When Space Rocket Factory Number Two closes down in the small Chinese town of Shaoyang, it is the signal for the old culture to confront the new. Party Secretary Li cannot cope, and commits suicide, but not before daubing a series of slogans onto sheets of rice paper and hanging them outside his bedroom window (Our Leaders Are Drunk On The Taste Of Corruption reads one; The Party Officials Are Screwing Our Daughters, reads another).Those left behind have to clear up after him: Old Zhu has to keep Party Secretary Li's ashes in the bottom of his wardrobe. On the other side of the courtyard, their aria singing neighbour Madam Fan is temporarily silenced by the tragedy. Meanwhile Old Zhu's son, Da Shan, has returned from the city and fallen in love with not one but two childhood sweethearts. Banned in China
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Of all my books - this one holds a special place. It was the first, you see, and falling into this novel and the lives and loves of the characters was like falling in love for the first time: wild, crazy and abandoned.
EVERYTHING went into it!
Acclaimed novelist Justin Hill is the author of five books, winning the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Betty Trask and Somerset Maugham Awards, as well as being shortlisted and nominated for a host of other awards, including the Booker, and the rare double of having a novel banned in the People's Republic of China, as well as winning the Xiaoxiang Friendship Award from the Governor of Hunan Province.
His latest novel, Shieldwall, is the first of a series about England's epic tale: 1066, and the Norman Conquest, and was picked by the Sunday Times as a Best Novel of 2011. The sequel, Hastings is due to be published in Summer 2014.
He studied Old English and Medieval Literature at Durham University.
His books have been translated into fifteen languages.
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Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicholson 2002 Paperback, 2002. Book Condition: Good. The Drink and Dream Teahouse is a historical romance set in a moribund rural town in contemporary China. Through the lives of its central characters, it chronicles the transition from a communist society to the uncertainties of the future. The characters are largely emblematic and accommodate traditional Chinese culture with emergent capitalist and Western ideas: Old Zhu, the keeper of the old communist faith and founder of the factory; Da Shah, his entrepreneurial son and part of the Tiananmen Square generation; Madam Fan, the local amateur opera singer and her daughter Peach. Autumn Cloud let out a long sigh. What terrible days. She and Party Secretary Li had worked hard to build China. Even though they were newlyweds, they hardly saw each other for days or sometimes weeks. He had been in charge of the Prostitute Re-education Centre and she had been working in the Political Press Office. Dreams of modernising the country had driven them on. It was like they had been married to the country. The momentous events in recent Chinese history which the novel spans are covered in the reminiscences of characters who battle to contain the confusion and power of such historical forces. At best, the prose is wistful and languorous and Hill has flashes of descriptive flair, a good eye for the occasional telling detail--though whether The Drink and Dream Teahouse realises its epic aspirations is an open question. --Neville Hoad 352 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 339164