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Manchu Palaces: A Novel [Hardcover]

Jeanne Larsen


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Oct 1996
" A rich and nuanced portrait of eighteenth-century China...a magical book."
Delia Sherman

"Gently intriguing, brilliantly detailed...Lotus's singular story of enlightenment, involving a statue of the goddess Tara and the secret of a mandala, is the radiant center of these diversions."
Publishers Weekly

"A luminous, self-contained, fluid world in which history, legend, and religious quest create a portrait of an age- the glittering high noon of the Manchu Empire...An exemplary novelist again makes history a playful parade of personalities, period details, and ordinary people conscripted by the times."
Kirkus Review

"Both educational and thoroughly enjoyable."
Nancy Pearl, Booklist

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jeanne Larsen fell in love with Chinese poetry when she was 15 and living in Germany. After earning her M.A. in creative writing, she spent two years teaching at Tunghai University in Taiwan. That not only locked in her love for Tang dynasty poets and the world they lived in, it convinced her that, right Mom, she'd better study more. A few years of Comparative Literature later (Iowa City, USA, & Nagasaki, Japan, mostly), Jeanne started teaching at Hollins University, between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny highlands, in the Roanoke valley of Virginia.

Jeanne's latest book is WHY WE MAKE GARDENS (& OTHER POEMS). She has also published the award-winning JAMES COOK IN SEARCH OF TERRA INCOGNITA: A BOOK OF POEMS, two collections of translated poems by women of the Tang era (BROCADE RIVER POEMS and WILLOW, WINE, MIRROR, MOON), a little literary criticism, and the three novels in her "Avalokiteshvara trilogy", SILK ROAD, BRONZE MIRROR, and MANCHU PALACES. Essays, poetry, translations, and occasionally a short story all show up in (mostly U.S.) literary magazines (some print, some digital), now and then. More books in the works, of course. Right now, she's mainly happy for the Authors Guild "back in print" program, which has made the novels easily available again: same inside, maps and all, with snappy new covers to boot.

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Jeanne Larsen's books include the other two novels in her Avalokitesvara trilogy, Silk Road and Bronze Mirror, as well as James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita: a Book of Poems, Brocade Rivers Poems: Selected Works of the Tang Dynasty Courtesan Xue Tao, and Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women's Poems from Tang China. She teaches at Hollins University in Virginia. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Once more Larsen has captured the essence of Imperial China 3 Oct 1997
By Jana R. Russ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
From the hidden rooms of the Forbidden City to the dizzy heights of Taishan temples, Larsen has woven a silken tale that carries the reader into the mystery and magic of Imperial Qing China. Just as in her previous books, Silk Road and Bronze Mirror, she has again overlaid the poignant story of a young girl's coming of age with suspenseful action in the realm of the Immortals of Chinese legend. No one else can bring such a mix of myth and reality to life like she can! Her insights into Chinese thought and belief truely give her readers a chance to walk in Manchu shoes! I highly recommend Jeanne Larsen's books to Sinophiles and Fantasty lovers alike.
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