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The Emperor of Shoes
- A Novel
- By: Spencer Wise
- Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
- Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
Alex Cohen, a 26-year-old Jewish Bostonian, is living in southern China, where his father runs their family-owned shoe factory. Alex reluctantly assumes the helm of the company, but as he explores the plant’s vast floors and assembly lines, he comes to a grim realization: employees are exploited, regulatory systems are corrupt, and Alex’s own father is engaging in bribes to protect the bottom line. When Alex meets a seamstress named Ivy, his sympathies begin to shift. She is an embedded organizer of a pro-democratic Chinese party, secretly sowing dissonance among her fellow laborers.
- By karen on 06-14-18
Really enjoyed the depth of the story
The book is very well written, with a timely plot and a strong protogonist, with whom you build a connection from the first pages and watch his development throughout the story. All the characters are well developed. The political background is well researched and allows the reader to learn so much about the work exploitation in modern China.
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