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Epic, tender, brutal. THE WOMAN WHO LOST CHINA by Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang is a historical novel about China that deals with little people at the mercy of forces greater than themselves.

It is 1949 and the Chinese Republic is collapsing under Mao Tse Tung’s communist onslaught. Manying, distressed and frightened and unsure of the fate of her soldier husband, must flee Nanjing
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Paperback, 356 pages
Published June 15th 2013 by Open Books (first published May 3rd 2013)
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Kathy
Jul 15, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it
When I read a really good historical fiction set in a specific locale, I tend to choose more books set in the same place (just look at my Where Am I Reading map, poor England is almost covered). A couple of years ago, I could not get enough of China. Of course, I moved on, but when I saw this book on Library Thing, with its beautiful cover, I decided to revisit the country.

Readers are introduced to Manying in the first pages. Her situation was very urgent and I was immediately wrapped up in her
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Carolina
Sep 29, 2013 Carolina rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes Books

Why I read this book?

I got this book with the LybraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review. I asked for the book since I really loved books settled in places I've never been to visit them in my mind (for now)

What's the book about?

The book tells us the story Wen Manying, a woman born in the early 1890's right before the first Sino-Japanese War in continental China. Through her life, she will be witness of War, Revolution and Ex
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DubaiReader
Aug 17, 2013 DubaiReader rated it liked it
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Interesting title and an eye-catching cover.

Unfortunately the book didn't quite do justice to its title and cover. There was a lot of switching about time-wise and the book lacked a feeling of continuity.

When we meet Manying, in 1949, she is hurriedly escaping from her hometown of Nanjing with her baby son. She catches the last train out of Nanjing, to exile in Hong Kong with her husband's brother. Here she lives in poverty, on the charity of her brother in law.
We follow her through the Communis
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Gayle
Jul 21, 2013 Gayle rated it liked it
I seek novels set in China and have read quite a few.
My late husband was Chinese and his family left China and
moved to Hong Kong when the Communists began their
takeover of the country.
I was thrilled when I was selected as an early reader by
Library Things. It took me longer than usual to read this book.
I blamed it on outside forces such as my schedule and my poor health.
It was only after I finished the book that I realized it was the
plodding required to get through this book that was the probl
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Gregory Heath
Nov 29, 2013 Gregory Heath rated it it was amazing
'The Woman Who Lost China' is an epic tale, stretching over more than a century and detailing the lives of a wide array of characters, their fates interweaving as personal and political circumstances shift and change. There are big themes here, of war, loss, love and betrayal, and as a fellow novelist I take my hat off to Jenkins Tsang for the scope of her storytelling and her natural talent for description. There are occasional inconsistencies in the finer details and, at one point, the ...more
Lydia Presley
Jul 13, 2013 Lydia Presley marked it as unable-to-finish
Unfortunately, this story did not work for me. I made it about 50 pages in before the choppy writing style, uncomfortable dialog, and overabundance of information being unloaded on me (and not in an interesting way) made me put the book down in disgust. I can't even rate this book because 1. I didn't finish it and 2. I'm just too apathetic at this point to care.

I am just grateful that I won this copy and that I did not shell out money. If you want to read a fantastic story about China, I'd sugge
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Christy Fearn
Aug 05, 2013 Christy Fearn rated it really liked it
'The Woman Who Lost China' is a fascinating read, spanning history and keeping the reader engrossed throughout. It is not a time period or location with which I am familiar, but I could almost smell the railway carriages and taste the food.
Manying's journey through time and distance bridges the events that link the Imperial days of footbinding to modern Communism, whilst describing the realities of war with Japan and the plight of Chinese Christians. A really well researched novel that engages a
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Lorraine
Aug 02, 2013 Lorraine rated it liked it
I enjoy books about different cultures, Chinese culture in particular. I also like books that teach me about different eras. I found both in this book. This book tells the story of how war and political unrest affected the lives of the protagonist Manying and those close to her. The author expertly weaves the tale through most of the book. I felt that the "surprise twist" at the end of the book both improbable and unnecessary. But overall, I enjoyed the book and look forward to what this author ...more
Lesli
Sep 10, 2013 Lesli rated it it was ok
This novel fails to deliver. The writing drags. The time shifts are choppy. The info dumps are painful. If the inspiration for this author is Amy Tan, she has a lot of room to improve. **This was an advanced reader copy won through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.**
Judie
Jun 18, 2013 Judie rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book and can't find anything positive to say about it. The writing was choppy at the beginning making it difficult to understand the first few pages and then it became stilted. The characters were wooden and the situations unbelievable. I can't recommend this book.
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A good read for me. Love, passion, intrigue and betrayal against the backdrop if Chinese history.
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Rhiannon was born and educated in Yorkshire. As a young person she spent a lot of time in Europe, and speaks French, German and Spanish, as well as Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese. She read Chinese at Oxford and made her first trip to China, via Karachi and Islamabad, at the age of nineteen. She found a silent, black and white country largely abandoned since 1949, and a traumatised people emerging ...more
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