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  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (31 May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140115420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140115420
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,700,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 18 May 2011
Format: Paperback
A trilling adventure of mystery and intrigue built around meticulously researched history of the period. This is a historical novel of the fall of T'ang Dynasty in the 8th century CE. Focuses on intrigue and plotting, murder and the waning fortunes of the various luminaries of the period in Imperial China of the time. Absorbing, thrilling and at times strongly erotic-it captures the many faceted life of ancient China. We follow the evil machination of Lin Lin-fu the Prime Minister to the weak Emperor Minghuang, whose reign of terror is opposed by Kao Li-Shih, the Emperor's Chief Eunuch. Also playing his part in this puzzle is the ruthless and vulgar barbarian general from the north, An Lu Shi and the fascinating consourt to the Emperor, Lady Wu.
It is a captivating read and toure de force into the colourful, fascinating and sometimes violent world of 8th century Imperial China.
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By Jayarava on 11 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
This novel is quite well written and wonderfully historically accurate, but I found that because none of the main characters are very likeable that it palled. There is no hero, and though it is an interesting period, this means that it's like reading a fictionalised history, rather than the best historical fiction which uses the historical period as a backdrop for an entertaining story. So all credit to the authors, but I didn't enjoy reading it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Real history, fictional format 12 Dec. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most incredible historical novels I have ever read. The sheer deviousness of the intrigue, the twists and turns of the plot, and the settings (both glorious and decadent) keep you glued to it, but remembering that most of the content is taken from historical fact is frosting on the cake. Cooney and Altieri do a remarkable job of taking actual historical events (and you would be surprised at how many of the events are actually historical!) and filling in the gaps with well-written prose to make each and every character come to life with personalities and motivations that explain it all. One of my all-time favorites!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
brings a lost world to life 9 Oct. 2000
By K. Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a complex and well written novel. Set at the end of the T'ang dynasty (AD738)in China it shows how the dynasty fell. Virtually all the charcters in the novel are based on historical people and the society as laid out in the novel is obviously based on a lot of research. It involves death, deception, loyalty and dishonour - and the founding of Korea as a penal state for political dissidents. (shades of Australia!)
This is not a quick book to read (it's quite big at 920 pages). However at the end you marvel at the author's ability to portray so well a world so long gone. Esecially when you consider that the authors are from "the west" and not China.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A amazing view into a very rich Chinese history 7 July 2000
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read this book a total of four times since my mother bought me this book. The description of the T'ang city is extremely rich and very colorful and the characters are very wonderful to read.. To put it simply, it is about several characters who struggles to save the T'ang dynasty from corruption from within. If you're looking for a very good drama/mystery book, I strongly recommend you to hunt this book down, because it is worth the time to read..
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A trilling adventure of mystery and intrigue 18 May 2011
By Gary Selikow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A trilling adventure of mystery and intrigue built around meticulously researched history of the period. This is a historical novel of the fall of T'ang Dynasty in the 8th century CE. Focuses on intrigue and plotting, murder and the waning fortunes of the various luminaries of the period in Imperial China of the time. Absorbing, thrilling and at times strongly erotic-it captures the many faceted life of ancient China. We follow the evil machination of Lin Lin-fu the Prime Minister to the weak Emperor Minghuang, whose reign of terror is opposed by Kao Li-Shih, the Emperor's Chief Eunuch. Also playing his part in this puzzle is the ruthless and vulgar barbarian general from the north, An Lu Shi, adn the fascinating Lady Wu.
It is a captivating read and toure de force into the colourful, fascinating and sometimes violent world of 8th century Imperial China.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1200 YEARS AGO IN CHINA . . . 6 April 2007
By J. D. Fung - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The characters in this book are not just your ordinary people. They are one of the Tang Dynasty's greatest emperors, Tang Minghuang, and the court beauty, Consort Yang Guifei, who gained control of his court in his later years. It is the story of An Lushan, the "barbarian" from the north they 'adopted', who eventually attacked the dynasty. Included in the story are some of China's most famous artists and poets (Li Bai, and Tu Fu), and other notable personages of the time. This well-researched novel brings Chinese history alive in a compelling story of love, intrigue, deception, dissipation. It is a worthy read on many levels.
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