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Chinese opera / Ian Wedde.

By: Wedde, Ian, 1946-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington, N.Z. : Victoria University Press, 2008Description: 254 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780864735850 (pbk.) :; 9780864735850 (pbk.); 0864735855 (pbk.).Subject(s): Opera -- Fiction | Immortality -- Fiction | Memory -- Fiction | Immigrants -- New Zealand -- Fiction | Chinese -- New Zealand -- Fiction | Immigrants New Zealand Fiction | Chinese New Zealand Fiction | New Zealand fiction -- 21st centuryGenre/Form: New Zealand fiction, 21st century.DDC classification: NZ823.2 Review: Chinese Opera is a dark and dazzling novel set in an all too plausible New Zealand of the near future. 'Little Frank' is 120 years old and he's lost his mind - or the part that can put damaged memories back together. Once the gang boss of 'The Place', he's traded his imagination for secure long life. Trapped in a luxurious present of mindless routine, he's jolted awake in 2090 to the bizarre facts of his world: his obsession with the female lead at the Chinese Opera, his unsavoury liaison with the Binh Xuyen body-part pirates, their surveillance of his movements. Above all, his lost memory of the moment in a pine-scented limo when he traded his imagination for long life. To rebuild this memory, Little Frank has to abandon longevity. Will he recover the truth before he Times Out? Will he have time to understand his obsession with the singer Madame Hee? What happened to the young mother who abandoned him? This provocative novel touches on many current hot topics including plastic surgery, designer drugs and artificial extension of human life; the environment and water rights; immigration into NZ especially from Asia. These and other concerns form the arresting backdrop to Little Frank's story of belonging, longing, dislocation and memory.
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Little Frank, a 120-year-old gangster who traded his imagination for a secure and long life, is the protagonist in this dark and dazzling novel set in an all-too-plausible near future. As the leader of a notorious gang, Little Frank is trapped in a luxurious life of mindless routine when he is suddenly jolted awake in the year 2090 to the bizarre facts of his current existence. Little Frank must now race to rebuild his memory and make sense of his new reality in this rich and complex work of science fiction.

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Chinese Opera is a dark and dazzling novel set in an all too plausible New Zealand of the near future. 'Little Frank' is 120 years old and he's lost his mind - or the part that can put damaged memories back together. Once the gang boss of 'The Place', he's traded his imagination for secure long life. Trapped in a luxurious present of mindless routine, he's jolted awake in 2090 to the bizarre facts of his world: his obsession with the female lead at the Chinese Opera, his unsavoury liaison with the Binh Xuyen body-part pirates, their surveillance of his movements. Above all, his lost memory of the moment in a pine-scented limo when he traded his imagination for long life. To rebuild this memory, Little Frank has to abandon longevity. Will he recover the truth before he Times Out? Will he have time to understand his obsession with the singer Madame Hee? What happened to the young mother who abandoned him? This provocative novel touches on many current hot topics including plastic surgery, designer drugs and artificial extension of human life; the environment and water rights; immigration into NZ especially from Asia. These and other concerns form the arresting backdrop to Little Frank's story of belonging, longing, dislocation and memory.

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