A young Englishman arrives in China as a customs official in 1903 The books follows his life as he witnesses several major events as they occur in China He ultimately ends up spending his entire life in this land that he adopts as his ownI have seen this book compared to Tai Pan and Shogun by James Clavell but there is no comparison don t expect similarities The Clavell books are high adventure with superb character development while this book is less exciting and for its length lacking a bit in character development All that said I rather enjoyed the book almost bringing a tear to my eyes in the last 5 10
pages EPIC blurb on the book said In the tradition of Shogun EPIC The on the book said In the tradition of Shogun like Shogun this is a huge historical novel set in Asia but in China not JapanThe hero John Denton is much different from Blackthorn he is passive not an adventurer as much as an observer He does not do much things happen to him I find him a bit too passive not a strong lead character Also the first 300 pages or so are from his viewpoint Later when scens are shown from the viewpoints of other characters I beleive it improves the storyBut the acutually star of this book is China This books covers the time from 1903 until just after the Second Wrold War A pivotal time in China s history the Manchu dynasty was overthrown Dr Sun Yatsen was elected President attemts to begin mordernization then the rowing Japanses influence in the late 1930 s then the War then the rise of Communism The story is very well toldIt is packed with interesting characters both major and mior The historical details are accurate as. An epic New York Times bestseller chronicling the rise of a Taipan John Denton lands in famed Shanghai in 1903 a young customs officer newly assigned A The Barracks Thief and Selected Stories griffinreen and inexperienced he struggles to adapt to the roiling city Tailors live and sleep on the floor of their employers' ,
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DEFINITELY GO ON TO READ VOLUMESgo on to read volumes And 3 In and 3 in China Coast Trilogy Just finished this very large book I enjoyed it almost as much as I did Shogun by James Clavell Same sort of comparison of European culture with Asian culture in this case China in early 1900 s The book did a Becca and the Prisoners Cross (The Copernicus Legacy great job ofiving eual attention to fleshing out the characters as well as the historical events in a very turbulent time in China s history A reat book for anyone who likes historical fiction populated with believable characters Outstanding and captivated me until the endthey don t write them like this any and publishers ceratinly don t publish themA saga that sweeps from 1900 to 1945 with a cast of family characters that are British and Chinese As a story it enegages you with a lower middle class man who is sympathtic but not weak and tough but not a bully rare and is admirable in the stands he takes but yet they are understandable and in period unlike so many books that take today s moral judgements His path from rags to riches and Have you ever read a book that when you are done you just can t seem to let it o and move on to something else This book was like that So rich in history and culture But what surprised me was that even though he was a man I so identified with the main character The author so exuisitely painted the passages through life that where ever you find yourself you can identify with John Denton at that stage I feel as though I knew him personally and felt a loss at his passing I wonder about the randson he was raising about his surviving chi. Wealth and power children a mistress Shanghai claims him body and soul This epic novel spans the most volatile decades of China's existence and reveals to us its amazingly cosmopolitan heart Shanghai was an international bestseller and is available again for the first time in a deca.
read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Æ Christopher NewFar as I can tell The atmosphere and sense of place is especially ood Bascially it is a really ood compelling read It is uite long but for me it never draggedIf you like historical fiction this #Book Is For YOUTechni9cal NOte The Book #is for YOUTechni9cal NOte the Book is Shanghai it is listed as Shanghai p beleive the P means paperback but I did not know how to re list it I found the story interesting in regard to the description of the city itself and the lives of the various people who inhabited it It was an interesting time in history and I had no idea what life in Shanghai was like then I loved the character
of Su Mei Denton was not a sympathetic character in my opinion HeSu Mei Denton was not a sympathetic character in my opinion He emotionally detached from people even his own children he did not have close friends and seemed to be just oing through the motions most of the time pulled along by the tide of events In 2020 I was drawn to re read this book for some reason I enjoyed it a little than the first time but still rate it 3 stars Great details and descriptions really made you feel like you were there ultimately it didn t rab my attention story wise despite the mystery enough to want to o beyond the preview About halfway through this one what story wise despite the mystery enough to want to Eternal Quest go beyond the preview About halfway through this one what pleasure to read so far Can t wait to see what happens in it next for me that is a sure sign of a well written bookI really enjoyed this Every time it felt like the story was justonna roll around using tried and true plot lines something totally unexpected would The Widows Little Secret get thrown in and that really kept my curiosity piued to the end of the book A fantastic epic of Shanghai in the 20th century like a Chinese. Hops and onlookers dip money in the blood of freshly beheaded pirates to make the bills lucky The life teeming in the city's narrow streets andrand boulevards is beyond exotic Shanghai's fascinations are of another world Denton the expatriate thrives in China and remains acuiring.