Extracts - Original
Grab a Snake by the Tail-Extract
Chapter One: "From the moment he started to reason and learn about life, as far as Mario Conde was concerned, a chino had always been what a chino ought to be: an individual with slanted eyes and skin which, despite its jaundiced yellow colour, was able to withstand adversity. A man transported by life’s challenges from a place as mythical as it was remote, a misty land amid tranquil rivers and impregnable, snow-peaked mountains, lost in the heavens; a country rich in legends about dragons, wise mandarins and subtle sages with good advice on every subject."