The Concubine of Shanghai

by Hong Ying | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780714531809 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingsoffitta1wing of Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on 11/11/2009
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingsoffitta1wing from Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 11, 2009
From Bookmooch for the 1010 Challenge.

I have just finished the book, will be sent on Monday.

To be read and sent to ApoloniaX for the Asian-themed VBB.
Sent - 16/03

Journal Entry 2 by wingApoloniaXwing from Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Saturday, March 20, 2010
Just received this in the mail, from the Contemporary Asian Literature VBB.
Thank you, soffitta!!!

Journal Entry 3 by wingApoloniaXwing at Bremen, Bremen Germany on Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Blurb:
“Sold by her aunt in 1907 to a reputable Shanghai brothel, sixteen-year-old Cassia is plucked from the rank of lowly servant by Master Chang, the fearsome boss of a Triad gang. Chastised by the 'Madame' for leaving her feet and breasts unbound, Cassia nonetheless becomes his favourite mistress and develops a taste for luxurious Living, whilst enjoying her first passionate encounters.
But when Master Chang is brutally murdered, Cassia must fend for herself. Determined to succeed, she seduces the next Triad boss, Huang Peiyu and then his lackey, Yu, fighting to secure her position as the 'Queen of Shanghai', whatever the cost.”


This is a very interesting story about a Chinese woman at the beginning of the 20th century, some kind of a Moll Flanders of the Far East.
I wasn’t very impressed by the writing, sometimes it seemed somehow clumsy. Often the dialogues didn’t sound right. But this might be due to the translation.
Apart from that it was a good read. And what was particularly interesting were the descriptions of the brotherhoods / societies / triads and the bits and pieces about Shanghai history.

Journal Entry 4 by wingApoloniaXwing at East Asian VBB, Virtual Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (8/18/2010 UTC) at East Asian VBB, Virtual Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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Travelling to Lemon-Crisis
who chose it from the East Asian VBB

Happy reading

Journal Entry 5 by BGQ-488500 at Birchington, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 25, 2010
My choice from the East Asian VBB round two!

Looks interesting, thanks for sharing it =]

Journal Entry 6 by BGQ-488500 at Birchington, Kent United Kingdom on Monday, November 15, 2010
Well, I read this slowly, picking it up every few days to read a chunk. That immediately tells you that it wasn't good enough to make me read it all in one sitting. However it wasn't a bad book, either. It was interesting in it's own way, but it's probably not one I'd bother to re-read.

I agree with ApoloniaX's comment on the writing/dialogue. It did seem a bit odd sometimes.

The story itself was good, and the characters strong. There were a few times when the plot slowed down a bit, but not mind-numbingly.

Overall, a decent read.

Journal Entry 7 by BGQ-488500 at Birchington, Kent United Kingdom on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (4/16/2011 UTC) at Birchington, Kent United Kingdom

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Sent alongside a ring as a RABCK for Libera13. Hope you enjoy! =]

Journal Entry 8 by Libera13 at RABCK, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Here it is! Thank you, Lemon-Crisis, for the wishlist book! It was a very nice surprise! :D

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