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Viewing Entry - The water beetles (S12867)
by Kaan, Michael

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TitleThe water beetles
Author / Responsible partyKaan, Michael
GenreHistorical fiction.
TopicsHistorical fiction. World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction. Combat Disorders -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


The Leung family leads a life of secluded luxury in Hong Kong. But in December 1941, the Empire of Japan invades the colony. The family is quickly dragged into a spiral of violence, repression, and starvation. To survive, they entomb themselves and their friends in the Leung mansion. But this is only a temporary reprieve, and the Leungs are forced to send their children away. The youngest boy, Chung-Man, escapes with some of his siblings, and together they travel deep into the countryside to avoid the Japanese invaders. But when the Japanese arrive, Chung-Man is once again taken captive, entering a new cycle of violence and punishment until he finally breaks free and returns to Hong Kong. Deeply scarred, Chung-Man drifts, enveloped by the unspoken vestiges of war. It is only as he leaves home once again that he finally glimpses a way to keep living with his troubled and divided self.

Additional Information

System control numberS12867
Original Print PublisherFredericton, NB : Goose Lane Editions, 2017.
NarratorGerald Gibson.
Narrator NameGerald Gibson.
Participant or performer noteGerald Gibson.
Narrators GenderMale narrator