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  • Between Two Shores

Between Two Shores

T. L. Tsim

English , 2020/11

Tags: Fiction

213 x 140 x 25 mm , 376pp ISBN / ISSN : 978-988-788-569-6

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T. L. Tsim tells the story which begins in California and ends in China. It is a detective tale with a subtle love interest. Victor Lin, a Chinese-American died in mysterious circumstances on a trip to the Thousand Island Lake south of the city of Hangzhou. His wife Anne Gavin, an Irish-American, went to China to find out what really happened. In the course of her investigation, she teamed up with David Han, an academic from Hong Kong who also lost his sister in the same “accident”. As the story unfolds, the reader is treated to an exploration of the Chinese mind torn between two cultures – the native Chinese culture and the culture of the West.

At one level, this is a story about corruption, obsession, and the quest for closure. But running through the story is the soul-searching of David Han and the identity crisis he was going through. In the course of telling the story, Between Two Shores takes the reader behind the shroud that hides the Chinese persona and reveals the fears, aspirations, frustrations and underlying beliefs of the Chinese people. It splits open the archetypal “Chinese characteristics” to reveal the deep-seated motivations which underpin Chinese behavior. It is a very revealing book and goes to depths never before explored.
 “I’ve greatly enjoyed reading this. It’s a novel that deserves to reach a wide readership… the writing is convincing and moving on a subject of the greatest importance to today – the internal dynamics and confusions of the Chinese identity in a cosmopolitan world.” 
–Professor John Minford, writer and also translator of the best-selling Penguin Classic The Story of the Stone

“It’s 99.9% brilliant… capturing the cultural/political differences and making predictions re the future of Hong Kong and China… I delayed getting to the end of the novel, fearing the author may not be able to tie together all the various strands. But he did.” 
–Joan Plaisted, retired US Ambassador

“It is a complex work…a book to make one think, an intelligent piece of writing, combining philosophical and emotional introspection with good and incisive dialogue. No mean feat. The characters live on the page.” 
–Professor Michael O’Neill of Nottingham Trent University

“I found the novel engrossing, with a strong plot and sympathetic characters underpinned by an extraordinarily ambitious exposition and analysis of the complex history of China, the Chinese psyche and contemporary politics. I particularly appreciated the fact that the writer didn’t shy away from the challenge of portraying how many different strands there are within each of the PRC, Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora. I think it may be unique in this regard.”
–Judith Ting Hanson, former Professor of English

Tsim Tak Lung writes under the name of T. L. Tsim. He read English literature at the University of Hong Kong and politics at the University of Manchester. He started his writing career at The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong with a column called “One Man’s View”. He also writes in the Chinese language and had, for many years, a weekly column in The Hong Kong Economic Journal. His Chinese essays on politics and culture were subsequently published in a series of six volumes entitled From Culture to Civilization (Oxford University Press in Hong Kong). He is also a broadcaster and political commentator.
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