Undiscriminating under travelled Americans.
This question is irrelevant and irritating.
By failing to differentiate in any way between the characters. A young French girl sounded like a middle aged, nasal American male. Her old aristocratic French father sounded exactly the same. A travesty of a wonderful novel. Can't Americans identify with any culture outside their own?
That having been said, his diction was exceeding clear and precise. Just not creative or interesting.
It's not the scenes it's the reader.
Not one of the great literary classics but a touching story, well written and full of intrinsic interest details. Sheds light on the pre-occupations of the modernising ancient culture that is China
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