The Devil of Nanking
With the redolent atmosphere of Ian Rankin and the spine-chilling characters of Thomas Harris, Mo Hayder's The Devil of Nanking, takes the reader on an electrifying literary ride from the palatial apartments of yakuza kingpins to deep inside the secret history of one of the twentieth century's most brutal events: the Nanking Massacre.
Rape of Nan...more
Three voices have entered my head.
Grey: is a personally troubled, young student from London, with a highly unstable past and a vested interest in her research of war atrocities, most notably the 1937 Nanking Massacre. She has come to Tokyo in search of Shi Chonming, a Nanking survivor, who Grey believes...more
It's hard to believe this is the same author as "Ritual" which was exciting but certainly not written at this level of detail. I completely trusted the world and characters this author has created.
I don't give 5 stars very often and though this had a few holes (mostly to do with wanting more details but not needing them) "Devil of Nanking...more
É baseado num episódio da história da humanidade – o massacre e tortura de milhares de chineses, pelo exército imperial japonês, durante a invasão da cidade de Nanquim, em 1937.
A acção desenrola-se, capítulo a capítulo, entre a cidade chinesa e Tóquio 50 depois, onde encontramos Grey, uma jovem inglesa, que procura um filme que relata um episódio do massacre.
É um livro muito bem escrito e muito complexo, que expõe...more
O ponto de partida do livro são os crimes da guerra genocida perpetrados pelo exército imperial japonês em Nanquim, durante a guerra com a China entre 1937 e 1938, e em que foram cometidas inúmeras atrocidades, como estupros, saques sistemáticos, torturas macabras, incêndios criminosos e execução de prisioneiros civis e militares, num compêndio de violência generalizada e atroz...more
One has knowledge from participation and the other far removed, and somewhat sanitized, by the printed page. But, when it com...more
The only reason I gave this 4 stars rather than 5, was because I felt there were a few 'holes' in the plot, that maybe needed filling in a little more than they were. Jason was an odd-ball character, but I felt he could have been 'fleshed' out a little more so that we understood why he was the way he was. Similarly, Grey's ignorance and background with her parents was never...more
While it was gripping, I took my time reading this book because it was not one of those read-it-and-get-it-done-with-so-that-I-can-say-that-I've-read-this kind of books. It contains a lot of disturbing subject matter, so definitely not for the weak of heart.
I was really fascinated by the characters, though I sometimes found it frustrating that the writer builds suspense, and then reveals so little by little that I'd be thinking, "Oh come on just spill it al...more
Hayder writes a book with feeling and a good attempt at "the thriller," but ultimately falling short o...more
Ever since then Grey has been obsessed with proving that that atrocity...more
L'héroine principale n'est ni mièvre ni attachante, et heureusement. L'écriture se concentre sur l'action, sur le moment et le vécu, sans s'encombrer de tout un contexte par personnage. L'histoire de l'héroine nous est connue petit à petit aux moments où le lecteur en a besoin. Et contrairement à d'autres commentaires que j'ai lus, ce n'est p...more
A guerra com a china, a violência do exército japonês, a tomada de Nanquim, o desepero, a superstição, a chacina, a busca pessoal disfarçada de interesse académico.
A medicina chinesa (japonesa?), os troféus, a sabedoria dos antigos, a busca da imortalidade, as mezinhas humanas de humanos, oshaka.
Tak tohle spojení mi velice lákalo. Čekala jsem něco velkého. Příběh se odehrává ve dvou časových liniích. První je o „Jepici“ - Grey. Mladé dívce co přijela do Tokia pro odpovědi. Vyrostla v Londýně a byla přísně vychovávaná v ústraní rodiči. Veškeré informace, které se k ní dostaly, byly přísně filtrované. Avšak jednou se přes síto dostala kniha o masakru V Nankingu. Malá oranžová knížečka, která spustila koloběh událo...more
Lalu menjadi menarik saat Shi Chongmin dan Grey mulai sering bertemu dan berinteraksi. Juga saat Grey bekerja sambilan sebagai pramuria di bar Tokyo.
Suster Ogawanya keren <3 . Sayang nggak diperjelas apakah dia ini orang berkelamin ganda atau bagaimana dan ... sayangnya lagi, kondisi terakhirnya Jason yang super-duper-nyebelin itu nggak ditunjukkan.
Dan Mama Strawberry? Ih ... diam-diam ternyata sayang juga sama anak-anak buahnya meski tampi...more
Η συγγραφέας μας κάνει γ...more
The story is about a girl in her twenties, who comes to Japan to find out a very special fact about the japanese tortures in Nanking, 1937. Soon it becomes clear, that she has severe psychological problems, that she is an extreme o...more
It completely pulled the carpet out from under me. It may have had added weight with me as I have an interest in Asian cultures, and this book deals specifically with Chinese and Japanese cultures and their history together. I especially enjoyed it from the perspective of a foreigner to Japan who studied Chinese history during World War II. While the book is fiction, a good portion of the atrocity that Nanking endured at the hands of the Japanese...more
Mo lives in Bath with her daughter Lotte-Genevieve.
* Jack Caffery