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The Bitter Tea of General Yen: Vintage Movie Classics

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
The groundbreaking novel that was the basis for Frank Capra’s strange, shocking drama starring Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther.

Traveling to Shanghai to marry her medical missionary fiancé, the beautiful Megan Davis finds herself caught in the toils of civil war between Republican and Communist forces. Determined to save the inhabitants of an orphanage in a Communist-oc
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1930)
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Cphe
Sep 27, 2014 Cphe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can remember seeing the movie as a young girl and being caught up in the romanticism of the movie and the relationship between General Yen and the young Megan Davis. I was very happy to see it made available for kindle and hence have the chance to read the book.

Let me start off by saying that this story is not a romance as I am used to reading. This is more of a story about magnetism and fascination. Megan Davis is a young American woman who journeys to China in the 1920's to marry her mission
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Cphe
Aug 09, 2016 Cphe rated it it was amazing
I can remember seeing the movie as a young girl and being caught up in the romanticism of the movie and the relationship between General Yen and the young Megan Davis. I was very happy to see it made available for kindle and hence have the chance to read the book.

Let me start off by saying that this story is not a romance as I am used to reading. This is more of a story about magnetism and fascination. Megan Davis is a young American woman who journeys to China in the 1920's to marry her mission
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Christine Sinclair
Nov 12, 2015 Christine Sinclair rated it really liked it
This novel became part of film history. The movie version was the first film shown at Radio City Music Hall. It starred Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther, directed by Frank Capra (totally different from his Capra-corn classics). The story is intriguing - revolutionary China during the twenties as seen through the eyes of a young American woman, who is there to marry her fiancée. The writing ranges from harsh to ethereal, and the action draws you in. I was somewhat disappointed with the ending, ...more
Vicky
Jan 20, 2015 Vicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here was a little gem of a book, written in a smart, compact language. The history of the 20th century China was reflected through the short interaction between the last Chinese warlord and the naïve young European woman. The whole future of this nation was changing through the turmoil of war, while a thousand year history of this country was always a reminder why the Western world struggles to understand it. The book that was written long time ago manages to feel as a modern contemporary ...more
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Grace Zaring Stone (January 9, 1891 – September 29, 1991) was an American novelist and short story writer. She is perhaps best known for having three of her novels made into films: The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Winter Meeting, and Escape. She also used the pseudonym of Ethel Vance.

Stone was the great-great-granddaughter of Robert Owen. Her mother died in her childhood. She started writing in St.
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