On 2 July, renowned columnist Mr Chip Tsao (To Kit) was invited to host a sharing session with students on the pleasure of English reading co-organised by Lingnan University and Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).
Mr Tsao recommended to the students an English novel Fear of Flying, the first novel written by American author Erica Jong. He also explored the differences between the Chinese and English novel in their format and use of language. Mr Tsao pointed out that Chinese novels are faster in pace and emphasise more the plot development. Journey to the West and Golden Lotus are the masterpieces of the classic Chinese novel.
On the contrary, English novels tend to focus on exploring philosophical questions such as life and death in a more straightforward and meticulous manner, perhaps with a pinch of sarcasm and self-mockery. Life of Pi, a well-acclaimed novel adapted by Taiwanese film director Ang Lee, is one of the examples.
HKTDC collaborated with major cultural and educational institutions in Hong Kong to co-organise a series of cultural events as part of the “Hong Kong Book Fair 2013” under the theme of “Cultural July”.