Yellow Emperor's Cure: A Novel
The richly woven, page-turning story of family ties, impossible love, and being a foreigner in a dangerous land
In a breakout novel that transports the reader to a brilliantly imagined, sensuously portrayed, dangerous point in history, Kunal Basu has written the tale of a man's journey that spans continentsand the limits of his faith in science. Lisbon, 1898: Antonio Maria...more
Tirei muitos apontamentos ao Português Inquieto enquanto o lia. Primeiro apercebi-me que as páginas fluíam, ao início a justificação foi simples: era um escritor Indiano a escrever sobre um médico português no século XIX, 1898. Era um livro de época a falar de Santo António, sardinhas, noivas, manjericos e tradições antigas, tão nossas. Como podia não gostar?
Depois, apesar do ritmo continuar parecido – porque ao interesse por Portugal neste século, esmiuçado pelo tal Kunal ...more
O Dr António Henrique Maria partiu de Lisboa para a China em busca da cura para a sífilis, uma doença horrorosa para a qual o único destino era a morte no final do século XIX. ...more
But all these pleasant factors were negated by the last 40 or so pages which were haphazard, confusing, pallid and pointless.
The year is 1898...
This is the story of Antonio Maria, a young, prospe ...more
The ending - which should have been a climax, is really rushed and fragmented, almost as though the writer had a list of po ...more
Engaging, well done tale that is reminiscent of reading a Ghosh novel [ : the Poppies trilogy] but set slightly later, after the opium wars, and largely in one area of China.
Fewer characters, simpler language, less detail, and overall left an impression of being less intense and satisfying than the work of Ghosh.
Lisbon, 1898: philandering surgeon Antonio Maria discovers his beloved father is dying of syphilis, scourge of both rich and poor. Determined to find a cure, Antonio sets sail for Peking to study under the renowned Dr. Xu, in the hope that traditional Chinese medicine has the answer that eludes the West. But Xu ...more
It fueled my continuing curiosity and obsession with China and its rich history; weaved an alternate world full of intrigue and danger; and was full of minuscule, intricate details. Details, which one has no way of judging if they are accurate or not, but you drown in them and their supposed a ...more
Since 2001, he has published four novels, a collection of short stories, written a few screen plays and (mostly unpublished) poetry.