Taiwan Tales - One Country, Eight Stories: a Multicultural Perspective Kindle Edition
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You can read the first story, Patrick Wayland’s “Roger Jergenson's Flyout” – the equal shortest of the eight – on Amazon’s free preview. Wayland’s tale captures nicely the friendliness and generosity with which Taiwanese treat foreigners. A simple story titled “Superstition” describes an important facet of local culture not always immediately obvious to outsiders. “In the Mood” is a quirky piece, the intense poetry-interspersed prose befitting the subject – an illicit romance between army conscripts. “The Collector” by Jenny Green is one of the highlights, a sci-fi tale with a terrific ending. Another memorable story for me was Katrina Brown’s ambitious “Bitter Pill.” Set in the port city of Keelung in the near future, it’s an exciting story well told and once again with a strong ending, a common feature of the collection.
Much of the pleasure of reading this book comes from familiarity with the Taiwan-related details; the food, people, places, and shared experiences.
“Taiwan Tales” is a quick, varied, and enjoyable read, recommended for anyone with a connection to Taiwan who is looking for some light fiction.