Apology may be a
first novel, but it suffers from none of the usual first novel flaws such as fuzzy
characterizations or hurried plots that feel like an editor rushed a manuscript
The history of Taiwan and the Taiwanese is an
important story, one that should not be forgotten. Wu’s writing is compelling
as a witness to this story.
Kenichi grows from a boy dreamer to a man, compelled to endure the hardships of
the sea to achieve his goal of becoming the first person to sail solo across the Pacific Ocean.
The Red Chamber
will probably not be called a “masterpiece” like the classical text that inspired
it. However, it is an enjoyable read and a good introduction to those interested
in the original classic, The Story of the
Forgotten Country is
an admirable first novel and a good read, but feels like the work of a writer
still searching for her own genuine voice and vision.