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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of My Other Life comes a witty novel set against the backdrop of Hong Kong's reunification with China.

Neville "Bunt" Mullard and his mother, Betty, see Hong Kong as part of Great Britain; a cozy, monotonous, beguilingly pleasant part, in which the family business has afforded them a comfortable living. They can see China from their living room, but they have never been there. Here in Hong Kong it is possible to despise Chinese food while enjoying big breakfasts, high tea, the race meetings at Happy Valley, and the "Blue hotels" of Kowloon Tong, where Bunt sometimes rents a room by the hour. Certainly they have never been forced to think about the impending "Chinese take-away" until mainland businessman Mr. Hugo offers them a tidy sum for their textile factory. Bunt refuses him out of hand, but it soon emerges that this well-spoken gentleman is different from the Hong Kong Chinese the Mullards have lived alongside for years: Mr. Hung will accept no refusals. The disappearance of a young woman from the factory forces Bunt to make decisions that matter, and at age 43, perhaps he may also discover true love.

©1995 Paul Theroux (P)1997, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books

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Old HK expat here

he nailed the zeitgeist of Hong Kong pre-handover . I knew people that were in similar situations as Bunt. I suppose this book is much more appealing to those that have an intimate knowledge of the place, much as Saint Jack with Singapore.

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  • 07-21-19

Nice ambiance of pre-handover HK but limited depth

I enjoyed the set up, evoking wistful nostalgia in a very convincing way and the story to around the half way point was compelling but it felt like it peaked early and then ended without really getting going or exploring the resolution.. or resolving some of the important negative aspects of characters in the story The performance was okay. I managed to listen throughout but an american was a poor choice for this book, and all the accents were terrible - especially the chinese ones which were a touch problematic. At best its a 'found on a shelf and had nothing better to do on a sunny day' book

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  • Sam Corkindale
  • 05-30-20

Accent!

Why choose an American narrator for a clearly British themed book forcing him to do excruciating British accents. He did his best but really.... no.