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Titre : Odds and Sods (Paperback)
Éditeur : Proverse Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Date d'édition : 2013
Reliure : Paperback
Etat du livre : New
Edition : 1st.
Language: N/A. Brand New Book. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9789888227167
Synopsis : Lawrence Gray's short stories and texts were written as the antidote to his screenwriting. The story, 'The One Legged Rickshaw Boy' illustrates his view of the absurdities of the film and TV world. And so in ODDS AND SODS he allows himself to have fun with words alone. Characters in this world change their lives as if they are changing their clothes. They view reality as a shifting negotiation between moments of insanity. And when they want to fly, they take flight without reference to budgets. He buries the conventions of one form of writing within those of another. French farce clashes with Chinese opera. Science fiction translates into Chinese fairy tales. Sitcom meets Shakespeare. And the lyrics of Blues songs create narratives for the lives of those attempting to recreate them musically. Literary greats turn up as bit-part players. Samuel Taylor Coleridge mingles with Punjabi Rap artists. Tang Xianzu of the Ming Dynasty bumps into George Feydeau. Antonin Artaud has a walk-on part, and if one wants to look, one can find Julian of Norwich, medieval mystic, stealing pencils in the dark. In Gray's final piece, he gives a stimulating and unusual view of Hong Kong's chequered history.
Critique: ODDS AND SODS is a collection of short stories and essays from Lawrence Gray, a much-loved screenplay writer who has lived in Hong Kong for many years. Like the man himself, the work is unpredictable and varied. The items range from straightforward tales in classic short story format, to pieces of writing which are more experimental in nature. And, also like the man himself, the stories range from being funny to being thought-provoking to being clever to being downright annoying! And sometimes they mange to be all these things at once, but overlaid, of course, with more than a touch of English charm. Gray, whatever you think of his opinions, is always worth listening to. He has a distinctive style, a strong sense of fun, and a high level of passionate energy. And in classic British style, he manages to avoid getting too angry, even when dealing with controversial subjects. There's always a genial, laid-back, consider-all-the-factors stance. He has also had a fascination with cultures and identity. So although he is very English, he is also clearly intrigued by "foreign-ness" and by the ways cultures interact with each other. And one gets the view that the many years he has spent in Hong Kong have changed him, too, and detached him from his roots. So as well as the "Englishman Abroad" elements, you'll find many Hong Kong references in this collection, and other elements, such as references to Hindi rap music. By being a literary activist, organizing writers' groups and movie-industry gatherings, and being founder of the Hong Kong Writers' Circle, he has become well-known in his adopted home town. And so this book provides a thoughtful smorgasbord of items, perfect for dipping into, giving us a refreshing journey around the mind of one of Hong Kong's larger-than-life characters. --Nury Vittachi, 'Larger than life character takes us on a tour'
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