South China Morning Blues (2020)

South China Morning Blues Ray Hecht South China Morning Blues From Canton to Hong Kong the booming megalopolis of the Pearl River Delta has endless stories to tell Who finds themselves in rapidly changing st century China There s Marco a businessman with a p
  • Title: South China Morning Blues
  • Author: Ray Hecht
  • ISBN: 9789881376459
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
South China Morning Blues Ray Hecht From Canton to Hong Kong, the booming megalopolis of the Pearl River Delta has endless stories to tell Who finds themselves in rapidly changing 21st century China There s Marco, a businessman with a penchant for call girls Danny, a culture shocked young traveler Sheila, a local club girl caught up in family politics Terry, an alcoholic journalist and Ting Ting, an arFrom Canton to Hong Kong, the booming megalopolis of the Pearl River Delta has endless stories to tell Who finds themselves in rapidly changing 21st century China There s Marco, a businessman with a penchant for call girls Danny, a culture shocked young traveler Sheila, a local club girl caught up in family politics Terry, an alcoholic journalist and Ting Ting, an artist with a chip on her shoulder Their lives intertwine in unexpected ways.
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  1. Susan

    I loved this book from start to finish Ray Hecht does a fabulous job intertwining twelve characters in southern China and Hong Kong I was interested in reading the book because of the locales in which it takes place, but quickly found myself attached to the characters and their stories I read the book on Kindle, so didn t have the luxury of flipping back to the list of characters and their corresponding Chinese zodiac symbol, but that didn t stop me from keeping the characters straight I m not s [...]

  2. Naddy

    South China Morning Blue has been divided into three partsShenzhen A place in south of china which is growing abruptly and localities are not able to cope up with the up gradation of the place This part describes what foreigner does as soon as they landed into China How they react to new culture how they get adjusted.Guangzhou Another place in south of china where is three largest city in China and of like cosmos Guangzhou is full of foreigners so this part describes how Whites aren t limited t [...]

  3. Sarabi Eventide

    I received and ARC copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review Gist Something about this book is bloody brilliant, but I can t exactly tell what it is I liked it but I also hated it.I actually rated the book at 3.5 based on my parameters, but doesn t allow half stars so I rounded up I m issuing a tepid recommendation of South China Morning Blues.To be honest, I was a bit confused by this book, and within 30 pages the number of pages I commit to before deciding to give up on [...]

  4. Nicki Chen

    South China Morning Blues weaves together the stories of twelve young men and women living in three cities in southeastern China Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong The characters are Chinese and American, with one Canadian and one African Still in their twenties, they re struggling to find their way in a rapidly changing world.The first character we meet, Marco, is a sleazy American businessman who likes to show off and pick up girls Since he can t be bothered to learn Chinese, his Chinese prot [...]

  5. Marie-France Leclerc

    I was a bit confused at the beginning, not sure who was who Once I got a clear understanding of each character I enjoyed following their story and especially when their stories crossed each other s I also enjoyed discovering life in China, it felt real.

  6. Arthur Meursault

    What is nice and what is nasty When we wander through life we tend to consciously divide the people we meet into two camps nice guys and assholes Probably no other social classification is as clear cut once we move away from fixed biological terms like race, gender and age though in this day and age even that is debatable We all know who the nice guys and the assholes are just look around the office you perhaps work in Nice guys will be those stand up chaps who share resources, participate in th [...]

  7. Mary DeMay

    There isn t much of a story in South China Morning Blues It is instead of the slice of life genre It is a composite novel consisting of several interlocking narratives The title is a play on a real Chinese news source, and like a newspaper, there is no real story to be read from connecting all the individual articles together, which misses the mark of a composite novel.The sole point of interest in this novel is its setting 21st century China Each character of the novel represents one of the 12 [...]

