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The Rose Crossing

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Escaping a ship’s mutiny with his stowaway daughter, 17th-century naturalist Edward Popple is cast ashore on an uncharted island in the Indian Ocean—where he must face the monster of baser instincts: lust, greed, and deception.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by The Overlook Press (first published June 1st 1996)
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I've given it 4 stars because it's a good story, a good tale woven around some historical facts, but not always good writing ~ the character Rosamund to me is underdeveloped, and why go and spoil a great tale with wanton sexual aerobics in a hammock?. Otherwise I loved the questing / exploration themes; Lou Lu the Ming eunuch for his politics and Popple for his black rose obsession. The ending came about too quickly with somewhat pat resolutions to certain characters but if not for the hammock s ...more
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Born Robert Nicholas Jose in London, England, to Australian parents, Nicholas Jose grew up mostly in Adelaide, South Australia. He was educated at the Australian National University and Oxford University. He has traveled extensively, particularly in China, where he worked from 1986 to 1990. He was President of Sydney PEN from 2002 to 2005 and currently holds the Chair of Creative Writing at the Un ...more
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