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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining insight into modern China
An entertaining, well-written crime novel, with interesting insights into modern China for the armchair traveller. The author doesn't make the mistake of lecturing the reader, but shows something of China and its political past and present, weaving the politics and culture into the narrative, using a light touch with deft characterisation. Contemporary Chinese writing is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars more a family drama than a mystery story
Many detective stories seek to balance the back story and everyday life of the detective with the investigation and the resolution of the mystery. In most cases, the balance veers towards the mystery element of the story, with the main character's personal life and history taking a back seat. In The Eye of Jade, Diane Wei Liang reverses this balance. The story mostly...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining insight into modern China, 6 Jun. 2009
This review is from: The Eye of Jade (Paperback)
An entertaining, well-written crime novel, with interesting insights into modern China for the armchair traveller. The author doesn't make the mistake of lecturing the reader, but shows something of China and its political past and present, weaving the politics and culture into the narrative, using a light touch with deft characterisation. Contemporary Chinese writing is all too often ignored by Western readers - and that is a great loss. It's a weekend read, and makes no pretence at being great literature.
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3.0 out of 5 stars more a family drama than a mystery story, 14 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: The Eye of Jade (Hardcover)
Many detective stories seek to balance the back story and everyday life of the detective with the investigation and the resolution of the mystery. In most cases, the balance veers towards the mystery element of the story, with the main character's personal life and history taking a back seat. In The Eye of Jade, Diane Wei Liang reverses this balance. The story mostly focuses on the main character, Mei Wang, and her relationship to her mother and sister, and the family's murky past tied up in the Cultural Revolution. As such, the mystery element to the story is largely a plot device to enable the family history and present relations to be examined. As a result, the investigation is a little thin and sketchy, with a somewhat quick and weak resolution. This is, however, compensated to a degree by some nice characterisation, especially Mei Wang as a strong willed woman who is a little out of sync and place with Chinese social norms, and nice contextualisation with respect to life in Beijing, Chinese culture and values, family relationships, and China's recent past. Overall, a detective story that needed a little more focus on the mystery element, but nonetheless an interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful...Yet again, 4 May 2008
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Having read A Lake With No Name i was really interested to see Wei Liangs attempt at fiction...i was not disappointed. A gripping tale which had me hooked from the first to last page, tells the story of Mei and illegal private detective living in China after the cultural revolution. this at first appears to be a typical detective story but as the story unfolds we see that it has more to do with Wei and her family than is originally thought. What i found most interesting and wondferful about this novel are the paralles between Mei and Diane Wei Liang. From reading A Lake With No Name i was able to see how much of herself Wei Liang had poured into Mei, not onyl personality but also her home life. Fantastic author & a fantiastic story!! Bravo!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 25 Jun. 2007
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A subtle and spellbinding and ultimately moving story that explains a lot about China today. It is a detective story but quite unlike most detective stories.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, this one's worth giving a miss, 4 July 2008
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I enjoy books about China and enjoy crime writing, but unfortunately this one is shallow, dull and uninspired. Dubbed by one critic as a "Bridget Jones" in modern China book, apart from being a singleton with a chip on her shoulder, there is no romance. As for the bridges between modern and old China that this book supposedly traverses, this is not a book that taught me anything useful. And as for the protagonist's red Mitsubishi, given to her by her more successful sister, so what? Must the car be referred to umpteen times?
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