  8. Bailey Hu

    Overall I found this book to be a decent read As an expat currently living in Shenzhen, China one of the 3 main settings of the book , the subject matter is naturally interesting to me, although I m not sure the same can be said for those who aren t familiar with China I imagine a lot of the things the various characters encounter might not be relatable to the average reader There s the stereotypically over sexed expat Marco, for instance, or the archetypal ESL teaching jobs that at least 3 or 4 [...]

  9. Healed1337

    South China Morning Blues is best described as a drama, with a touch of romance thrown in Normally I don t read this genre, but the subject does sound interesting and considering a couple of my stories take place in China, this book kind of doubles as research There is a lot to like about how Hecht explores culture shock in this book.The main focus of this book seems to be on southern Chinese culture and how different people see it differently There s a culture shocked ESL teacher and an aspirin [...]

  10. Will Albers

    OK, this book appeals to me because I m an old China hand and I m a sucker for reading about folks who make their lives here, both expats and natives Ray Hecht s 12 character sketches manage to shine a light on nearly every single stereotype, predicament, conundrum, condition, contradiction, confusion and downright wackiness that foreigners are bound to come across while living and working in China.Some of the character sketches are developed than others I think I would have liked to have heard [...]

  11. J-Man

    This book about expats in China has primarily been an interesting read because it depicts many things that are a part of my life now there were truly some uncanny parallels and coincidences but I m not sure how much appeal it would hold for someone who does not currently live in China The 12 characters modeled on the Chinese zodiac are basically archetypes of the kind of people you can come across here You have your ESL teachers, businessmen, Chinese women both progressive and traditional, a bla [...]

  12. Maria

    I was given an advanced copy of this book by Ray himself in exchange for an honest review I was enthralled to read that this book would take place in three different areas of China Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong When I had first began reading this book, the lives of each of the characters immediately drew me in, especially when it came to the romantic entanglements that were specifically highlighted I did find it confusing at times to understand whom was speaking however, quickly learned tha [...]

  13. Travis Lee

    An excellent portrayal of life in China, as people struggle with identity and ambition, an easy read even if you ve never set foot in China, a familiar one if you have.The book follows many people as their paths intersect and they live out their lives in 21st century China, beginning in Shenzhen, moving to Guangzhou and ending at a party at Lamma Island in Hong Kong.I liked how the people changed We meet Marco at the beginning, when he s a high roller with delusions of grandeur who mocks his bus [...]

  14. Pedro Barrento

    Ray Hecht s latest book is a natural evolution of his previous work Having already started as a very competent writer in his early pieces and in his blog, he keeps improving his style with each book What does not change is the author s interests in life drugs, parties and sex Sex mainly, to be honest Now there s nothing wrong with that, but in my opinion R.H lives in a limbo that is commercially uncomfortable He writes books about the sexual interactions between men and women They aren t light a [...]

  15. John Autero

    South China Morning Blues is a novel that focuses on life in modern day China I ve never been to China, so I can t verify it s accuracy but the story was interesting and the characters and situations were quite believable Many of the situations involve the steamy underbelly of Chinese culture that has blossomed in highly populated, business centers within the country over the last decade or so The story focuses on twelve characters, made up of both Chinese and American men and women The common t [...]

  16. Rob

    3.5 stars Hecht s cocksure novel deftly captures the anxious, narcissistic ESL Laowai scene against the backdrop of modern China s simultaneous economic rise and social decay It was refreshing to read these character driven narratives that uncannily expressed so much of my reality in China They communicate many essential truths about the soul testing experience here Hecht s admiration of Irvine Welsh is evident in the book s structure and tone, yet it s tamer in spirit The various voices didn t [...]

  17. Lee Hardy

    I quite enjoyed reading this book Great characters, parts are like the book film trainspotting but in China with teachers Worth a read for something different.

  18. Jocelyn Eikenburg

    People have called China endlessly fascinating But you could say the same about the expat scene here In the seven plus years that I ve lived in this country, I ve come across some real characters here people I could have sworn were straight out of a novel.I m reminded of many of them after reading Ray Hecht s new book South China Morning Blues, which features a motley cast of young expats and Chinese locals living across Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.Through 12 distinct viewpoints, South Chi [...]

