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Little Hut of Leaping Fishes Hardcover – 4 Jul 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; First Edition edition (4 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330454382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330454384
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...confines of the family mansion, the rivalries, adulteries, and jealousies, are all vividly evoked in fresh and exuberant prose.'
-- New Books

'Tei keeps the reader entertained with her graceful observations and steady handling of a significant slice of Chinese history.' -- Sunday Herald

'Tei unfolds the story like a bolt of silk.'
-- The Scotsman

'The book has a tempo of its own... Sit down with a large cup of coffee and enjoy. Recommended.' -- Historical Novels Review

'The strength of the book, is its portrayal of individuals struggling as the world around them changes.' -- Financial Times

'[a] lengthy but accessible historical saga...For such a populous story the style is deceptively light, the touch sensuous.' -- Guardian

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Mingzhi is born to be a mandarin: as the formidable Master Chai's first grandson, his life is mapped from the moment of his birth. But times are changing in China, and as Mingzhi grows, he begins to question his privileged heritage and the secrets and shadows that lurk in the corners of the Chai mansion; eager to flee from the corruption, treachery and rivalries of his family -- Master Chai, who farms opium poppies and beats out orders with his dragon stick; the jealousy of his second mother and half brother; and his opium-addict father -- Mingzhi soon realises his only path to freedom is through learning. But as the foreign devils begin to encroach on China, Mingzhi is torn between two cultures; he must make his choice between the past and the future. A sweeping story of rebellion and discovery, Little Hut of Leaping Fishes traces one man's journey to find a life of his own in the slipstream of historic change.

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A fine book thanks to three key ingredients: (a) its fascinating socio-historic setting, (b) a strong plot, and (c) excellent prose. As a small example of the latter, chapter 18 opens: "Someone has spilt colours on the palette of his life. Everything brightens up". Simple but graphic.

The story takes place in late C19th imperial China. Two half-brothers are born into a wealthy family of landowners whose dictatorial figurehead, Grandfather Chai, turns the crop over to opium harvesting. Not only does this boost profits but it also lubricates the wheels of influence. The older grandson and principal character, Mingzhi, is a good man who rises to the office of Mandarin through intensive study. Once there he spurns the customary bribery and corruption in an effort to govern even-handedly. Meanwhile his younger brother, Mingyuan, takes a rather more pragmatic view on life. There are enough twists, turns, interesting characters and situations to hold the reader's attention throughout.

Apparently this is Chiew-Siah Tei's first novel although she has written scripts for play and film. Let's hope there will be more.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book and completely agree with the other two reviewers. It has a compelling story, strong characterisation, and is set in interesting times which are perhaps not well known to readers brought up on a British school history curriculum. The style of writing is original, touching and appropriate to the subject, without being pretentious or self-consciously 'literary'. It is both engrossing and instructive - bring on the sequel!
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This is an excellent book. The language and structure capture from the start giving an exotic feel to the book. The subject matter is pretty exotic in any case; this is a period of Chinese history that I knew almost nothing about, but is wonderfully evoked through the realistic characters. I identified with Mingzhi from the start. His triumphs and, especially, his disasters resonated very much with where I was when I read it. Like the other reviewer, I too am looking forward to seeing how he gets on in the sequel.
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This was bought as a gift for Christmas. I chose the book as it sounded good and had good reviews on Amazon and because the person I was buying it for loves books with this setting and time period. There is also a DVD which I also bought to go with the book. The giftee enjoyed the book very much and would read another by this author.
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Good story and well researched background of Chinese rural life during the time of the Boxer Rebellion, end of the 19th century.
with a lovely poetic writing style.
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Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was wonderful. I loved it. So beautifully written. And great characters. My favourites were Mingzhi and Liwei and Da Niang. But I also liked Little Mouse and I even had a little sympathy for Mingyuan despite the fact that he was a bit of a horror. Master Chai, I didn't really have an opinion on. I accepted that he wasn't a bad man, just that his values were different from mine.

I could talk about this book for hours but I dont want to give away any of the plot! There were so many things I liked about it: the story, the style of the writing, the onomatopoeia, the wonderful imagery... I can't wait to read the sequel!
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