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Pages: 316

Language: English

Publisher: Daunt Books (21 May 2015)

By: Ann Bridge(Author)

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'A first novel of rare quality – beautiful, grave, humorous, exciting, and wise.' – Observer

Laura Leroy, wife of a British attaché, leads a divided existence, torn between her beloved home in England and diplomatic society in Peking – an ancient city of exquisite allure.

When Laura joins a group of expats on an expedition to the great monastery at Chieh T'ai Ssu, they become intoxicated by the mysterious beauty of Chinese landscape in spring (and by one another). But far from the comforting whirl of cocktails and picnic parties, they soon encounter a shocking clash that threatens the security of their newfound bond.

Set in the vanished era of 1930s Peking, this enthralling novel captures the unfamiliar thrill of a new city, the excitement of secret love, and the everlasting tension between the old and the new.

Few people can evoke the spirit of a place more vividly than Ann Bridge. --Linda KellyAlmost unmixed delight . . . It is pictorial and exciting and illuminating. --L. P. HartleyAn unusual and beautiful first novel, which leaves one thinking long after one has put it down. --Spectator


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  • By Dennis on 14 September 2017

    Great story

  • By Rata on 30 August 2011

    A good read and interesting to see how over time the anglicisation of place names has continued to alter. Beijing these days has apread out and the distances she travelled have shortened with better roads and vehicles. I liked her insights into official and social life of those times and the descriptions of the seasons in China. Diplomatic life has changed.

  • By Charlotte on 12 November 2013

    An enthralling read, with a strong story & wonderful characters; also giving a fascinating picture of a China that is now history.

  • By Mrs S Morland on 4 March 2016

    Next on my book club's list. It looks good and I think I will enjoy it, having looked through it A new author for us as I hadn't heard of her before. Now I have bought 5 of her books.

  • By Eva Garland on 17 December 2015

    Very slow to begin with, but once into it, it was very good. A detailed description of of the type of life not easily imaginable these days.

  • By CamAL on 21 September 2015

    I loved reading this book.The plot is relatively straightforward, centred round a rather unwise excursion into the hills around Peking during a time of political instability and 'warlordism'. But the novel is not so much about the events as about the development of the cast of characters, involving a number of different kinds of awakenings.In this sense the book stands in the tradition of novels from EM Forster to Carol Shields. It's about love, loyalty, sex, choices and social interaction. The lead character, Laura Leroy, is a somewhat self-contained but unconventional and strong woman, who plays a pivotal role in the awakenings of several of the other characters. She's a very well-written character, a 'modern' person in 1930s terms yet one who anchors many aspects of a conventional society.I found the portrayal of foreigners in 1930s China authentic. You won't find here the irritating and conventional tropes of post-colonial literature, but people portrayed as real people.More censorious modern readers might find some of the social mores a little disturbing, e.g. in attitudes to servants, but surely no more than in Downton Abbey. The characterisations of racial psychology (mainly in terms of French and English differences, rather than western versus Chinese) in some of the dialogue might also jar - but this *is* how people spoke at the time. Check out some DH Lawrence to find other contemporary examples.It's an authentic novel, with great characters, emotional connection and also some great passages of description. But what appeals to me most is the evident humanity and insight in the author's writing.

  • By Guest on 5 July 2016

    read as a teenager & enjoyed again

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