3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
youth and decay,
This review is from: The North China Lover (Flamingo original) (Paperback)
This is a wonderful re-work of her earlier novel, The Lover. Very sad, the story describes a youth, coming of age, that is set in a deteriorating colonial situation in Vietnam as well as a family in a crisis of addiction and mental illness. In the larger context, you really get a feeling for what it was like to live there then, as well as of the Asian and French colonial mentalities. In contrast to many contemporary French novels, which I usually find very difficult to understand given their willful obscurantism, while exotics the characters are very real and easy to identify with.