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Nanjing 1937: A Love Story by Ye Zhaoyan
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Nanjing 1937: A Love Story

by Ye Zhaoyan

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I am left with a bland aftertaste. As with most novels I have read by Chinese authors, I find the beginning promising, the middle uneventful and the ending is left open. The translator helped me to understand the author's intention: "The year 1937 saw not only the fall of the ancient capital of Nanjing but also the pinnacle of its development; in his novel, Ye Zhaoyan captures both. And although the novel comes to an end (on) the day the massacre begins, the reader knows all too well how the story ends. (In) the end what (it) leaves us with is the melancholic power and unbearable weight of History." The book does exactly that; it gives an account of the popular culture and life of the well-to-do in Nanjing prior to the Japanese invasion. Political and military heavyweights are given cameo roles in the book. I would hardly call this a love story; it is a besotted man's lone, annoying obsession with a stranger. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0571218113, Paperback)

Set on the eve of the Rape of Nanjing - when Japanese troops invaded this historic capital city, massacred hundreds of thousands, and committed thousands of rapes - Nanjing 1937 is a tender and humorous story of an impossible love and a lively, detailed historical portrait of a people on the verge of destruction.

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Set on the eve of the Rape of Nanjing - when Japanese troops invaded the historic capital city, massacred hundreds of thousands, and committed thousands of rapes - Nanjing 1937 is a tender and humorous story of an impossible love and a lively, detailed historical portrait of a culture on the verge of rupture.… (more)

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