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Dynasty: A Novel of China Hardcover


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pan
  • ASIN: B000XUBJ2U
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.7 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joel Zibell on July 2, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of the best novels I have ever read. Elegant knows how to write historical fiction. This book ranks right up there with James Clavell's Taipan and Pearl Buck's Daughters of Madame Liang. Historical events are used accurately as a backdrop to the family saga of the Sekloongs. The characters become so "real" you believe you know each one. Highly recommended for those interested in modern China's development as a nation and for those wanting a epic novel to get lost in. What a movie this would make!
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Essilfie on March 22, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Please take the title of this review into serious consideration. The first few pages, made me want to put the book down. Although I don't think I would be willing to read the 600+ page novel again, I am glad that I read it. Still in the process of reading it (I'm at pg.457), it is interesting to say the least. I was a little lost in the beginning but once I got into the story of the main character (Mary), the read became easier. I was constantly disrupted by words I did not understand and finally decided to write them down and keep moving-- the book is still readable without words like "anachronistically".

This is the first book that I've read that focuses on the personal lives as strongly as the political and historical ties. Since it's "based on true events", those areas of politics are quite believable. It is pleasant to see this mix. If I could change two things about this novel I would: use smaller words and condense! If someone has ADD when it comes to reading, be scared of its mighty size but if you can be patient, it's worth the read, even just this once.
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