Troy Parfitt

"Why China Will Never Rule the World"
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Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (112 of 133)
Location: Canada
In My Own Words:
From Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, I'm the author of Notes from the Other China and Why China Will Never Rule the World.

Travel literature, literature, Canadian literature, China studies (history, culture, etc.), twentieth century history, music, and so on.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 8,554 - Total Helpful Votes: 112 of 133
DEFAULT by Anjo Bordell
DEFAULT by Anjo Bordell
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Novel, 3 July 2014
Default, Anjo Bordellís debut novel, is a roman-a-clef which fictionalizes, thinly we suspect, his stint in the US Marines and his post-Marine life in Shanghai. The story begins in Shanghai, in the present, in a way you might expect an expat-China-yarn would, but then moves through a series of stateside flashbacks relayed alongside events (in reverse chronological order) that occur in Shanghai in a way you could never predict or imagine. The premise or structure is fairly conventional. But the stories arenít. Neither is the writing.

Iíve never read anything like Default. Itís so original, I wondered at the writerís inspirations. Traces of Vonnegut, perhaps? Beyond that, I… Read more
And No Birds Sang by Farley Mowat
And No Birds Sang by Farley Mowat
A fan of Can Lit, Iíd never read Farley Mowat and had heard, in my youth, he was a fabricator and a wing bag, but, well, Canada can be pretty parochial. Iíd scanned Mowatís works in used-book stores, and thought he could write, but there was something too folksy about titles like The Boat Who Couldnít Float and I never left the shop with one of his books. Mowat died recently, and the CBC sang his praises, so I decided to finally read him. I chose And No Birds Sang, a memoir about his time in the Canadian army in WWII. I had no idea he was such a good writer. Really, besides using the phrases ďthe sound and the furyĒ and ďa ghost of a chanceĒ three times each, a certain lack of humour (there… Read more
Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics) by Ray Bradbury
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oooh, gosh., 31 May 2014
Well, what can I say? Iíd heard about Fahrenheit 451 from Michael Moore years back and I had a roommate in university who admitted it was the only novel heíd ever read. I saw it in a Blackwellís window on Nicholson Street in Edinburgh and finally I bought it on Kindle.

The story is dystopian, so itís incredible I didnít enjoy it, but I didnít enjoy it. Not that it matters. The work has sold countless copies, won awards, been taught in high schools, been adapted into plays and radio broadcasts, and Iím sure Mr. Bradbury has done nicely re royalties, and good for him. However, I found the prologue, where he talks about how he wrote the book, more engaging than the book itself. Itís… Read more