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His Dream of the Skyland: Walled City Book…

His Dream of the Skyland: Walled City Book One

by Anne Opotowsky

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A very interesting graphic novel set in a dreamlike version of Hong Kong in the 1920s. The artwork is not entirely to my taste -- some actions and figures seem awkwardly drawn -- but it is enlivened by splashes of colour which sometimes distinguish the characters or show other story elements. Certainly the bustling streets and the life of the city are shown well. It is the story of a young man, Song Lu, who gets his first job in the dead letter office of the Hong Kong Postal service. Song, who loves mysteries and puzzles, is intrigued by the dead letters and makes an effort to find their owners. His search leads him to the Kowloon Walled City, a strange netherworld of people with no papers or official identities (in some cases who want to be lost). The novel is hard to pin down. It does achieve a certain dreamy effect, but also tells real stories of people in this city (the British are like ghosts; their presence is felt but they live in a different world to these characters). It left me with a lasting sense of this imaginary Hong Kong. ( )
  questbird | Apr 3, 2013 |
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