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LOVE NEW THINGS NEW THINGS WITH new things new things with hint of danger and intrigue will discover that Paul Blaney s Handover has many gritty delights to offerThe novella is also a spot on description of the the beauty and poverty of Kong Kong during a time in its history when nothing was certain Paul Blaney s three part novel takes place months weeks and days before Britain handed over Hong Kong to China in 1997 Each story overlaps just enough with the other to link them together If Wong Kar wai were to make an expat version of Chungking Express he would adapt HandoverThe book starts with the story of Tess a recent graduate from the UK She leaves her family and a boyfriend back in England to find herself in Hong Kong An aunt and uncle live in Happy valley and have extended an open invitation to and have extended an open invitation to So she takes them up on it and through her uncle s connection finds a job as a newspaper photo editor She s not impressed with the groups of detached expats she meets and is determined not to be like them At work she strikes up a friendship with Sam a graphic designer and cartoonist Sam is one of the few locals in her office and it s soon apparent to is one of the few locals in her office and it s soon apparent to that the East West divide at play in Hong Kong also defines local and expat relationships at work Tess shuns that behavior and spends her lunch breaks with Sam On her days off she thinks of him She even asks to meet his mother a chicken farmer One evening their relationship changes forever Is it a cultural misunderstanding or was their relationship doomed from the beginningThe next story revolves around Rob a recent UK transplant He comes to Hong Kong because his last girlfriend had lived there for a couple of years before they met back in the UK Although Rob had a comfortable and satisfying job in England he gives that up to experience the Hong Kong that Jane new He lives in a couple of backpacker hostels in Kowloon presumably in or around Chungking Mansions until he finds a small flat in Kennedy Town on Hong Kong Island Tess from the first story also lives in the same building Rob finds a job as a bartender in a posh hotel bar twenty plus stories above ground level in Tsim Sha Tsui The bar patrons are mostly an expat crowd who go there to enjoy the stunning harbo. Three is haunted by an enigmatic ex lover As the date of the Handover draws closer and each of the three falls further under the spell of their adopted city their lives criss cross and start spinning out of control July 1st dawn of the reunification with mainland China will find one in prison await. On July 1 1997 the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong became the uniue Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People s Republic of China ending 156 years of colonial rule Hong Kong which translates to Fragrant Harbor had for years 156 years of colonial rule Hong Kong which translates to Fragrant Harbor had for years considered in financial governmental and tourism circles as a shining jewelThe colony attracted many expatriates who were lured there for the heady East Meets West mix of people the city s dazzling cultural attractions and nightlife the innovative high density architecture and by the prospects of fortunes to be made and new lives to be started Expats however always live within a curious limbo because they are never uite native and never uite who they were before they arrived This limbo became intense IN KONG KONG AS THE DATE Kong Kong as the date the handover from British to Chinese rule approachedThree interlocking stories comprise Paul Blaney s novella Handover Signal 8 Press November 2012 His three expat Brits arrive in Hong Kong and find that the complexities of their own lives are somehow made urgent and dear because of the changes and potential turbulence of the long awaited handoverTess whose aunt and uncle live in Kong Kong graduates from college and then arrives
and finds work as a photo editor Rob arrives with a head filled with memories of a finds work as a photo editor Rob arrives with a head filled with memories of a girlfriend who once lived there and begins to relive them while working as a bartender Sally a magazine editor must confront on the job sexual harassment and the abandonment of her family when she defends herself and ends up in the colony s criminal justice systemThe novella s sections each of which is like Kong Kong a compact and shining jewel are bound together by the setting minor characters and by the looming political and cultural manifestations of the handover The stories are told in a non linear style giving them a aleidoscopic organization and texture akin to that of Hong Kong itself As such the the novella depicts multiple slices of life rather than a traditional tale with a plot line leading through conflicts to an overt resolutionWell read readers may see the dark and gritty world of Blaney s expats as a prospective new level of hell for Dante s Divine Comedy here in a heady world where everything wonderful is so close and so possible doom is a It's 1997 and three very different expatriate Britons are living and working in Hong Kong Sally a sophisticated thirty something magazine editor finds her life plagued by a ruthless bully Tess an idealistic young graduate embarks on an unlikely office romance And Rob the most recently arrived of the.
review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ñ Paul BlaneyR views and congregate with other expats A supporting character in this and the Tess story is Elaine a willowy South African lawyer who befriends Rob and gets him to talk about his relationship with Jane On the night of the Handover Rob makes a decision that will change his lifeIn the first two stories a minor character named Sally makes an appearance She s British a women s magazine editor in her thirties There s mention in the first two stories about a gruesome incident in the hotel where Rob works In this final story we learn about Sally and the sexual harassment she suffers at the hands of Gordon a former boss Unrelenting and violent Gordon won t leave Sally alone An older Cantonese woman at work gives Sally the phone number of someone who can help her get rid of Gordon once and for all By the time the Handover rolls around Sally s future is in flux and her family all but abandons her back in the UKI thought Paul family all but abandons her back in the UKI thought Paul did an excellent job of portraying the Handover and the mood in Hong Kong during that historic era His Characters Are All Uniue And are all uniue and This is not a stereotypical expat in Asia novel as each character has a uniue set of problems and ways to deal with them It s a thrill to read a book written by a friend you ve nown since year dot And a relief to discover it s excellent Paul Blaney s novella deals with three lost souls living in Hong Kong at the end of British colonial rule in
The Handover Ceremony Ofhandover ceremony of Kong in 1997 officially marked the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People s Republic of ChinaHandover is a book of three separate novellas about three expats living in Hong Kong just prior and leading up to this event Very interesting how the author intertwines the lives of these three people Hong Kong is a bustling city with a myriad of people from all walks of life the rich and the poor Tess moves to Hong Kong for change and has an office romance that goes awry Rob goes to Hong Kong after his lover goes missing and he starts seeing her everywhere and then there is Sally who is being charged with murder Of the three stories I found Rob s to be the strangest one I was left not uite nowing what happened there This book was a fast read and well worth it I enjoyed Ing trial for armed assault one in disillusion and deep denial and the third floating face down in the waters off Macau Handover a vivid cinematic new novella by Paul Blaney writer in residence at Rutgers University peels back the skin of expatriate Hong Kong to uncover vengeance betrayal and madnes.