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5.0 out of 5 stars The Maker of Heaven's Trousers - Daniele Vare
I've not got too much to say about this really. It's exotic, it's interesting, it's pleasingly written. It's incredibly interesting to see early 20th century peking through the eyes of a foreign dignitary. I must admit (dirty secret) i'd rather read books like this than books written originally in chinese by chinese authors, because the perspective is more my own - that...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather tedious
I bought this book because I have appreciated for many years Varè's autobiography, " The Laughing Diplomat". However, "The Maker of Heavenly Trousers" does not live up to the author's previous reputation as a witty and observant diplomat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Maker of Heaven's Trousers - Daniele Vare, 4 Aug 2013
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This review is from: The Maker of Heavenly Trousers (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
I've not got too much to say about this really. It's exotic, it's interesting, it's pleasingly written. It's incredibly interesting to see early 20th century peking through the eyes of a foreign dignitary. I must admit (dirty secret) i'd rather read books like this than books written originally in chinese by chinese authors, because the perspective is more my own - that of an outsider. I find the vague culture too difficult to grasp in the novels of the orient that I have read. This is touching, full of stories, full of immense charm. recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather tedious, 25 July 2013
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I bought this book because I have appreciated for many years Varè's autobiography, " The Laughing Diplomat". However, "The Maker of Heavenly Trousers" does not live up to the author's previous reputation as a witty and observant diplomat.
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