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If only China had Calvin Coolidge in their history.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream: A Novel (Paperback)
This one really has to be read on trust. Such an absurd concept - former Red Guard escapes mainland China to Hong Kong, eventually reaches New York in the banking industry and becomes obsessed with Calvin Coolidge - can only be translated into wonderful reading by a genuine talent - which Mr. Derbyshire obviously is. It's worth reading for the commentary on Chinese history. It's worth reading for the commentary on Mr. Coolidge. It's worth reading strictly for the penultimate scene - when the title scene is played out. It's worth reading purely for the craft of the author's art. It's just worth reading - proof that there are still precious gems out there amid the torrent of flotsam and jetsam that the main publishing houses turn out on a prolific and shameless basis.