By Elsie Sze
Winner of the inaugural Saphira Prize
A story of tragedy, uprising and romance unfolds within the jungles and gold mining kingdom of Borneo.
Ah Min, a tender chinese language immigrant, follows his ally to hunt his fortune in Sarawak within the mid-19th century. They labour within the mines along fellow Hakka and a few local Dayak. Ah Min explores a moist land of beguiling ladies, of aromatic spices and of ghosts. however the oppression of the English White Rajah attracts the boys right into a uprising that might have catastrophic consequences.
Over a hundred years later, Ah Min’s descendant Ka Ming joins communist guerrillas within the jungles of Sarawak. dealing with chance at each flip, he and his neighbors needs to struggle for his or her ideologies opposed to British and Malaysian troops. The tales of Ah Min and Ka Ming are instructed during the eyes of a contemporary younger girl, Therese. A tattered magazine, a mysterious stranger and the voice of Ka Ming eventually display that the 2 males are hooked up by means of greater than blood.
˃˃˃ compliment for Ghost Cave: a singular of Sarawak
“The calm manner of the trendy East Asian citizen belies the region’s tumultuous heritage. In Ghost Cave, a latest girl investigates her relations historical past to discover a heart-rending story of immigrants at the path of gold in Borneo within the mid-1800s. enthusiasts of old drama will locate this story well-researched and satisfying.” ”" Nury Vittachi, writer of The Curious Diary of Mr Jam and The Feng Shui Detective series
“In the culture of the folklorist, Elsie Sze offers a multigenerational story of Sarawak earlier and current. wealthy in historic aspect, Ghost Cave finds long-forgotten secrets and techniques and supplies, to bare the timelessness of human bonds.” ”" Ania Szado, writer of Studio Saint-Ex and starting of Was
“Ghost Cave: a singular of Sarawak includes surprises at each flip. A long-ago tragedy, a buried treasure and a harrowing guerrilla struggle are only a part of what makes this unheard of story a hugely suggested learn. extra importantly, it explores the center and heartbreak of a family members guaranteed to one another throughout a turbulent time.” ”" Shannon younger, editor of the way Does One gown to shop for Dragonfruit? and writer of The artwork of Escalator Jumping
“Elsie Sze writes an enticing tale of Sarawak that's either splendidly specified and informative. every one bankruptcy of this compelling novel takes us deeper into the historical past of Borneo and into the lives of the characters.” ”" Leanne Liberman, writer of Gravity, The publication of bushes and Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust
˃˃˃ From award-winning writer Elsie Sze
ELSIE SZE grew up in Hong Kong and at the moment lives in Toronto along with her husband, Michael. they've got 3 sons, Benjamin, Samuel and Timothy. A former instructor and librarian, she is an avid traveler, frequently to overseas which shape the settings for her tales. Her first novel, Hui Gui: a chinese language tale, used to be nominated for Foreword magazine’s e-book of the yr Award in Fiction, 2006. Her moment novel, the center of the Buddha, was once released within the usa in 2009 and was once shortlisted for the Foreword journal 2009 Multicultural Fiction e-book of the yr Award. In 2013, Elsie’s manuscript “Ghost Cave” gained the inaugural Saphira Prize, a literary prize provided by means of ladies in Publishing Society, Hong Kong, for unpublished writing.
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