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The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell
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Jun 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, ebook

This book starts with a grizzly murder... then goes on to essentially be another book entirely. I read it not too long after I read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study In Scarlet, and the books have a similar feeling - like you're going along reading one book, then all of a sudden it's another. The two stories are tenuously related, but only enough to give an excuse to shove them into the same book.

I don't want to give too much away, but the most interesting parts of the book have nothing to do with the murder mystery part of the book. I was fascinated by the the way the book addressed the contrast between idealism among European socialists and the intensity of Chinese communism. Interestingly, after reading the book, I started noticing articles about Chinese influence in Africa everywhere. It was uncanny.

It's a fascinating book, but don't go into it expecting a mystery novel.

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