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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,688 ratings  ·  188 reviews
China, 1923. De Parijse schilderes Elvira Aranda arriveert in Shanghai. Revolutionairen hebben net de republiek uitgeroepen en de laatste keizer zit opgesloten in de Verboden Stad. Elvira is naar Shanghai gekomen om er zaken af te handelen van haar overleden echtgenoot - en ontdekt dat hij torenhoge schulden heeft nagelaten. Nog slecht één waardevol voorwerp resteert, een ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published 2009 by Wereldbibliotheek (first published December 1st 2006)
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OK, so some spoilers contained in the rant below, so on the off chance you intend to read it, maybe look at some reviews better than my 2 stars!

So there are some things going for this book - set in 1920s China, it is an interesting period, and the factual information contained in the novel is interesting and from what I could tell all accurate.
However there are number of problems for me, and as is often the case with a translated book, I don't know where the fault lies - author or translator.
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english
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Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me ages to finish it even if it's not that long. I just couldn't bring myself to read it at times. I won't say it's bad because it isn't. It's a good old-fashioned adventure story like Indiana Jones with clearly defined archetypes (heroine, sidekick, shady fellow & bad guys). The setting is remarkable and well described and made to look and feel grandiose, the way it should be. The story is fairly predictable, not even the plot twist near the end is surprising, you could see it coming a ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Todo Bajo el Cielo follows Elvira de Poulain, a Madrid-born, Paris-based painter, who travels to China following news of her husband's death in Shanghai. Upon arrival she realises that his opium addiction has left her with a great number of debts, she finds herself engaging on an adventure for the only reasonable way out of the predicament: find and sack the tomb of Qin Shi Huang.

The story is set in 1920s China, and that is a lovely setting that I definitely haven't read enough of. There is a ve
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything Under the Sky has been sitting in my bookcase since 2011 - 9 years! I have a tendency of skipping over hardcover books when I'm deciding which book to read next, and why the 9- year wait! I’m determined to stop doing that and get those books read!

If you are interested in an Indian Jones style type of story that takes place in China in the 1920’s with a 40 something year old woman, this book could be for you. Elvira is the main character, her 17-year-old niece, an Irish reporter, a loc
Monica Villas Boas
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Carmen  María Pérez
An excellent novel set in 1920s China, with an astounding amount of Chinese history into 457 pages. The meticulous references to culture, literature, and legends enrich the novel and never make it exhausting. Elvira De Poulain, a Spanish painter living in Paris, travels to Shanghai with her niece, Fernanda, and faces a colossal staggering debt in her efforts to sort out her murdered husband’s messy affairs of gambling, prostitutes, and opium. Elvira needs to decipher the clues in an antique ches ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! It had great characters, memorable setting, and exciting plot. I loved Elvira, the main character of the book. She reminded myself of me so many times throughout the book, just in the things she said or thought, and in her constant surprise in herself, and of all the brave things she was accomplishing. Another thing I really like about the book is that the author tied up all the loose ends at the end of the book, and allowed the reader to see how the lives of the characters ende ...more
Vivienne Raffaele
You may find spoilers in this review but I don’t feel too guilty because the plot is sadly predictable. Read no further if you're worried I may ruin it for you!
Matilde Asensi is a gifted writer but this book was rather a disappointment. It was a pleasant enough read but felt distinctly like the screenplay for an Indiana Jones film, with the inevitable ninjas, buried treasure, underground tomb, enigmas and final flight before the whole complex collapses. All the required ingredients have been in
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, china, murder
The clashing of cultures of that period in time in China makes for a really interesting background. I loved it and I'm now trying to find some more novels of that time period.

The story itself is entertaining, a little Indiana Jones, but I still enjoyed it.
Myrna Lara
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Excellent, I enjoyed reading this book, as all her books very well written, love the characters
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is good if you like childish adventures.
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great book !
I liked most that this mystery and historical fiction novel was a great pretext for presenting the real China's cultural heritage, built on a millennial tradition. The story is also not too bad (but also not extraordinary), but for me the background was the most important.

I thought a lot regarding what it is the actual premise behind this novel, as I did not want to settle with the one that seemed obvious "hypochondria is treated by pursuing a dangerous adventure". I dismissed as well the other
*****Scorri per recensione in inglese*****

Two Spanish ladies, a very mismatched couple of travel companions, comes to the mysterious China of the XX century and gets involved in a millenial intrigue to find out a legendary treasure...I thought that was a nice start, but in the end I am not that satisfied.
The adventure is structured as an old-style pattern: find some clue-solve the enigma/face the enemies/overcome the difficulties-travel to the next clue, but this is not necessarily a bad thing:
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes Books

Fast as the wind, slow as the forest, swift and devastating as fire, still as the mountain

Why I read this book?

This book was recommended to me by my aunt. She loved it so much that it inspired her to visit China.

What's the book about?

