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Kiam-Kim is three years old when he arrives by ship at Gold Mountain with his father and his grandmother, Poh-Poh, the Old One. It is , and because of. Summary. “A new book from Choy is an event. His writing has a quiet integrity and an exquisite grace.”–Maclean’s Winner of the Trillium Book Award. All that matters by wayson choy. NATASHA LEMIRE-WAITE. Vancouver Chinatown ‘s – 40’s. Immigrating to Canada. Kiam-Kims.

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I This sequel to The Jade Peony was terrific, though it took me about 50 pages to get into it. I have read the Jade Peony but it was a long time ago.

I loved the woman mad at her daughter on page 70, “Stay here and die,” Miss Chong said. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. First published in by Doubleday Canadait is the sequel to his debut novelThe Jade Peonyand was nominated for the Giller Prize.

Despite this disappointment, I wouldn’t have exchanged that for the Jack saga. The Meiying storyline is the only one that the author didn’t develop fully. Kiam-Kim tht th “A new book from Choy is an event. For those of you who haven’t read Choy’s first novel: It was a little confusing. A wrinkled hand shakily held on to my shoulder. It was not necessary to have read the prequel however.

All That Matters

The father hopes to earn a comfortable living for his family and provide a mother to Mattere as well as additional children. With my eyes following the great billows of smoke, I heard clearly the echoing screech of wheels.

It also gives a vibrant picture of life in Chinatown in Vancouver in those times, or what I imagine it would have been. Grandmother had told me the story that dragons screeched and steamed out of hidden mountain lairs: All That Matters illustrates this and also the importance of family waysln family alliances in maintaining the community.


Ahhh, what to say about this much anticipated sequel to Choy’s ”The Jade Peony”?


Still, I would have liked the Meiying saga to have been expanded on a little bit more than it was, that was what I was waiting for for the entire book and then it just sort of came out of nowhere Those who settled in Gold Mountain might find work and send back remittances to help the ones left behind; every sojourner would return home when life improved in China. However, his life is increasingly complicated by his burgeoning awareness of the world outside Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Kiam Kim becomes best friends with his next door neighbour, an Irish boy named Jack O’Connor and with Jenny Chong who is the daughter of one of his grandmother’s mah-jong players.

I did enjoy the ending. Nov 06, Vionna rated it really liked it.

All That Matters (novel) – Wikipedia

The migrants to Canada have contributed so much to our nation but often were not recognized or accepted into society easily. The air tasted of burning coal. Youth always struggle to fit in with their surroundings, finding their place in a changing world. Return to Book Page.

However, Choy has written a remarkable second novel. Eventually the family invites new members into their home: This book is an essential Canadian read taking place in Chinatown before and during WWII, and I recommend it especially for anyone interested in immigration studies, and diaspora. This sequel to The Jade Peony was terrific, though it took me about 50 pages to get into it. In less than a month, five of his Chinatown associates had died, two from heart attacks, two from the coughing sickness, and one from a stomach tumour.

This is a novel that beautifully portrays the conflict between retaining a native culture while embracing the new. I shouted to her to look at the swooping gulls, but she did not hear me.


Third Uncle was not my father’s brother.

Summaries and Excerpts: All that matters : a novel / Wayson Choy.

All That Matters is a delightful read that will leave a lasting impression on the reader. Although they have been written as stand-alone novels, they should be read as a pair and in order, as they are told from the perspective of different children in the family, they fill in the inevitable perspective gaps of each child.

I really enjoyed this book. Those who could leave Sze-yup, the Four County village district in Southern China, would have a chance for a better existence.

Perhaps this can be better related to males who read this book, but as thta in ‘The Jade Peony’, Choy has the natural ability to capture the innocence and thought processes of youth impeccably.

Views Read Edit View mattdrs. From his earliest years, Kiam-Kim is deeply conscious of his responsibility to maintain the family’s honor and to set an example for his younger siblings. However, the obstacles that the protagonist and his family endure are still reminiscent of what I and my family have gone trough during the first decade in Vancouver.

All in all, a beautiful book.

I think I kind of went into the story expecting so much from the first book. Apr 03, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: Chyo from the viewpoint of the young son Kiam-Kim as he grows is a perfect choice for Choy. It recounts the lives of the Cheng family who arrive in Vancouver—Father, Poo Poo the grandmother, and the child who is the narrator.