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Wayson Choy (1939–2019)

Teoksen The Jade Peony tekijä

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Tietoja tekijästä

Wayson Choy was born in Vancouver, Canada on April 20, 1939. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1962. After working in advertising, he became a professor at Humber College. He taught there for more than 25 years. His first novel, The Jade Peony, was published in 1995 and näytä lisää received a Trillium Award and the City of Vancouver Book Award. His second novel, All That Matters, was published in 2004 and received the Trillium Prize. He also wrote two memoirs entitled Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood, which received the Edna Staebler Prize for Creative Non-Fiction, and Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying. In 2005, he was named to the Order of Canada. In 2015, he received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding literary career in B.C. He died after suffering cardiac arrest on April 27, 2019 at the age of 80. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Sisältää nimet: Wayson Choy, Wayson S. Choy

Tekijän teokset

The Jade Peony (1995) 651 kappaletta
All That Matters (2004) 247 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 1962 (1962) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta

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I'm still processing this book. There were some amazing and very interesting points of it. Particularly considering I live beside the city it's set in. ;)

I will say that I loved the characters Liang, Poh Poh, and Stepmother. I wish that I could sit down and drink tea and exchange stories with them for hours. Is it horribly sexist that I really only liked the female characters? Yeah, probably. LOL.
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beentsy | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 12, 2023 |
The Jade Peony, Wayson Choy's first novel and a RUSA Notable Book, is a genre-bending, memoirlike collection of stories about a family in Vancouver's Chinatown before and during World War II. Three siblings tell the stories of their very different childhoods in a world defined by change, each in their own way wresting autonomy from the strictures of history, family, and poverty. Sister Jook-Liang aspires to be Shirley Temple; adopted Second Brother Jung-Sum, who struggles with his sexuality, finds his way through boxing. Third Brother Sekky, who never feels comfortable with the multitude of Chinese dialects swirling around him, becomes obsessed with war games, and learns a devastating lesson about what war really means when his 17-year-old babysitter dates a Japanese man, with terrible consequences.

One of Choy's most compelling subjects is the fluidity of the extended family. The shadowy woman everyone calls Stepmother is a house servant and concubine who moves into the role of mother, giving birth to two of the siblings but never quite achieving full status. Many chapters focus on the powerful effects friends and neighbors have on the family and the importance of their names and titles.

Choy's evocations of life in Depression-era and wartime Vancouver are especially memorable: the bewildered air of Little Tokyo during the first Christmas after Pearl Harbor, a burned-down church that Sekky and his grandmother pick through for bits of the stained-glass windows--a metaphor for the family's task of sorting out what to keep and what to abandon as it moves into the future. Like the jade peony of the title, Choy's storytelling is at once delicate, powerful, and lovely.
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Centre_A | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 27, 2020 |
This is a story of a multi-generational Chinese family, their friends and neighbours before and during WWII in Vancouver. The three main stories are told by three of the four children: Jook Ling, Jung-Sum and Sek Lung.
This is the immigrant story of the hardships that Chinese labourers faced when they first came to Canada to work on the railroads or in labour camps. The inability to settle in the new country and wishing to return to China is present except for the children. It is interesting to witness the treatment of Japanese in Vancouver once Pearl Harbour is attacked. The grandmother, Poh Poh has a very strong influence on the family and represents the past and the culture of this community.
It’s a good story.
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MaggieFlo | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 16, 2019 |
I wanted to like this novel. I wanted to learn about another time and culture. I struggled so much to get into in and just when I finally started getting attached to a character, the point of view would change to another character and I'd feel as if I were starting over. Possibly just the wrong book at the wrong time...
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LivingReflections | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 2, 2018 |



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