  19. Huilin

    Disclaimer I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for a review I am not very good at writing myself so I don t feel very comfortable judging Still, I ll play my part.Overall I d say that I was not much into the book at the start, but that it gets better as it goes Now I am pleased I ve read it It s true that at the beginning I could not really care about the lives of these young expats and their alcohol drug sex fuelled escapism I am a long time expat myself, I feel I have been there an [...]

  20. Anna

    Disclaimer I received a free ebook from the author for reviewing.This book portrays a wide array of perspectives on life in three cities in the South of China by telling snippets of the life of twelve different people Their stories were interesting and felt real, and I certainly liked some characters than others and hated the misogynistic views of some characters.Overall I liked this book and would recommend checking it out, but there were some things that bothered me.The chapters are named wit [...]

  21. X. Ma

    3.5 stars Note, I was given a copy of this by the author in exchange for a review.The book is well written and entertaining and a fairly accurate portrayal of China today The characters are presented a little flat and crude in some parts, which I assume was done to be raw, but makes them seem shallow than necessary It s human relationship focused than pure romance, which I liked, but sometimes it jumped around quite a bit and was slightly choppy The chapters are named after the 12 zodiac, whi [...]

  22. Tim Gurung

    When I started reading this book, it was a bit too hot for me and if I were to be honest here, as they say it wasn t my cup of tea When I was initially reading it, I was wearing a writer s hat, which wasn t right and once I changed to a reader s hat, then I started to like the book This book not only depicts the way newcomers see things but also way they live in China and make the story as real as they were actually happening to them The writing is simple, easy to understand by commons, and it h [...]

  23. Joseph Bleazard

    Ray Hecht writes in incredible detail about the Pearl River Delta of China This is basically Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Foshan and Zhuhai He really captures what makes it different from the North or Hong Kong He also shows the new kinds of lives being lived by expats and Chinese in these cities, away from the traditional patterns and stereotypes or ill informed news stories You can see a great deal of personal experience in Ray s work, and a real attempt at empathy with a vast range of chara [...]

  24. Victoria

    I thoroughly enjoyed South China Morning Blues by Ray Hecht The stream of consciousness style was intriguing and captivating So many stories were spun into one in this book in such a fluid and comprehensive manner that it is easy to get sucked in and hard to put down As someone who has never visited China, I was able to feel like I was there due to the rich descriptions of each are that is explored My only criticism is that I feel as though I m some ways the book does not translate well into an [...]

  25. Jean

    I was sent this book for free, by the author in exchange for an honest review I found the character development great There are many interesting characters, all with their story to tell and you get to feel that you really know them I know nothing about the area that Ray has written about and his descriptions are vivid I m sure if you have been to these places you will recognize them The stories are not all happy, but they make you want to read on I enjoyed the book, and I would recommend it and [...]

  26. susan murray

    Won from It s about life in China an easy read following the lives of quite a few people and the paths they take.All the characters have a different story and you get to find out about them a few intertwine with the other characters.Some belong there others are foreigners you get to learn about life in China for both parties the up and downs.

  27. Marta

    I got instantly hooked on this book The characters are so familiar to any foreigner living in China, but at the same time so fascinating It is a good description of modern life in big Chinese cities and of young people anywhere.

  28. Alex

    as a resident of China I can tell the many inaccuracies presented in the book the ending seemed over harsh and the characters too alike but overall this is an amazing book as it is one of the first to document this laowai lifestyle in China.

  29. Fiona Leung

    I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review Thanks to the author for offering this arc to me It was very different to the usual types of books I read but nonetheless I really enjoyed it South China Morning Blues is about 12 people whose lives are interwoven with one another It gives a very detailed account on how life is like in South China Each character is different than the next and it s so interesting to see how their paths crossed Initially I found that there were too [...]

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