Timothy Mo: Sour Sweet

(917 words)
  • Elaine Ho (University of Hong Kong)

Published in 1982, Sour Sweet is Timothy Mo’s second novel. Set in London’s Chinatown during the 1960s, it follows the adventures of the Chen family, immigrants from Hong Kong. The novel consists of 36 chapters which fall into 3 parts: Chapters 1 to 10 introduce the main characters – Chen, his wife Lily, their young son, Man Kee, and Lily’s sister, Mui – and narrate their origins and immigrant way of life in the early days of their arrival; Chapters 11 to 22 shows the growth of the family and its adaptation to new life in Britain. The remaining 14 chapters are concerned with the breaking up and reconstitution of the family, leading to the denouement of Chen’s disappearance, Mui’s marriage and …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Ho, Elaine. "Sour Sweet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 February 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=1927, accessed 10 October 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. Postcolonial literature - Britain, The Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand