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Manchu (Imperial China #2)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  8 reviews
This novel transports the reader back to the savagery and the passion, to the opulence and sensuality, and to the great adventure of the last days of a dying dynasty.
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published 1980 by Mcgraw-Hill
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Aug 22, 2014 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: china
This was a really well-written novel of the Manchu takeover of China (spoiler alert, the Manchu win) that does well to bring the reader into not only the intricacies of the Ming and Manchu courts, but also into the culture and history of the times. It's an interesting point of view, to put the reader into the mind and heart of Francis Arrowsmith, an English artilleryman, who is assisting the Jesuit Mission to China. The story is told almost entirely from the point of Catholic characters, giving ...more
Melody K Bienfang
The story was fantastic. The detail extensive. Easy to love, hate and connect to the characters.
I read it in School. Picked it up at random from the school library shelves and was hooked. It was a rollicking good yarn. I learned a bit more about Chinese culture and felt enriched. Of course this was before the internet and growing up in India where you idea of Chinese culture would be Bruce Lee and Hong Kong Martial Arts films.
A short review;

- Overall a good book
- Interesting description of China during the Ming Dynasty
- Missing parts in the storyline that in my opinion could've made it better
- Some parts seem superfluous
- Probably more fun to read while in China (due to references)
Jaime Contreras
Throw in soem passion, great battle scenes and a look into the mystery and intrigue of the royal Chinese court, and you have a winner. I enjoyed this tale of old China through the eyes of an Englishman.
Marius van Blerck
May 12, 2010 Marius van Blerck marked it as to-read
I placed this book on my "to read" list solely on the basis of Spike Milligan's observation that "All men eat, but Fu Manchu".
Elsa Binder
I picked this book up at random in the high school library shelves. I still remember what a good read it was.
Thom Dunn
(My copy has no dj....Assume this is same book as the pb pictured above.}
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