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Fortune Cookie by Bryce Courtenay
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Apr 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012

If I can be brutally honest I have to say I didn't enjoy Fortune Cookie as much as some of Bryce Courtenay's other books.

The blurb sounded great so I had high hopes.

If I was to divide the book into thirds, I would say the first and third part was outstanding, so rich in history but I found the middle third lacked.

It seemed to jump around a lot so was a little confusing.

But on saying that the book is wonderfully researched and goes into a lot of Chinese history.

The Gold rush in Australia, the Opium Wars, sex slavery is all covered as well as the Vietnam War and Chinese cultural traditions.

I did find the historical aspect of the book wonderful but I do think it was a little too long. It could have been trimmed down a little.

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