The Last Heavenly King

In this first part of Triptych of Times Hong Kuiyuan tells his personal story of the collapse, in 1864, of the Christian theocracy established by his uncle, the first Heavenly King, during 'the Taiping Rebellion' in China. His relatives, including the new King, are killed by the imperial Qing, but the sixteen-year-old Kuiyuan manages to survive. Later in life he will write this historical novella. More

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About Vincent van Mechelen

(Machiel) Vincent van Mechelen is a native of the Netherlands who also lived and worked in Canada as a landed immigrant. A graduate in landscape architecture, philosophy and English language and literature, Vincent van Mechelen wrote short stories, a play, poems (including songs) and the Vocabulary of Alliteration, all labors of love.

Triptych of Times is hitherto the author's only novel and has been made available in print. It is a trilogy consisting of three parts which are novellas in themselves: The Last Heavenly King (also available as an ebook), Waiting Can Wait and Legends of the Future. As the first part describes the final days of the 'Taiping Rebellion' (only 84 years before 'Machiel' first saw the light), it should be added that the author studied Chinese at an elementary to intermediate level as well, visited China on a one-year voyage around the world and started revisiting it more than three decades later.

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