By William Bell
Seventeen-year-old Alex Jackson comes domestic from tuition to discover that his father, a CBC information cameraman, desires to take him to China's capital, Beijing. Once there, Alex reveals himself on his personal in Tian An males sq. as determined scholars struggle the chinese language military for his or her freedom. Separated from his father and sporting unlawful videotapes, Alex needs to belief the scholars to aid him escape.
Closely in line with eyewitness money owed of the bloodbath in Beijing, Forbidden City is a robust and scary story.
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Mr. Xu did his pumping routine on me. He held on to my hand and said, “Welcome you to China, Ah-rek Shan Dah” — Mr. ” He talked English with an accent, and he said words that ended in “r” a bit like a Britisher. Like, cah, for car. And Ah-rek Shan Dah. “Thanks,” I mumbled, wishing he’d let go of my hand. “We have a car,” he said, and finally released me. We got our stuff packed into the trunk of a Nissan and climbed in, Dad and I in the back and Mr. Xu in front with the driver. We pulled out of the airport parking area onto the straightest road I’ve ever seen in my life.
I tried to shut out his booming voice and talk to Lao Xu. I asked him what was on the dishes in the centre of the table. He pointed to them one at a time. ” Great, I thought. What a thrill. Maybe the chicken will be okay. ” “Preserved eggs. ” I tried to use my chopsticks, but after a few minutes of trying to pick up the jelly-like strips of preserved egg, I gave up and used the fork. I should have stuck to the chopsticks. The egg felt like glue in my mouth. The waiters and waitresses started bringing in the hot courses.
We got deep-fried chicken, and chicken balls in oyster sauce. Two or three kinds of fish served on big oval platters — fish with the heads and tails still on and the eyes staring at you, daring you to eat. Slices of duck with crisp, fatty skin. Shrimps with hot red sauce that made my eyes water. Shredded pork with green pepper and black mushrooms. Beef bits with ginger and onions. I tried it all and liked most of it. While we ate, Lao Xu and I talked — or he did, mostly. Turns out he’s a history buff, too.