OLD MEN DON'T CRY: A HONG KONG TALE OF SORROW Kindle Edition
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It is said a writer reveals more about themselves than they intend to or want to admit, it’s a reflection of oneself, write about what you know. A writer writes about what they know, pours there heart and soul into it, but still as you read the emotions they may say they realized when writing, others surface. Intentional or not, what helps to make a good story is incorporating what you know, feeling it and being apart of it. Tim I. Gurung did just that, wrote about what he knew, experienced, poured everything into it, but also shared not only his own struggles, happiness and hardships , but a countries, a Islands, and the struggle to make it a better place, a place you want to stay and raise your family.
A change doesn’t happen overnight, but no one place is perfect and if we care to admit it or not, we take the good for granted forgetting the humble and the not so humble origins that make it that place. To stand strong speaks volumes for the human spirit, to keep enduring and hold your head up high even when things look bleak says a lot for the people, to stand United is what encourages growth, strength, and the willingness to see the good grow.
As you read OLD MEN DON’T CRY; A HONG TALE OF SORROW by Tim I. Gurung, you flip through the pages, the story takes place through the people’s eyes, through Hong Kong. Secondly you see through the eyes of the narrator, as it blends and weaves together moving through time, through the years you’re there as Hong Kong grows, see how much China plays a role in celebrations and traditions that unfold. This is not meant to be the upbeat story, it’s not meant to reflect or regurgitate information you find in any modern and history book. This takes a more personal approach, visually breath taking, just the right amount of suspense to keep the reader moving forward, with just right amount of information about the place to fall not just not under a book about tradition and culture, but a book that’s more historical than fiction.
The author uses just enough fiction to help the reader move through a story heavily based on history, personal experiences and growth and separation. If you want to read a book that takes you through the “real Hong Kong” but don’t want something that reads like a textbook or a essay that just presents the facts, this is a book I would recommend to read. I recommended to you readers who like historical fiction, to the readers who want to learn more about other cultures and traditions, to the reader who is looking for a read that’s true to itself. To the writer who feels deeply for it and to that rounded reader looking for something that presents itself from a point of view that takes a more original approach. For the people to the people, not glazed over to make you feel better, but a true and honest approach to make you feel.
For the reader keep a box of tissues if you do get emotional over the heartfelt books, and remember to never take anything for granted .
It’s a must read. One I recommend. But one thing to take into consideration since it’s heavily weighed on facts and experience, to you the characters must come off one dimensional but it does not lack the substance.
At the beginning of each chapter was a brief history of Hong Kong, I found this confusing with the story as the dates wrote about did not match up with the years that the story was written about and I must admit skipping the history to carry on with the story.
The story itself was written well and you did have empathy with the main character, as a parent I could not even think of doing that to my child.
If you like memoires and history then this book is for you
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