Pao: A Novel

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jul 12, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages
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As a young boy, Pao comes to Jamaica in the wake of the Chinese Civil War and rises to become the Godfather of Kingston's bustling Chinatown. Pao needs to take care of some dirty business, but he is no Don Corleone. The rackets he runs are small-time, and the protection he provides necessary, given the minority status of the Chinese in Jamaica. Pao, in fact, is a sensitive guy in a wise guy role that doesn't quite fit. Often mystified by all that he must take care of, Pao invariably turns to Sun Tzu's Art of War. The juxtaposition of the weighty, aphoristic words of the ancient Chinese sage, with the tricky criminal and romantic predicaments Pao must negotiate builds the basis of the novel's great charm.

A tale of post-colonial Jamaica from a unique and politically potent perspective, Pao moves from the last days of British rule through periods of unrest at social and economic inequality, through tides of change that will bring about Rastafarianism and the Back to Africa Movement. Pao is an utterly beguiling, unforgettable novel of race, class and creed, love and ambition, and a country in the throes of tumultuous change.

Kerry Young was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Chinese-African mother and a Chinese father-a businessman in Kingston's shadow economy who provided inspiration for Pao. Young moved to England in 1965 at the age of ten. She earned her MA in creative writing at Nottingham Trent University. This is her first novel.

 

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User Review  - Tea58 - LibraryThing

Pao is a novel about the Chinese community living in Jamaica. Pao's life is far from easy. Each day brings change. The changes not only happen to Pao and his community but to the whole of Jamaica. Pao ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing

This was another serendipitous find - having finished the book I was reading and not having my Kindle to hand i needed something to read on the journey home, and picked this up by chance as it was on ... Read full review

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Contents

1945
1
Moral Influence
9
Command
17
Doctrine
29
Appreciation of the Situation
35
Advantages of the Ground
40
Responsibility
48
Confirmation of the Ground
52
Waging War
156
Employing Troops
164
Human Relations
171
Sincerity
178
Courage
182
Resilience
188
Resourcefulness
199
Wisdom
203

Humanity
54
Compassion
60
Weather
66
The Employment of Secret Agents
69
Offensive Strategy
78
Deception
89
Force
97
The Modifying of Tactics
104
Favourable and Unfavourable Factors
112
Opportunity
121
Reputation
129
Manoeuvre
133
Death Ground
139
Truce
144
Wasteful Delay
209
Humility
216
Marches
223
Control
228
The Burning of Personnel
231
Precautionary Measures
235
Contestable Ground
242
AllunderHeaven
244
Desolate Ground
250
Terrain
259
Disposition
265
Weaknesses and Strengths
268
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Kerry Young was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Chinese-African mother and a Chinese father-a businessman in Kingston's shadow economy, who provided inspiration for Pao. Young moved to England in 1965 at the age of ten. She earned her MA in creative writing at Nottingham Trent University. Her second novel, Gloria, was a fiction finalist for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

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