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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (27 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241950678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241950678
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliant and sensitive writer (Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans)

A fascinating, full-blooded yarn which has the reader rooting for its heroine, a kind of Chinese Moll Flanders, every inch of the way (Independent on Sunday)

A beautiful and gripping writer (Tariq Ali Independent)

About the Author

Hong Ying was born into a sailor's family in Chongqing on the Yangtze River in Southwest China. An author and poet, she began her career as a full-time writer in the early 1980s having studied creative writing at Lu Xun Creative Writing Academy and Fudan University.

She is best known in the English-speaking world for her novels: K: The Art of Love (which won the Prix de Rome in 2005), The Concubine of Shanghai, Peacock Cries and Summer of Betrayal. Her autobiography, Daughter of the River, has been translated into twenty-nine languages and many of her works have been turned into television series and films. Her latest memoir, Good Children of the Flowers, a sequel to Daughter of the River, won Asia Weekly's Top Ten Books of the Year Award 2009. She lives in Beijing with her husband and daughter.


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I have read many books of this nature and i find this particular novel especially moving. The heroine although self destructive is very relatable. The events that unfold keep the narrative exciting and flowing throughout, making this very hard to put down as your left wondering desperately what's going to happen next. The end of the book left me without closure as it is left to the reader to fabricate. Overall a fantastic read, beautifully written a definite must.
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I really loved this book, it gives an amazing description of Shanghai, the politics of the Triad gangs, and tells the sgtory of a woman who is trying to survive.
The main character Cassia is both beautiful and ugly at the same time. Her fight to become someone in society contracdicts the things she must do to get there. It is heartbreaking that although Cassia finds love, she can never truely be with the people she loves most for fear of cursing them.
A beautiful book that was really hard to out down.
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Clunky writing or clumsy translation - or both, made this book impossible for me to read. I gave up after two chapters.
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