A friend passed it to me before we left Beijing, together with its sequel.
I was initially reluctant to bring it with us to HK given the amount of stuff that we already have & the limited storage capacity of our current abode
And also, I have, for some time now, with the MANY books that we've accumulated over the years, and the lack of shelf space in our bookcase, switched to electronic books in order to appease my never ending love & thirst for reading. How about libraries, one may ask. Well, libraries stocking English books in Beijing are not exactly easy to find, let alone bookstores with good stock of English books. And besides, for me, a book is not just a book, but most of the time, it becomes an old friend that one wants to tuck away with the intention of re-visiting again sometime in the near (or far) future.
Hence our problem with the overstocked book shelves.
In any case, I am glad that I did keep this book gift as it is an engrossing read (so far). And there is something about reading a good old made-of-paper book that feels familiar & friendly, like putting on an old comfy sweater.