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Path Finder (Fragrant port Fragrant Port trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Shaoxian Wen

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Book Description

Fragrant Port trilogy is composed of three novels, namely, Path Finder, Working Wonders and Fragrant Forever. They are closely linked together as an integral whole by the development of important events and the lot of different characters, but each of which can be read on its own.

Fragrant Port trilogy faithfully tells about the history of Hong Kong’s political and economic development over the past one hundred years from a small town to a first-class international metropolitan in the form of literature. Under this theme, the trilogy concretely narrates Hong Kong people’s aggressive and successful endeavors to pioneer great business undertakings from generation to generation, leading to one new economic upsurge after another.

It also concretely describes the life style and the features peculiar to Hong Kong in different periods of time brought about by the mixed Chinese-Western culture in this colonial territory. Numerous love stories and social and ethical tragedies derived from these life style and features are narrated.

These two threads interweave together closely to vividly present a unique colorful panorama of Hong Kong, her past as well as her present.

The scale of the structure of the trilogy is very large, with the time background from the start of last century to the hand-over of Hong Kong back to China in July 1, 1997, covering a span of a complete century, and 6 generations, more than 140 characters and over 40 large and medium-sized Hong Kong British firms, Hong Kong Chinese companies and enterprises from Mainland China, are involved.

The Chinese edition of Fragrant Port trilogy was first published in Hong Kong in December 1998 and then in Beijing in January 2000 by the Writers Publishing House, one of the two top literary publishing houses in China.

2. Brief description of Path Finder

Path Finder, the first book of Fragrant Port trilogy, tells about the story of Guy Brown, a young man from England, who comes to Hong Kong to look for opportunities at the turn of the last century.

Brown has courage and insight, daring to forge ahead and to attain his goal by fair means or foul. He is bold enough to constantly put forward new proposals of reforming the firm’s management system even when he is at the bottom stratum of the management of Watton & Co., Ltd. As a result, he has obtained the confidence and favor of the board of directors of the firm. And in the course of defeating Fred Webster, deputy general manager of the firm and boyfriend of Jane Pearson, daughter of Tommy Pearson, proprietor of the company, he succeeds in making promotion step by step. Finally he replaces Webster both as deputy general manager of the firm and as Jane’s boyfriend. After the death of Pearson, Brown logically becomes the taipan of the firm only at the age of twenty-nine.

Brown’s management tactics, which have earned him successes, are ‘using the Chinese to contain the Chinese’, ‘combination of toughness with relaxation’, ‘powerless trade unions’, etc. They become the guiding principles for all the other Hong Kong British major firms and together with another tactics of ‘free economy’ that he puts forward later, they become the basis for the Hong Kong government to formulate its economic and even political policies.

The novel also describes Webster’s tragic secret love with his celibate maidservant Third Sister when Brown defeats him. It also reveals Brown’s seduction of a young and beautiful woman worker when he is the head of the aerated water factory of the company. These underground love and seduction give birth to the complicated interpersonal relations to the generations to come

The background time of the novel is set from the turn of the 20th century to the eve of Hong Kong falling into the hands of the Japanese invaders at the end of 1941 in the Second World War. During this period, there were the 1911 Revolution in China, World War I in 1914 and the great Canton and Hong Kong Strike in 1925.

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  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Everflow Publications (May 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053CZNRK
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More About the Author

Wen Shaoxian (温绍贤) was born in Hong Kong. He graduated from the English faculty of Sun Yat-sen University. He had taught at a Chinese university for nearly 20 years. Now he is honorary professor of SIAS International University (US funded) in central China.

Prof. Wen is a veteran translator. He has translated and copy-edited more than 100 books of different disciplines. He is a scholar in Chinese and English contrastive grammar and translation. So far he has published 9 academic books in this connection.

Wen is also a literary writer. He has published 10 novels, 3 short story and novelette collections and 2 biographies. Of his 10 novels, 9 have been translated into English by the author himself and published in e-book edition. Now they are being sold by Amazon Digital Services, USA, and also by Handheld Culture in Hong Kong.

Prof. Wen's biographical notes can be found at the following links:
1. "Files of Chinese Writers" at www.cbi.cn/writerinf.page
http://www.cbi.gov.cn/wiseroot/pages/CBIcn/writerinfo.page?zj=W&cid=18345
2. "Chinese Well-known Translaters" at www.cbi.gov.cn/tranmslaterSearch.
http://www.cbi.gov.cn/wiseroot/pages/CBIen/translatorSearch.page?c=W&page=6
3. "Famous Authors from China" at www.ranker.com
http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-authors-from-china/reference

For detailed information about Wen's life story, please refer to Wikipedia on the internet.


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