Lanchester was raised in Hong Kong (his grandparents had settled there in the 1930s and been interned by the Japanese during the war), and his insider view of the place is about as far from the small, lyrical Western-Asian novels of recent years as can be imagined. The broad scope and jerking pace of Fragrant Harbor can be disconcerting, but they vividly convey the shifting fortunes and alliances of this crowded, corrupting, and much-contested territory. --Regina Marler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The story is sweeping and tumultuous yet told in a mannered, reflective, personal voice.
Lanchester holds the threads of a story together skillfully, but I found the ending of Fragrant Harbour a bit unsatisfactory with too many loose ends.
Set in Hong Kong, it presents the stories of four main characters, each of which is an immigrant to this city.
A good read. Interesting but a disappointing ending. I would still recommend it.Published 6 months ago by Livre
I felt I was actually in Hongkong living along with the characters and going thru their trials and ttribulations along side them.any John Lanchester book is great.Published 8 months ago by susan andreu
After reading Mr Lanchester's superb 'Debt to Pleasure', I couldn't resist another of his works. This is well-written but not in the same league. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sally tarbox
Beginning and ending with the present business shenanigans of Hong Kong saved this book from being just another WWII story.Published 10 months ago by Jane Hinckley
This is a very well written book in terms that it manages to combine history, politics, sociology and still present a strong narrative. Read morePublished 15 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
Historical fiction without trying to be historical fiction, without shoving facts and figures and culture down readers' throats, without pretension - such is Lanchester's... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Richard Bon
This is a slow-moving tale related by four disparate narrators. Taking place primarily in Hong Kong, it describes the changes wrought in the lives of the narrators, their families... Read morePublished 16 months ago by David Koulack
The author writes well and much of the story is interesting but the three main parts of the book don't hang together very well. Read morePublished 19 months ago by E.W.
Having lived in Hong Kong it brought back good memories.An excellent read to be recommended, also to those who don't know Hong Kong.
A great tale.