Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bye Amanpulo (Back Home To Hong Kong)

drying my hand wash in the warm wind

a last lunch of tacos at the beach club

After a few days of finishing The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee, which I did not love in the end*, I spent three deliciously lazy days looking at fashion mags. Prada for Spring is gorgeous.

Bye Amanpulo

*Janice Lee knows Hong Kong very well and shows us this by endlessly listing its peculiarities: white powder on the hiking paths to ward off snakes, Western women trailed by heavy load carrying servants, Lantau is an island that is "grotty and small" where "people kept beehives and made their own jam", but rarely examines these observations in detail. In fact, I was much more interested in the description of Korean society and rituals she writes about. Hong Kong is just a shallow background to the lives of Margaret and Hilary. But Korea and Korean Queens are stamped with indelible ink onto Mercy's soul. I much prefer Janice's earlier book The Piano Teacher. 

If you are curious about Hong Kong, find a great list of books HERE.

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