the fears that arise when main character Tien-tze decides to migrate
to another country to live are dreams that exhort him to seek masters
who will help him resolve those fears. When the half-light in his
bedroom sends him clues about his masters, Tien-tze embarks on the
adventure of a lifetime. He tracks down the esoteric Temple of
Journeys and through it enters a world of dragons.
In the company of a majestic golden dragon and a
scrawny albino one he sets off for the Mountain of Masters. Their
quest to find the mountain involves Tien-tze and his new friends in
the eternal struggle between good and evil. Sadness and death stalk
the adventure but Tien-tze eventually prevails.
A fairytale for adults as well as children,
Childhood's Journey is the delightful first novel of Malaysian
author Wu Tien-tze. He belongs to a new wave of English language
writers emerging from Malaysia and Singapore, where the stifling of
expression has made the development of amateur literature both
necessary and difficult.
"The title says it all.
The discovery of a childhood trauma becomes an adventure of the soul.
Elegantly written and movingly told, Tien-tze's novel is a journey for
young and old"
Hong Kong Magazine
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