The End of East

The End of East

Book - 2007
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A portrait of three generations of the Chan family living in Vancouver's Chinatown.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2007
ISBN: 9780676978384
067697838X
Characteristics: viii, 245 p

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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

In this remarkable first novel the author draws on her deep roots in the Vancouver Chinese community. Inspired by her own grandfather's life, the narrative weaves in and out of past and present, bringing us some understanding of the Chinese immigrant experience. It is a story of separation and profound loneliness, family obligations and disillusionment - and some of the most interesting characters you'll ever meet.

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John_M
Feb 06, 2014

Yet another Chinese immigration story set in Vancouver, but well written and interesting to read.

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dbed
Oct 31, 2012

A very well written novel. The author's poetic prose evoked smells and physical sensations of Vancouver over almost 100 years. It was personal but also gave a good account of what it was like for early Chinese immigrants in Vancouver.

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Baharak
Jul 24, 2008

Sammy Chan is leaving behind her unfinished thesis and her boyfriend in Montreal and returning to Vancouver in order to take care of her elderly mother. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the real reason behind her homecoming is her desire to connect with the history of her parents and grandparents immigration to Vancouver’s old Chinatown.

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