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Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (36 of 43)
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My Life and Loves by Frank Harris
My Life and Loves by Frank Harris
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this autobiography as I wanted some light reading, very possibly spurred by memories of my youth when this book was banned. In fact, it is a tragedy that Frank Harris is best-known for the alleged smuttiness of his work. Unlike the anonymous "My secret life", whose author was a sex-addict, paedophile, and frequent user of prostitutes, Frank Harris' early sexual life (I haven't yet read the other four volumes of his autobiography) is pretty standard for our times; he clearly liked the company of his many amoureuses, who responded with physical and sexual passion. He foreswore the use of prostitutes and his female partners respond to his sexuality with love and reciprocity… Read more
ROSA by Zielfa B. Maslin
ROSA by Zielfa B. Maslin
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book tells the life story of Rosa, a Philippina domestic help who works for a number of wealthy families, in particular a chinese family in Singapore, and then an English family, the Andersons, in Sussex, England, an area of the UK which Zielfa Maslin clearly knows well. This is a world which many of us know little about, as another reviewer has commented, and Ms Maslin describes it with clarity and sensitivity. The heroine seems extraordinarily long-suffering, and at the same time is fortunate in finding a very decent and generous English family.

Why only four stars? Firstly - presumably the responsibility of Kindle rather than the author - the proofreading is not… Read more
My Splendid Concubine by Lloyd Lofthouse
My Splendid Concubine by Lloyd Lofthouse
I've given this book only three stars because, regrettably, the Kindle versiobn is marred by multiple proof-reading errors (more below). In addition, Lloyd Lofthouse describes finding, in a remote part of Shanghai, an old Red Guard archive on Robert Hart lisiting his vices and I expected the book to be at least documentary fiction.

It describes Robert Hart's early life (later he became the Inspector General of the Qing dynasty's Customs) and the split between his religious upbringing and his strong sexual needs. So far so good. I had always understood that he had purchased Ayaou, his concubine, in a local market, and I'm still not clear if the second concubine actually existed,… Read more