All That Matters

A Novel

Choy, Wayson

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
All That Matters
"A new book from Choy is an event. His writing has a quiet integrity and an exquisite grace." --Maclean's Winner of the 2005 Trillium Book Award, finalist for the 2004 Giller Prize, and long-listed for the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award,All That Mattersis the eagerly anticipated sequel to Wayson Choy's award-winning first novel,The Jade Peony. Kiam-Kim is three years old when he arrives by ship at Gold Mountain with his father and his grandmother, Poh-Poh. 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, his life is increasingly complicated by his burgeoning awareness of the world outside Vancouver's Chinatown. Choy once again accomplishes the extraordinary: blending a haunting evocation of tenacious, ancient traditions with a precise, funny, and very modern coming-of-age story.

Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2007
ISBN: 1590512154
Branch Call Number: FICTION CHOY
Characteristics: 425 p. ;,21 cm


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Sep 27, 2013
  • Eil_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the sequel to "The Jade Peony". Through the eyes of first Son we find ourselves immersed into the lives of this Chinese-Canadian family. Po-Po (Grandmother) lends significant inslght her difficult life and into the customs and legends of those from Old China. These can make you laugh and cry. I felt I was living in the small house in Vancouver; felt their shame at not being allowed to be Canadian citizens; felt what is our historic shame in the 1923 Exclusion Act which prohibited Chinese access to Canada; felt the humiliation of those brave Chinese lads who were not wanted in the
Canadian Armed Forces; understood the pain,anger and hatred they felt towards the Japanese who invaded China and murdered many thousands of Chinese children, women and men.

A must-read for anyone who wishes to understand both our Canadian history and that of the early Chinese immigrants to Gold Mountain (British Columbia).

Aside from the above, this is an extraordinary story about the lives of an 'ordinary' Chinese family living in Canada.

Jul 22, 2012

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May 05, 2011
  • snowspirit1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lovely sequel to The Jade Peony.


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Jul 24, 2008

Shorlisted for the Giller Prize, this is the much anticipated sequel to Choy’s first novel, The Jade Peony. We meet the protagonist Kiam Kim as he boards a ship to Vancouver and follow him through his adulthood in Vancouver's Chinatown. Other intriguing characters include Kiam’s grandmother Poh Poh, father, stepmother, and the Irish boy next door, the reckless Jack O'Connor.


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