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Journey to Wang Tong: Larry Feign’s Enigmatic Village Tales

The Village At The Center of the World: Larry Feign’s Vivid Visual Chronicles

Acclaimed writer and artist, Larry Feign, best known for his critically lauded ‘Lily Wong’ comic strip, has introduced his newest literary offering, “The Village At The Center of the World”. The book is a collection of 80 interconnected essays and stories, accentuated by over 90 vibrant color photographs.


Set in Wang Tong, a secluded village on an island in the South China Sea, the book brings to life the tales of this enigmatic place, where water buffalo traffic jams are the norm and there’s not a car in sight. Mysterious enough that no signs direct one to its existence, and even the local police seem unable to trace its coordinates. Yet, this silent, unassuming village once held the possibility of being the capital of the known world.

Feign, with his hallmark nuance and depth, introduces readers to the unique inhabitants of Wang Tong. From Ah-Po, a benevolent old farmer with her intriguing toy animal realm, to Uncle Six, fondly known as the village’s cat aficionado, and Mr. Lam, whose wartime memories of a chilling event at the beach still haunt him. Each narrative is a testament to Feign’s ability to breathe life into characters, making them jump off the pages.

Complementing the written word are meticulously curated photographs, showcasing the untouched beauty of Wang Tong. These images, alongside Feign’s storytelling, craft a multi-sensory experience that is sure to transport readers straight to the village’s heart.

For those familiar with Larry Feign’s illustrious career, which spans across multiple countries like Hong Kong, England, and Portugal, his keen eye for capturing the essence of societies is evident. His works have previously graced reputable publications like Time, The Economist, and the New York Times. And now, his dedication towards “The Village At The Center of the World” is made even more special by the fact that Wang Tong was more than a subject; it was his home for over three decades.

In addition to this latest literary venture, Feign is channeling his creativity into historical fiction, with “The Flower Boat Girl” being the first in a forthcoming series of historical novels. Beyond his professional pursuits, Larry continues to share his life with his spouse of forty years, Dr. Cathy Tsang-Feign, a renowned clinical psychologist and author.

“The Village At The Center of the World” promises to be more than just a book. It’s a journey, an experience, and most importantly, an invitation into Larry Feign’s world, as seen through his eyes. It is now available in leading bookstores and online platforms. Readers and enthusiasts are encouraged to grab a copy and step into the captivating tales of Wang Tong.

Topics: Larry Feign’s new book, Wang Tong village tales, South China Sea hidden village, stories from Wang Tong, photographs of Wang Tong village, Larry Feign’s portrayal of Wang Tong, tales of a secluded village, characters of Wang Tong village, untouched beauty of Wang Tong

Last Updated on 2023/09/20

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