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Jade: A Novel of China
by Pat Barr
Spanning forty of the nineteenth century's most turbulent years, JADE captures the rich variety of the Celestial Empire: the harsh formality and exotic sensuality of a traditional Chinese household, the bleak puritanism of missionary outposts, the narrow-minded bigotry and social frivolity of the Westernized treaty ports, the pioneer's rewards and risks of trading up the Y ...more
Hardcover, 597 pages
Published August 1st 1982 by St Martins Press
(first published 1982)
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Jan 12, 2014 Karla rated it liked it · review of another edition
Aug 25, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok · review of another edition
DNF...because zero fucks were given & life's too short to waste on boring doorstoppers. Clearly the author did her (his? their?) research, but the flat characters & stilted language doth not engage my attention. I've nibbled & pecked at this for days & the pace still crawls while I eyeball other books on my shelf.
Nope. Moving on.
Nope. Moving on.
This is a very thick 600 page novel about China during the last half of the 19th century. I almost rated it as a 4 because it is well written and seems to have been well researched. But I wouldn't recommend it to any of my friends as a good read, so therefore left it as a 3. My biggest complaint is that I didn't care for the main character or her actions. In fact, I didn't much care for any of the people in the book. What I did enjoy about it was learning more about the encroachment of foreign p ...more
EXCELLENT BOOK!AUTHOR WRITRS TREMENDOUSLY WELL, MAKING U FEEL AS IF THE CHARACTERS ARE ACTUALLY REAL PPL WHOM U KNOW INTIMATELY! Especially the main character, Alice Greenwood, aka- "Uncut Jade" to the Chinese. Amazing how well he writes about China! A lot of very horrible, inhumane, cruel things happen to Jade & her brother as children by the Chinese, however, it's these ppl they most relate to & understand years later, instead of their own kind-the white ppl. A terrific novel! Very inf ...more
Sep 08, 2008 Lynnell rated it liked it
Recommended to Lynnell by: my husband found it at his grandpa's house
This book was hard to get through, I just read it every now and then, not a page turner for sure. It was very interesting, and I learned a lot about China, but it is an English girls view of China having grown up there in the late 1800's (her dad was a missionary). You can tell it was written in the 1980's if that makes any sense. Probably wouldn't recommend it, there are lots of other books out there that are better.
I really enjoyed this historical novel set in an extremely turbulent time in China's long history. The heroine, Alice, also called Uncut Jade, is an unconventional woman during times when unconventional women were not treated very well. Her story of trying to make it by herself was as interesting as the times that she lived in. Well worth the effort of almost 600 pages!
I read this book about 15 years ago and it has never left me. It took me quite a while to find it again. I must say, it is one of the very best books I have ever read on China. It's historical fiction and I can't recommend it highly enough. It is truly a classic.