I was introduced to this fiction in the course of HK Literature. We only studied a few chapters and I was already enchanted.
3 years later, I borrowed the book and completed it. It's not disappointing at all. Though it's a love story about a Chinese prostitute and an English painter, it's nothing like Mouline Rouge which is flooded with romance or fairy tales. It's rather pragmatic in a sense that the writer had virtually stayed in a brothel for several months to create the story. The fiction is classified as a piece of literature also because of the reality that it reveals, the nude and ugly side that it explores. Yet the story doesn't lack a sense of romance. For you'd witness how the 2 protagonists overcome all social and ethical issues, how they put the other half in the first place and himself/herself in the second. In my perception, it's more romantic than those romance fictions.
A very moving line to share with: We had been 2 imperfect halves that had come together and made a perfect whole....Continua