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History's Fiction - 2nd Edition [Paperback]

By Xu Xi (Author)
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This new edition includes a reading guide for English teachers and students Lingnan University's Mike Ingham. From the turbulent sixties through the nineties, here is a "history" of Hong Kong, told through fiction by one of Hong Kong's top writers. Written over the past thirty years, these stories represent the evolution and shaping of a voice, as she strives to create art out of her birthplace, "the city that remains my perpetual concern." Here are portraits of Hong Kong, painted with compassion and love against the backdrop of historical events.

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Studio: Chameleon Press
Pages   218
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   Chameleon Press
ISBN  9889706121  
ISBN13  9789889706128  

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Literary
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical

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save your money  Feb 22, 2002
I expected better. For someone described as a "truly international writer" and lauded for "weaving paradoxes" or some other critical crap, this book was a real flop.

Supposedly exploring the many sides of Hong Kong throughout the decades, it doesn't glue in any way, and the disjointed prose hardly helps. There was one good story (the one about the letters), and I forgot its name (sorry).

As a Hong Kong resident, I thought, ugh, I mean, just what is it, this trend of "new-wave oriental fiction", defiantly flouting their cultural identity while succumbing to capitalistic pleasures and all that? It just adds to the crumbling heap of bad-lit like "Daughter of China" and so on.

Fiction vs. History  Aug 25, 2001
I went to Xu Xi's History's Fiction expecting a humorless survey of East meets West cultural musings, but I'm happy to say the book didn't deliver. What I found was a sharp and witty comment on four decades in the life of a city. Xu Xi acheives just that; she turns Hong Kong into the most compelling character of the book. The book is divided into four sections, the 90's, 80's, 70's and 60's. Each section has a pivotal event ripped from actual history. The 90's has the turnover, the 80's has Tienemen Square. The characters are ecclectic, and they truly surprise you in their quirks and reactions. My favorites include a women who receives a manuscript from her past, and a teenage pianist who feels more than a little stifled. As a totally Western reader, I'm grateful for the wide-ranging glimpse Xu Xi has given me into one the truly unique cities on the planet.

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