Synopses & Reviews
"God's Chinese Son proves, as did The Death of Woman Wang and The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci, that the art of historical narrative is still alive, and that Spence is among its greatest practitioners. Spence's latest installment tells the story of Hong Xiuquan, who believed himself to be the younger brother of Jesus Christ, and who lead the Taiping uprising, a massive millenial movement that cost 20 million Chinese their lives between the years 1845 and 1864. Spence is attentive to detail and anecdote, but he also provides a sweeping panoramic perspective. This is a major contribution to Chinese history, and it may very well prove to be a lasting contribution to the narrative art of story telling." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
Includes bibliographical references (p. -388) and index.