Sour Sweet Paperback – 19 Mar 1992
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The first is that, despite it now being 6 years since I read these books, I am staggered by the clarity and longevity of the pictures that Timothy Mo painted in my head. I have since found this with all of Mo's novels: the vividness of the depiction of the scenery or interiors makes me feel as if I've watched a film of the story, rather than read a book. I haven't sat back and analysed his writing to find out how he does it - and partly I haven't done so now for fear of spoiling the magic with which I remember the stories.
The second is that Mo's main characters in these two novels are unknowing innocents simply living their lives, such that the reader can see the wider implications of their actions when they cannot do so themselves. For example, in "The Monkey King" the reader is all too aware that Wallace Nolasco fits in far lower down the hierarchy of the Poon family than he thinks. Again, in "Sour Sweet", the thought of triad involvement is more often with the reader than with the characters. Often, the dramas that unfold in the stories are the result of quirky accidents rather than design - but that's what gives the stories such authenticity. Consequently, you feel as if you're a privileged observer quietly watching the characters live their ordinary lives for a few years. I could quite happily believe that the main protagonists had lived their lives like this before the events told in the story, and would continue to do so, just as naively, after the book is finished.
I thoroughly recommend Mo's writing to you if you enjoy novels that totally immerse you in the observation of others' lives - even where those lives are not always pretty.Read more ›
It is a fascinating and funny portrait of a Chinese family living in 1970's London underpinned by the ruthless world of organised crime.
Timothy Mo is a remarkable writer and I loved every page.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was not in very good condition as I had expected. Perfectly readable and cover was intact but the pages were really yellowed and brittle. Never mind was still a good read!Published on 19 Mar. 2014 by Mrs. W. Garner
Great insight into life behind the scenes in Chinatown - good for food lovers! Definitely a worthy nominee for Booker PrizePublished on 14 Mar. 2013 by Richard Davis
I read this book at school for my A-levels a long time ago. It was as good as I remembered it.Published on 13 July 2010 by Ms. Ns Hudson
Another reviewer has remarked that you are 'quietly watching the characters live their ordinary lives for a few years'. It feels longer. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2009 by Maurice Hill