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In the Fabled East

3.18  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
From one of Canada’s best young voices comes a sweeping literary adventure set against the backdrop of French Indochina.

Paris, 1909: Adélie Tremier, a young widow suffering the final stages of tuberculosis, flees for French-occupied Indochina, through the lush forests of Laos, to seek out a fabled spring of immortality that might allow her to return to her nine-year-old so
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Douglas & McIntyre (first published 2010)
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Shonna Froebel
Dec 16, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it liked it
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This is the second novel by this author, and it follows two main characters from France into Indo-China. Pierre Lazarie goes to Saigon in 1936, fresh from a degree at the Sorbonne. He has a fascination for the East and thinks this will be good to explore as he awaits an opportunity to teach at the Sorbonne. However, his plans take an abrupt turn when Captain Emanuel Tremier asks for assistance in tracking down his mother Adelie who left France for Saigon in 1909 and never returned. Pierre is ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Tami rated it did not like it
I gave up on this one after almost 180 pages. I really don't like giving up on a book, but I gave it my best shot..this one just felt like it was going nowhere, and I have a huge TBR pile!

My primary issue with this one is the matter-of-fact feel of the writing, which renders the characters very one-dimensional and practically impossible to get to know or like. This is particularly problematic because this novel is about one women's life and her son's attempt to find her years later in Vietnam,
Nov 06, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 10, 2011 Lucinda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian-fiction
This novel has a distinct dream-like quality to it, based in part on the perspectives of the different characters being either delusional, incredibly naive or ignorant and to the way Schroeder brilliantly interweaves the fantastical and the real. It follows one character Pierre Lazarie as he searches through French Indochina for a woman who mysteriously disappeared in 1909 named Adelie Tremier. Schroeder is masterful in his ability to present all the Orientalisms of the different periods in all ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Shawn rated it really liked it
In the Fabled East is awesome. It is a combination of an historical novel about Laos and surrounding environment, plus magical realism.
What can I tell you about the plot? I shouldn't.
There's a mother and son in the past, then there's someone more recently who get's stationed over there who begins looking into the past, and finds an interesting story that could not possibly have happened. The author goes into that story and it really gets interesting.

Reality is always part of reading. I am visiti
Dec 16, 2012 Terrill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a book I would have picked to read by its subject, but I was at a reading by the author and his amazing voice, involvement in his story, the background made me buy it and read it all myself. I am so glad I did. The characters take you along and the story is of a place and time that I am glad I visited.
Michelle Hutchinson
Jul 04, 2013 Michelle Hutchinson rated it did not like it
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I couldn't push myself to finish this book. Made it a quarter of the way through. The story has potential; however, I found the writing to be long winded and I quickly lost interest each time I tried to restart.
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Just can't get into this one - the writing style is totally throwing me off.
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Adam Lewis Schroeder grew up in Vernon BC and completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia in 1999. He has since traveled widely and published stories in more than a dozen journals and anthologies. In 2001 his short fiction collection Kingdom of Monkeys was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award. His novel Empress of Asia was published by Raincoast in 2006 and Thomas ...more
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