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Midnight in Peking by Paul French
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Jun 18, 2013

it was ok
Read from May 30 to June 06, 2013 , read count: 1

Eh. Interesting setting, time period, and story, but it got bogged down in dry and choppy writing.

I felt like the author misled me about the characters, which was revealed when he suddenly changed the narrative halfway through. People presented as weird and unreliable were later transformed into heroic, steadfast individuals; people presented as trustworthy and competent are later shown to be completely the opposite. In the end it was unclear to me which version to trust, or what the motivations for the contradictions may have been.

I agree with another reviewer that a fictionalized telling of her story could add a lot to the understanding of the characters, the setting, the history, etc. In the end, it's a sad story about a young life lost.

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