Short Stories

Collected Hong Kong Stories by David T K Wong

When short stories are dissected in classrooms, there is a certain responsibility they ( the stories) carry, one of having finesse and to pack a punch into a far smaller canvas than average. Whole people have to be formed and their lives painted within those few pages.

I essentially borrowed this book from the library because it was beautifully new and contained Hong Kong in its title. I did not realise what I had stumbled on until I started reading them two weeks ago.

All the stories are of people ( who may or may not be morally similar to our idea of perfect) who are actually just going about their lives. The stories are based at different time periods, and the differences are visible within the tale. Each story is narrated with a vibrant stroke and with impeccable language which is so fascinating to read. Quite a few of them had such twists at the ending that could not be foreseen. The reason I took so long to get through them was only because I could read only one tale at a time. This is very good read especially ( in my opinion) for those of us who have spent our formative schooling reading and writing in British English. Most stories can start a dialogue of hardship people face in life and how people can bring some upon themselves in a few cases.

As mentioned in my previous blog post I am trying something new with regards to rarely used words that I come across. This semi brilliant idea came to me half way through the book and I am sure it contained words more exquisite than the ones below but these are the only ones I managed to note down (in particular order)

  • Indefatigable:(of a person or their efforts) persisting tirelessly.
  • Perfidy:the state of being deceitful and untrustworthy.
  • Certitudes: absolute certainty or conviction that something is the case.
  • Sinology:the study of Chinese language, history, customs, and politics.
  • Intaglio:the family of printing and printmaking techniques in which the image is incised into a surface and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink. It is the direct opposite of a relief print.
  • Pernicious:having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way.
  • Chicanery: the use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one’s purpose.
  • Virement: the process of transferring items from one financial account to another.
  • Inimical:tending to obstruct or harm./unfriendly,hostile

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