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Everything Under the Sky by Matilde Asensi

Everything Under the Sky (2006)

by Matilde Asensi

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Spanish artist Elvira De Poulain travels, with her ward, orphaned teenage niece Fernanda, to China to finalize the affairs of her recently deceased husband. Rather than any useful inheritance she finds that her estranged husband has left her burdened with debt. Over the next few months Elvira and Fernanda, teamed up with an expatriot irishman and a couple of locals, follow clues in a search for untold treasures. This is a great adventure tale, easy to read and hard to put down. ( )
  thejohnsmith | Jul 7, 2012 |
Demasiado previsible, poco detallista, excesivamente forzado( como si hacer libros fuese igual que hacer churros) Muy por debajo del nivel del origen perdido. ( )
  mp3sii | Oct 25, 2010 |
Loved this book! It had great characters, memorable setting, and exciting plot. I loved Elvira, the main character of the book. She reminded myself of me so many times throughout the book, just in the things she said or thought, and in her constant surprise in herself, and of all the brave things she was accomplishing. Another thing I really like about the book is that the author tied up all the loose ends at the end of the book, and allowed the reader to see how the lives of the characters ended up years after their adventure. I think that as a reader this is a wonderful thing, as many times you are left wondering, OK....so they made it to the end of their adventure, but then what? It makes the story and characters seem so much more believable. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, yet plausible adventure read. ( )
  lexxa83 | Sep 28, 2010 |
*Yangtze Treasure Hunt*

Elvira, and Fernanda, aunt and niece, drift lazily down the Yangtze River in the early 1920's. An odd place indeed for a free-spirited Spanish senorita and her ward, but peculiar and unusual circumstances conspire to have these ladies traveling to exotic Shanghai. Before the story begins, Fernanda, our dowdy young niece, is thrown into the life of her Bohemian aunt due to the recent death of her parents. Also before the first chapter reveals the nature of their adventure, strong-willed Elvira has been recently notified of the death of her estranged husband who has resided in China for many years. Soon after, Elvira, niece in tow, is immediately outbound onboard a cruise ship heading for the Orient. Her intensions are to quickly settle her husband's affairs so that she can do an about-face back to her bungalow in Paris where she happily paints to her hearts delight, living the carefree spinster life.

Disembarking after a lengthy voyage, Elvira is brought to her husband Remy's oriental home, only to encounter more tragic news. It seems Remy was not only dead, but has been murdered by imperial assassins who believed he was in possession of a valuable lost Chinese artifact. Without time to catch her breath from this news, and to add insult to injury, Elvira is also informed that Remy's carefree attitude with gambling, women, and an opium addiction, has left her not only penniless but with major debts. It seems her late husband was a bit of a disreputable rogue, leaving Elvira nothing but shame. With regret, an attorney informs her she must sell her Paris home and the grand house in Shanghai in order to settle these monumental unpaid bills.

Inquiring about this mysterious lost artifact that has now catapulted Elvira's once happy life into turmoil, she learns that this valued piece must still be hidden in the house, yet undiscovered. But she is being watched. Her every move, every breathe is observed by assassins called the Green Gang. They lurk nearby, knowing it's just a matter of time before Elvira locates the piece, so they can attack again, stopping at nothing to get what they're after. With this new information the two ladies lives are now in peril and they must race against time to locate the artifact that will then lead them to the secret of the largest treasure in the history of mankind, lost for thousands of years that has been spoken of in a Chinese legend for many generations.

Everything Under the Sky by Matilde Asensi is a marvelous historical adventure, an old-fashioned treasure hunt on a grand scale destined for the big screen. What makes this novel shine so bright is the camaraderie and determination of two highly unlikely ladies eager to take on the challenge, and their new companions for the journey. Traveling by their sides are a wise old Chinese antiquarian, a jolly Irish journalist, and a young boy on the verge of manhood who acts as their traveling servant. Whether sailing on a Sampan down the Yangtze, diving under bridges through dangerous waters, digging beneath underground tunnels, dodging bullets, deciphering riddles and cryptic maps, or practicing Tai Chi with Monks in a high mountain monastery, the characters engage in a high action packed adventure the reader will not be able to put down. Also injected into this delightful story are infused doses of Tao philosophy, instructions from the I Ching, training of the martial arts, and lessons in Chinese brush calligraphy.

This spectacular novel set in an exotic land is a blend of Indiana Jones, The Da Vinci Code, Anna and the King of Siam, The Karate Kid and the old TV show Kung Fu, gently stirred together for one bubbling cauldron of fun. Asensi's writing skills and plot development balanced with believable characters should allow this author to climb up a few notches on the ladder of literary success as this, her second book, hits the best seller list and many reading groups. ( )
  vernefan | Dec 5, 2009 |
Love this book! It is written so well. The story is a little at first, but it needs to be that way. Just great!
  stefanievpb | Jan 15, 2009 |
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Una gran aventura nos lleva a un escenario exótico y apasionante, la China en los años veinte, en busca del tesoro del Primer Emperador

Elvira, una pintora española afincada en París, recibe la noticia de que su marido ha muerto en su casa de Shanghai. Acompañada por su sobrina, parte desde Marsella en barco para recuperar el cadáver de Rémy sin imaginarse la gran aventura que la espera.

Cuando al fin pisan tierra firme, después de una travesía interminable, comienza para Elvira y Fernanda la mayor peripecia que nunca hubieran imaginado vivir. Sin tiempo para reaccionar, se verán perseguidas por los eunucos imperiales y los sicarios de la Banda Verde, que quieren robarles el “cofre de las cien joyas.”

Huyen en un viaje apasionante por el corazón de China hasta Xi'an, donde, con la ayuda del anticuario Lao Jiang, la sabiduría oriental del maestro Jade Rojo y la inteligencia de Biao, podrán descifrar las claves y superar las arriesgadas pruebas para encontrar la tumba del Primer Emperador y la última pieza del secreto mejor guardado de la historia de la humanidad.

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Spanish painter Elvira De Poulain travels to China to settle her dissolute husband's estate which she finds consists of a beautiful box with clues to the burial site of China's first Emperor. She sets out with colorful companions to find the site while evading assassins who also want the valuable box and its contents.… (more)

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