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Blue Poppies

(2001)
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"Falla's... vivid and authoratative offers us the chance to experience cultures that are exhileratingly, sometimes frighteningly different from our own."
Michel Faber


Jonathan Falla weaves a powerful tale of love and war, exile and homecoming...and of one man's desire to lose himself in a foreign land, only to find himself caught in a time of chaos and change.

Blue Poppies

The year is 1950 and, as the world recovers from the ravages of World War II, the Chinese army is perched on the border of a fragile land awaiting its destiny. Jamie Wilson, a young Scottish wireless operator and veteran of the war, has just arrived in the remote Tibetan village of Jyeko. He has come on business--to establish a radio outpost--but his journey will resonate much more deeply.

Like those who have traveled to this place before him, Jamie, the Ying-gi-li, is mesmerized by the majestic mountain ranges and enigmatic people, but he will also find an uncommon refuge in its unyielding beauty and in the arms of the willful Puton, a young widow cast out by the people of Jyeko. Inexorably drawn together by a shared loneliness, Jamie and Puton discover a rare passion and the promise of reconnection and belonging--until the voice of Radio Peking crackles over the airwaves, announcing the imminent advance of the Chinese army. Amid the ensuing violence and tumult, Jamie and Puton must embrace their fate and that of the remarkable land that has brought them together. What lies before them and the people of Jyeko is a harrowing journey across a breathtaking landscape...and an extraordinary tale of pride and loyalty, survival and awakening.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

 
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Paperback Editions

February 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: Blue Poppies
Author(s): Jonathan Falla
ISBN: 0-385-33680-2 / 978-0-385-33680-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delta
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: Blue Poppies
Author(s): Jonathan Falla
ISBN: 1-903238-55-2 / 978-1-903238-55-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: 11:9
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: Blue Poppies
Author(s): Jonathan Falla
ISBN: 1-903238-37-4 / 978-1-903238-37-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: 11:9
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

November 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Blue Poppies
Author(s): Jonathan Falla
Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   

December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Blue Poppies
Author(s): Jonathan Falla
Publisher: Delta
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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