A Superior Man


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$21.95  $20.41
Arsenal Pulp Press
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5.3 X 1.0 X 7.9 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Paul Yee: Paul Yee grew up in Vancouver's Chinatown. He has written many books, most of them for young audiences; his novel Ghost Train won the Governor General's Award for children's literature in 1996. His non-fiction includes Saltwater City, a history of the Chinese in Vancouver.


"Paul Yee's adrenaline-fueled story is life lived on a knife's edge--sometimes literally--in telling what a Chinese railway coolie intends to do days before returning to China: deliver his young son, of mixed Chinese-Native blood, to the boy's mother. Set in a time of lawless attitudes bred of racism, not just against the Chinese but also against Natives and those of mixed-blood, A Superior Man brings to life a coolie's daily travails, where the weight of expectations of those he's left behind in China and the fear of failure blur the line between honor and treachery." --Denise Chong, author of The Concubine's Children

"Miraculously, Paul Yee is able to take the often ugly facts of History and its movers and shakers, its peons and oppressed, and weave an epic tapestry of unforgettable (because realistic) personalities, detailed dilemmas of love in a time of cholera and anti-'coolie' hysteria, and vivid recreation of migrant, Chinese overseas culture--and Sino-Anglo speech ... Kudos to Paul on his successful revelation of the Native and Chinese struggles and survival that give Canada, even now, a cosmopolitan citizenry. Likenesses? Think Garcia Marquez in scope, but Hemingway in directness. A Superior Man is a superb novel." --George Elliott Clarke, author of Whylah Falls and George & Rue

"A Superior Man is the work of a first-rank storyteller. In it, Paul Yee brings to life the Chinese railway experience in 19th-century British Columbia with an impressive attention to detail and understanding of Chinese culture. His re-telling of the immigrant experience is taut, visceral, and ultimately redemptive." --Kevin Chong, author of Baroque-a-Nova and Northern Dancer

"A riveting story and fitting tribute to the harsh and complex lives of Chinese railroad workers as told by a master storyteller with an impressive knowledge of Chinese and Native Canadian history, literature, and culture. The novel is full of Chinese proverbs and graphic language, and rich with detailed descriptions of places, people, and events. A most enjoyable and informative read." --Judy Yung, Professor Emerita of American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz