Renegade, or Halo2

Renegade, or Halo2

Timothy Mo / Nov 18, 2019

Renegade or Halo Over the last two decades Timothy Mo has been responsible for producing some of the best postcolonial fiction written in English From his debut Monkey King to two of his finest novels Sour Sweet and

  • Title: Renegade, or Halo2
  • Author: Timothy Mo
  • ISBN: 9780952419334
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Over the last two decades Timothy Mo has been responsible for producing some of the best postcolonial fiction written in English From his debut Monkey King, to two of his finest novels Sour Sweet and An Insular Possession, Mo has written with great wit and political intelligence about the postcolonial condition from his own uniquely Anglo Asian perspective With RenegadeOver the last two decades Timothy Mo has been responsible for producing some of the best postcolonial fiction written in English From his debut Monkey King, to two of his finest novels Sour Sweet and An Insular Possession, Mo has written with great wit and political intelligence about the postcolonial condition from his own uniquely Anglo Asian perspective With Renegade or Halo Mo confirms his status as one of the finest novelists currently writing about globalisation, decolonisation, migrancy and cultural hybridity Renegade or Halo2 is narrated by Rey Archimedes Blondel Castro, a black Filipino who size and skin colour owe to his anonymous American GI father than his Filipina bar girl mother Lifted from the barrios of Mactan by an unlikely pair of Jesuits, Rey begins the most extraordinary of picaresque journeys across the globe, which takes him from the Philippines to Hong Kong, Thailand, the wonderfully evoked fictional Gulf state of Bohaiden, London and Cuba Along the way Rey moves in and out of the high and low of Mo s vividly imagined world, from the frighteningly macho fraternities of Manila high society, to the stateless and the dispossessed who haunt the backstreets of the Gulf states and the fringes of London s metropolis A true renegade, Rey never fully embraces any of the communities through which he moves, shrugging off the fear and racism he encounters with his own unique response, summed up by the first words in the book Love your enemies Far better than your friends, the dolts define you This is a wonderful novel which never descends into an idealisation of the emigrant, as Rey s encounters and adventures lurch from incongruous hilarity to sickening violence and depravity Rey is a marvellous imaginative creation as are some of his many sidekicks along the way , a fascinating and unlikely mixture of ingredients, as appealing as the Filipino desert Halo, which gives the novel its title Whilst the novel resists the usual moralising of so many bildungsroman novels, it s a stinging but also very humane meditation on the enduring tribalism and racism of our global world Jerry Brotton

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      • Timothy Mo

        Timothy Peter Mo is an Anglo Chinese novelist H e is the son of a British mother and a Hong Kong Chinese father He came to britain as a ten year old.


    934 Comments

    1. I despise any author that includes rape and sexual assault at least once every fifty pages only so that the main character can come in as a redemptive white knight. The deluge of racist generalizations didn't tickle me either. I'm not sure if the main character was supposed to be a sociopath or if the writer was incapable of writing emotion. I can see how one could be tricked into thinking that this is good writing because of its parroting of I.Welsh-esque use of dialect, but it's mainly irritat [...]


    2. I sort of wish I listened to this book on tape, because the characters' voices are so distinct. Like a few of the non-Filipino characters in the book, I nearly found myself adopting some of the typical Visayan turns of phrase that the main characters use.


    3. Fascinating story about the adventures of a large, black, highly intelligent boy from the Philippines, the son of a US serviceman and a bar girl. Born in poverty and educated by Jesuit priests, he has to leave the Philippines, and finds himself in various countries doing a variety of jobs.




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