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Bad History, Worse Fiction,
This review is from: Brothers: A Novel (Hardcover)
I can't remember the last time a novel disappointed me as thoroughly as "Brothers". I was almost willing to overlook the contrived characterizations and their lack of depth, but I couldn't get past the sloppy history. Mao actually had four wives, not three, and the notion that he was grooming a successor is ridiculous. Mao's only concern for China was staying in power, and he couldn't have been less concerned about what would happen after his death. To top it all off, Chen portrays Vietnam and China at war in 1972, when both were allies fending off the U.S. in Southeast Asia. China's falling out with Vietnam actually took place in 1979, as a result of Vietnamese attempts to expand into Cambodia. Serious errors like this made finishing "Brothers" impossible for me.
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Initial post: Aug 27, 2011 1:14:55 PM PDT
Alan Meyer says:
I finished the book and I have to say that you saved yourself some aggravation by giving up before the end. It doesn't get any better.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2013 10:00:06 AM PST
Steven M. Anthony says:
This is a simply awful book.
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