Mandarin MOBI ✓ Hardcover

Mandarin MOBI ✓ Hardcover I have photocopied the first 25 pages, I hope I like the beginning as much as I ve anticipated reading this book Before purchasing, The Toronto Reference library, has the only available library copy in Stacks as a reference copy that can t be checked out. I will have to get back to you on it, I honestly lost interest and started reading something else This novel traces the lives of two Shanghai silk merchants and their families, and a concubine who manipulates the corrupt emperor into having his first child by her, during the Taiping Rebellion of the mid 19th century I ve had this book forever, tried reading it twice, found it ponderous, but finally finished and enjoyed it. From the Taiping Rebellion to the torching of the Imperial palaces by Western hordesAt the heart of this passionate saga of th century China are the love stories of two extraordinary women swept into the flames of warFRONAH Daughter of a rich Jewish Chinese merchant, she rebelled against her heritage and plunged into the sinful, dangerous pleasures of European ShanghaiYENEHALA Out of thousands of the Emperor s concubines, she alone would bear him a son, heir to China s vast fortunes and its bloody intrigues Out of the smoking ruins of war, she alone would lead her beloved China to a glorious new destinyCompleting the trilogy begun in Dynasty and Manchu , this family saga unfolds as an epic tale of love, war and ambition

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