Blending elements of the surreal with carefully observed details of life in present-day Beijing, Jonathan Tel's short stories offer a rich and highly entertaining guide to the city and its many and varied inhabitants-from a modern-day Monkey King to an equally contemporary indentured servant, from a boy tasting his first cotton candy to a Ming Dynasty princess posting her first online profile.
The stories offer a vicarious tour through modern Beijing and a long view of Chinese history. The reader flies through the book, chuckling over one character's trickery, moved by another's plight, and horrified at another’s unwitting actions, until reaching the culminating novella, which brings the whole book and its take on China back to the Western reader with a stunning immediacy.
Americans' newly minted fascination with China, stoked by the 2008 Olympics, can find both intellectual and artistic satisfaction in this collection.
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|Title of Suspense & Thrillers eBook: The Beijing of Possibilities|
|Release Date: 06-30-2009|
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|Publisher: Other Press|
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The Beijing of Possibilities
So who is he, this fellow in the furry disguise? His true name is unknown; no doubt he’s a migrant worker, not legally resident in the capital. The salary is pitiful, and the costume hot and itchy; he must be from the South. He’s not as tall as he looks: his real eyes are at the level of the Gorilla’s snout, and he speaks through a veil around its throat. Six days a week, he cycles around Beijing, going wherever he’s told; sometimes he’s in a hell of a rush, pedaling like crazy, scarcely time to pant his song before he dashes to the next appointment; but there’s downtime too–he un-Velcro’s his head and puffs a cigarette. There are worse ways to make a living.