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Something Like a House Paperback – Jan 5 2001

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan UK - Trade (Jan. 5 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330486268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330486262
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g

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The Yellow Peril revisited Oct. 17 2012
By C. Yew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This novel, which is allegedly written after extensive research, is about a deserter of the Korean war, Jim Fraser, and his experiences in a Miao ethnic minority village. Alas, the novel fails to examine the human interests behind characters; it's just not a very engaging story where the main character is largely anonymous in the narrative. Jim Fraser never really connects with the reader, and furthermore, the sledgehammering of racial themes feels pretty heavy-handed. We may agree that racial discrimination could be found in any country, but somehow this seems to be a mere reworking of the "Yellow Peril" paranoia frequently encountered in the West. This book is a surprise winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2001. Not recommended.
Critics love it, readers not so much April 8 2014
By Linda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We had this in our book club - it is highly acclaimed by critics and won the Winner of the 2001 Whitbread First Novel Award. It has been diligently researched by the author (who had not visited China, so all research came from other sources). To me, it was a bit like a game of blind man's bluff whereby you grasp hold of one character and try to recognise who it is from all the facts you can gather. The whole book was stuffed full of facts that were espoused by different characters, but nothing really seemed to hang together. There was no real personality to any of the characters or empathy with them either. The ending just, well, ended. As though the author had no idea how to finish it off, or was even interested in his main character, Jim Fraser, any longer.

It's my guess that the awards and acclamation are solely for the apparent insight into Chinese life.

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