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Clunky, somewhat frustrating, but abnormally compelling novel It has its share of issues but for those interested in the time and place, it s well worth reading. A pleasant read but a tragic tale told mostly in third person about an idealistic individual trapped between two cultures in a world being drawn into the chaoitic vortex of WW II in Asia. The protagonist, Hu Taiming, is educated so cross culturally that he ceases to belong to any one culture Every traditional activity, even a going away party staged for him by his own family, seems stupid and indulgent to him Further, he feels at home nowhere and is suspected by everyone Traveling between Taiwan, Japan, and Mainland China, he is regarded everywhere as an outsider, not to be trusted If Hu s predicament weren t so sympathetic, and the writing not so good, the book would be The protagonist, Hu Taiming, is educated so cross culturally that he ceases to belong to any one culture Every traditional activity, even a going away party staged for him by his own family, seems stupid and indulgent to him Further, he feels at home nowhere and is suspected by everyone Traveling between Taiwan, Japan, and Mainland China, he is regarded everywhere as an outsider, not to be trusted If Hu s predicament weren t so sympathetic, and the writing not so good, the book would be an unmitigated turn off However, it is very well done and hard to put down This book chronicles a Taiwanese intellectual s life under Japanese rule and his struggle to find an identity It provides many insights and has high historic value However, it is not a good novel It readslike a journal There is not a single memorable scene in it. First Published In Now Available In English For The First Time, Orphan Of Asia Describes The Plight Of A Young Chinese Man Working For The Japanese Colonial Regime In S Taiwan Trapped Between Two Cultures, The Hero Embarks On A Journey In Search Of Self Realization A useful read that shows the complexity of identity in Taiwan An issue that resonates today Author lived 4km from me. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book built very slowly for me and I had trouble understanding the main character Hu Taiming for quite a while By the last third I was completely empathizing with him and the situations swirling around him and I dreaded ending the book because it became clear how it would end for him I wonder how fictional this story really is I feel as if Hu Taiming is meant to stand as a metaphor for all of Taiwan during the Japanese colonial era I recommend this to anyone interested in the period, This book built very slowly for me and I had trouble understanding the main character Hu Taiming for quite a while By the last third I was completely empathizing with him and the situations swirling around him and I dreaded ending the book because it became clear how it would end for him I wonder how fictional this story really is I feel as if Hu Taiming is meant to stand as a metaphor for all of Taiwan during the Japanese colonial era I recommend this to anyone interested in the period, Taiwan, Japan s imperialism in Asia and ww2 and colonialismbroadly As others have pointed out, the book s merits are perhapsin its historically and culturally significant depiction of identity than in its prose It is an important document in understanding the difficult issues of national and cultural identity in Taiwan, a society that has been balancing between the competing influences of China and Japan The English translation is of high quality throughout, making it enjoyable to read. my rating refers to the translation it s serviceable and it reads well, but sometimes the english really tripped me up especially with the poems side note interesting and also kind of funny as in funny haha that this book would be billed as modern chinese literature from taiwan you could contest like almost every word in that sentence a decent portrait of cultural rejection, though i thought the ending was a implausible and unsatisfying it was also lacking in details and we never really feel that this person is a human being, not just a personification of taiwan perhaps it was too ambitious to try to do in in 200 odd pages.