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ISBN13: 9780879517922
ISBN10: 0879517921
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In December 1937 the city of Nanking, China, falls to brutal Japanese invaders. Thus begins a compelling drama wherein the teenaged daughter of an eminent scholar is forced to work as a prostitute. Short-listed for the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Prize, "The Tent of Orange Mist" illuminates the plight of intellectuals and artists during profound social and cultural upheaval.

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sean.scott, February 11, 2007 (view all comments by sean.scott)
During the Sino-Japanese conflict before WWII, Japanese soldiers kidnapped thousands of young women, putting them to work as sex slaves for their officers. Paul West tells the story of Scald Ibis, an intellectual 16-year-old held captive in her own home in Nanking. Scald Ibis becomes the favorite concubine of Hayashi, the colonel who runs the Tent of Orange Mist, as the bordello comes to be known.

West's strong, finely wrought prose is at once tender in its texture and cruel in its lucidity; his characters are delineated vividly, with power and psychological depth. "The language thrilled and appalled him," the narrator says at one point. When West's pen traces appalling circumstances, the thrill is not mere sensationalism-it is sensation itself, technique and emotion joining forces to scale the reader's spine.

This fictional glance at a neglected episode in history is a profoundly moral book, as well as a rare aesthetic pleasure.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780879517922
Author:
West, Paul
Publisher:
Overlook Press
Location:
Woodstock, N.Y. :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Nanking (China) History Fiction.
Subject:
Nanjing (Jiangsu Sheng, China) History Fiction.
Subject:
Sino-Japanese Conflict, 19
Subject:
Nanjing
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
Subject:
China History 1937-1945.
Series Volume:
v. 356
Publication Date:
September 1997
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.04x5.44x.78 in. .80 lbs.

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