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Wu's autobiographical novel, completed in 1945 at the end of Japan's colonial rule of Taiwan, and here translated into English for the first time, traces the path of Hu Taiming. Raised in a traditional Taiwanese family, he retains an admiration for China, his ancestral homeland. Even within his own family, Taiming is pulled in opposite directions. His grandfather, Old Hu, takes him to study classic literature at a Chinese school. Old Hu's nephew, Zhida, a policeman who speaks Japanese, causing his family to treat him like a stranger, thinks Taiming should attend the more modern public school. He does, then later travels to Japan for further study. A friend gets him a teaching job in China, but Taiming is forced to leave because of growing anti-Taiwanese sentiment. Back in Taiwan, Taiming, trusted by few, feels like "a small rudderless boat drifting between the currents of two epochs." Wu's novel provides a unique and perceptive look at the consequences of colonial rule and at the roots of some of today's Asian conflicts. Deborah Donovan
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"It serves as an eye-opener to a less well-known chapter of Taiwan's history." -- Library Journal "Unique and perceptive look at the consequences of colonial rule and at the roots of some of today's Asian conflicts." -- Deborah Donovan, Booklist "The novel offers a rich panorama filled with telling economic and political details... The cumulative effect is devastating." -- Kirkus

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A great insight into the Taiwanese identity during recent history Jan. 13 2012
By Timothy M. Durkin - Published on
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This book tells a compelling story mirroring the question of the Taiwanese identity during very turbulent times as the island finds itself transitioning from a part of China to a part of the Japanese empire and enemy of China, and then finally to an ambiguous state after the defeat of Japan in WWII.
Awesome June 25 2014
By Jonathan Heimer - Published on
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Truly a aamazing piece. The authors style is perfect because it adds to the characters without using detail, it's how Zhuoliu Wu writes at times that captivates you.

Also the characters are amazing and I felt so connected to them. I felt that I was growing older as I was reading it, that I was there with Taiming.
amazing story Aug. 20 2014
By Ree - Published on
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The book successfully connects oneself with the characters, it allows the reader to relate the historical backgrounds during Sino-Japanese War period to the story.