book but I am still reading it. Diane

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