In The Legendary Swordsman, century-old wine from Turpan, Xinjiang, is shared, spilled and used for an impromptu work of calligraphy when swordsman Linghu Chong visits the 4 cultured squires of Plum Manor and challenges them to duels.
The charming chapter, initially titled Plum Manor, Solitary Hill, unfolds in a home close to West Lake in Hangzhou.
And it was conjured up by Louis Cha in, of all locations, Singapore in 1967.
That yr, the Hong Kong novelist and founding editor of Ming Pao Daily News arrange Shin Min Daily News right here with Axe Brand Universal Oil founder Leung Yun Chee. About two months after Shin Min was launched, leftist riots broke out in Hong Kong in May.
Cha, who acquired loss of life threats from the leftists, stayed in Singapore for 11/2 months for his security, mentioned Ming Pao.
Television was not but prevalent on the time and Cha, alias Jin Yong, constructed his newspapers round fiction dietary supplements that serialised his sought-after wuxia novels.
During his sojourn in Singapore, he went to the Shin Min workplace – at 7 Davidson Road then – previous 2pm on daily basis to write down about 1,200 phrases of his newest novel, The Legendary Swordsman, retired journalist Toh Lam Huat instructed Ming Pao in 2016.
The fiction editor Ling Geok Choon had briefly moved into the editor-in-chief’s workplace and would watch as Cha got here in, sat on the couch and flipped via a newspaper, Mr Toh mentioned. At the editor-in-chief’s desk, the novelist would begin writing as a typesetter waited on the door.
Cha stuffed three sheets of manuscript paper at each sitting, stopping after he had produced about 1,200 phrases.
“His habit was to stop after finishing writing,” Mr Toh mentioned. “He didn’t write more, didn’t write in advance, always wrote on the spot and didn’t reread after writing. He rarely made changes to the manuscript. This means that his thinking was careful.”
Mr Toh was a complement editor with Nanyang Siang Pau when he befriended Cha in 1981. Around the 1980s, Cha bought his stake in Shin Min after foreigners had been barred from holding greater than a three per cent stake in an area newspaper. In the 1990s, he bought Ming Pao to Hong Kong entrepreneur Yu Pun Hoi. It is now managed by Malaysian tycoon Tiong Hiew King.
Mr Toh, who was editor of Shin Min from 1992 to 2007, didn’t have first-hand information of these afternoons Cha labored in Singapore. But he heard about them from late fiction editor Ling, who had been in that room with Cha – and who later gave Mr Toh these valuable handwritten pages about Linghu’s journey in Plum Manor.
Foong Woei Wan