Title Profile & Character Information

Monkey Hunting

Annotation
"In 1857, when Chen Pan signs a contract that will take him from China "beyond the edge of the world to Cuba," he has no idea that he will be enslaved on a sugarcane plantation...or that he will eventually, miraculously, escape his bonds and embark on a prosperous life in Havana's Chinatown...or that he will buy a mulatto woman out of slavery and take her into his home and heart...or that he will end his long days in Havana, surrounded by children and grandchildren, as Cuban as he is Chinese." "In a vivid tapestry of incident and feeling, Chen Pan's life story is interwoven with those of two of his descendants: his granddaughters, Chen Fang, born in China and raised as a boy so she could be educated, her life coming to its end in one of Mao's hellish prisons, and Domingo, Chen Pan's great-great-grandson, who, with his father, becomes an American citizen after Castro's revolution, only to lose his parent to the false promises of the American dream, and himself, finally, to the madness of wartime Vietnam."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2003  New York Times Notable Books of the Year

Characters
NameChen Pan
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsSlave
 Slave
TraitsChinese
Chinese

GenreFiction
Historical
Multicultural
Saga
    --Family
    --Family
TopicsFamily histories
Indentured servants
Deception
Voyages
Slavery
Plantation life
Freedom
New beginnings
Cultural identity
Family histories
Indentured servants
Deception
Voyages
Slavery
Plantation life
Freedom
New beginnings
Cultural identity
SettingChina
Cuba
China
Cuba