- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Picador; First Edition edition (6 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330447726
- ISBN-13: 978-0330447720
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Eye of Jade Hardcover – 6 Apr 2007
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Its hardly surprising that this beautifully turned novel about a strong-willed Chinese woman working as a private investigator in Beijing is such a delight: the cachet that accompanies most novels published by Picador is usually in place: as it most certainly is with Diane Wei Liangs The Eye of Jade. What makes the novel particularly interesting is its refusal to be slotted into any one genre: its a literary novel, undoubtedly (the publishers imprint guarantees that); its also a crime novel, pushing satisfactorily most of the buttons that we expect in that field. And its a comedy: the sardonic humour involving the heroines fraught relations with those around her are perfectly judged. Mei, the protagonist, is an investigator. A friend of her mother, known as Uncle Chen, asks her to track down a Han-dynasty jade that vanished from a museum during the terrible upheavals of the Cultural Revolution. Was the jade a victim of the brutal, philistine Red Guards, ruthlessly shattering the great legacies of the past? Or are more complex subterfuges involved? As Mei digs deeper, she begins to unravel a series of labyrinthine mysteries some with resonances even within her own family. Detective fiction is a much-plundered genre, both by genre practitioners and those with more literary aims and its the latter writers who are more likely to come a cropper when attempting to reinvent the standard tropes of the field. But Diane Wei Liang avoids all such pitfalls. This is a provocative, intriguing and accomplished piece of writing. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This gripping account of a female gumshoes's search for a Han dynasty artefact in modern Beijing is part thriller and part analysis of the city's past and present. --High LifeSee all Product Description
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