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The Concubine of Shanghai Paperback – July 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714531502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714531502
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,935,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliant and sensitive writer -- Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans A fascinating, full-blooded yarn which has the reader rooting for its heroine, a kind of Chinese Moll Flanders, every inch of the way Independent on Sunday A beautiful and gripping writer -- Tariq Ali Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Hong Ying was born in Chingqing in 1962 into a boat sailor's family. She was the sixth child in a family of eight, and endured great poverty and hunger as a child during the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Daniel on July 5, 2008
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After reading this author's K The Art of Love, I bought this book expecting another fascinating trip into the China of bygone days. On one level, I was not disappointed. The story begins in 1907 with 16 year old Cassia being sold by her aunt to a Shanghai brothel. The rest of the tale unfolds in early 20th century Shanghai, giving the reader of rare glimpse at at city changing rapidly in terms of foreign influence and local custom. The novel is poorly translated--which is a rather large flaw-- damaging a truly gripping story. It was Hong Ying's talent in telling a yarn (based in fact) that kept me reading a book which needs to be retranslated so that more can enjoy it. What would have been a 5 star book, warrants only 3 due to the translation.
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By bigboppar on August 6, 2012
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Hong Ying knows how to tell a story, while providing wonderful cultural insight with historical perspective. This read will capture your heart, and satisfy your intellect.
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what a great book. I've traveled for 30 years in and out of China and Hong Ying really evokes the China and Shanghai I have known. Well-written, nice verse, easy read, historical, interesting, emotional.
fine work.
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