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All the Tea in China [Paperback]

Kyril Bonfiglioli
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29 Oct 1991
Inspired by a shotgun-blast in the seat of his breeches, young Karli Van Cleer quits his native Holland to seek his fortune. All The Tea In China follows his perilous journey across the globe, as Karli is confronted by mountainous seas, high-piled plates of curry and the ferocious penalties of the Articles of War. En route he acquires some interesting diseases, a fortune, and a wife almost as good as new. And changes his name to Mortdecai. Addicts and newcomers alike will revel in this lusty tale of an ancestor of Charlie Mortdecai who helped make Britain great - for a price.
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Black Spring Press Ltd; New edition edition (29 Oct 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948238151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948238154
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kyril Bonfiglioli was born in 1928 of an English mother and Italo-Slovene father. A former professional soldier and Oxford graduate, he worked as an art dealer before writing five novels in the 1970s including the deliciously funny The Mordecai Trilogy. He died in Jersey in 1985. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars As funny as boiled ice 29 Jun 2000
Well, I must say this fellow wrote too few books and those he finished are hidden gems. Jewels that could have travelled on the same boats from the exotic locations he describes. If you enjoy fun, food and tireless language read it. What I wonder is the collective noun for words. I know! A concussion of words!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully nasty 16 Oct 2001
Every bit as funny, grotesque, charming, cynical and daring as the Mortdecai Trilogy, this rip-roaring historical tale of an ancestor of the Hon Charlie's adventures in the opium trade is absolutely perfect. A real long-lost classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book is definitely one of the ten books I would take to a desert island.
It is a book centered on a personal journey... but it plays on two levels: it is the inner journey of self discovery and rites of passage into manhood of our main character, and it is also a tongue in cheek tale of travel and adventure. A kind of Heart of darkness with more heart and less darkness.
The book reminds us of the stuff empires thrived on: commerce without a heart, people who are larger than life, emotional friendships, self mockery, debauchery, selfishness, peril where you least expect it, redemption when you least expect it, and lots of carefree energy. All this conveyed in a racy yet delightful style.
The reader will be jumping from cockney dinners to life at sea, from the cobbled streets of London to the exotic shores of Asia, from dealing in fine porcelain to the opium trade, in a narrative flow that makes it hard to put the book down.
A classic. I only wish the author had written more books.
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