Book review: Avenue of Eternal Peace
BOOK: Avenue of Eternal Peace
AUTHOR: Nicholas Jose
PUBLISHER: Wakefield Press
NICHOLAS Jose lived in China from 1986-1990, working as a teacher and diplomat.
During this time he witnessed the demonstrations in many Chinese cities and the massive anti-government protests and bloody military crackdown that erupted in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Experiencing what occurred at close hand, Jose evokes the mood of the people in the lead up to that tragic event.
It takes the form of a novel, narrated by its hero-observer, Dr Wally Frith.
Middle-aged and feeling burnt out, Wally accepts a post at Peking Union Medical College. Here he starts his quest to find Professor Hsu, a leading cancer specialist.
He meets Jin Juan who helps him in his quest.
With a rich diversity of characters, Jose's story is engrossing and also casts an acutely perceptive light on the life and times of a nation on the brink of monumental change.