In the early 1920s Elvira receives a letter informing her that her husband has died in Shanghai. Accompanied by her niece, Fernanda, she travels to China only to discover that he didn't died out of sickness but most likel
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An old-fashioned treasure hunt peppered with brainy challenges celebrates China’s multifaceted history and culture. In 1923 expatriate Spanish painter Elvira Aranda leaves France, her teenage niece Fernanda in tow, when word arrives of her husband’s death in Shanghai. Unfortunately, Rémy died horribly in debt, leaving Elvira destitute and in trouble. Then a mysterious chest concealing the location of the First Emperor’s treasure-laden secret tomb propels them on a madcap adventure, accompanied b ...more
Wow. I really enjoyed this book. Set in the 1930's in China, it is the story of a Parisian widow who has come to China to settle the affairs of her recently deceased and long-estranged husband. But interesting objects and stories are coming out... stories of the first emperor and the riches in his long-lost tomb. With the debts of the deceased husband hanging over her head, she faces the reality that she must go along on the search for the tomb to free herself from the creditors at her heels. Bu ...more
May 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Set during the nineteen twenties, Elvira De Poulain, a Spanish expatriate living in France, is a semi-successful painter who receives word that her estranged husband, now running the family textile business in China, has died and that she must make appropriate funeral arrangements. Although she has not seen him in a number of years she decides to go to Shanghai to retrieve his body and claim her share of his worldly goods. Once she arrives she finds herself immersed in an underworld of gangsters ...more
Evie Maiolo
An enjoyable adventure story, set in the 1920's. At one point, the adventure reminded me of an Indiana Jones movie, with its combination of action, history, riddles, and danger.

Elvira and her niece travel to China to sort out the estate of her murdered husband. They discover a mysterious box of artefacts in his home, which leads them into an adventure to find the map which will reveal the location of the Tomb of the First Emperor, and all its riches.

This book is full of historical detail and im
If you are interested in Chinese culture and history more than me (I was only fascinated by the Taoism parts), you'd probably love this book. Coming off a series of historical mysteries, I kept expecting some twists but was disappointed since this is only an "adventure" novel. However, it is a great book for a one- or two-day read and a fairly enjoyable story. The descriptions and atmosphere were beautiful and believable. I thought the translation (I read the English version) was quite good; onl ...more
Juan Rivera
In the world there are people who see others as objects to have a good time, enjoy and be maintained without working.

But what happens when they realize that everything was a lie?

In the novel "All under heaven" by Matilde Asensi, this is exactly what happens.

And you realize that until you have a challenge, you don't grow, yo don't improve.

A China novel with a story developed in 1923, under the guise of teaching us how the first emperor's tomb was discovered, this is a good time to learn more of t
Stephanie Moore
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sold
Over all, this book was an enjoyable read. It was interesting getting to see the different aspects of Chinese culture.

I knocked two stars off for a couple of reasons: the repetition of events by the narrator (Elvira), got really annoying, really quickly. The second reason is that the characters were profoundly annoying for the first half or so of the book to the point that I almost abandoned this book.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was mostly impress by the level of knowledge of the author about the history and history of China. The characters are not very complex although they have their own voices. I like the style of writing of the author, it is written in Castellano (not Spanish LOL). I liked the book I gave it a 4 Stars because the end was anticlimactic. congratulations to the author and I am looking forward to read more books by her.
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Debra by: book club
I thought the beginning of this book was great. I couldn't wait to go on the journey to discover the lost tomb of the first Emperor of China. Unfortunately I felt the quest for the tomb was tedious and I was not interested in the historical fiction about China. It was somewhat of a struggle for me to get through the book. ...more
Jul 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good read. having just visited China and learned a bit of it's history, I wanted to read this. It's focal point of locating the tomb of the first Chinese emperor (he who built the Great Wall and did up the Terra Cotta Warriors) is a bit far fetched, but it was an adventure well-written and researched. ...more
Jul 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am traveling vicariously through books. An independent artist who lives in France in the 1920s learns that her husband (marriage of financial convenience for both) has died in China. She travels to China to handle his estate, only to learn that he was bankrupt. She, her niece, a servant, and a wise-old-man travel across China to locate the burial place of the First Emperor.
May 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad adventure novel...somewhat predictable and pat.... A little bit "raiders of the lost arc". Suffers greatly from a rather clunky translation from the original Spanish. Still, the Chinese setting and subsequent history lesson made it worthwhile. Any local friends want to read it, I would be glad to pass on this paper copy. ...more
Aug 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of the book sounds interesting, but that's about all I'd give it. It wasn't terrible, it's just that it was not written well at all. The characters were too stiff and predictable. The historical and cultural information was mildly interesting and much of it sounded made up to fit the story. ...more
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Matilde Asensi (born 1962 in Alicante, Spain) is a Spanish journalist and writer, who specializes mainly in historical thrillers.

She has more than 20 million readers worldwide and has become the reference of quality bests-sellers in Spanish language. According to the magazine Que Leer she is the ‘Queen of the adventure novels’.

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