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The internationally best-selling author of Paris and New York takes on an exhilarating new world with his trademark epic style in China: The Novel.

Edward Rutherfurd has enthralled millions of readers and listeners with his grand, sweeping historical sagas that tell the history of a famous place over multiple generations. Now, in China: The Novel, Rutherfurd takes listeners into the rich and fascinating milieu of the Middle Kingdom.

The story begins in 1839, at the dawn of the First Opium War, and follows Chinese history through Mao's Cultural Revolution and up to the present day. Rutherfurd chronicles the rising and falling fortunes of members of Chinese, British, and American families, as they negotiate the tides of history. Along the way, in his signature style, Rutherfurd provides a deeply researched portrait of Chinese history and society, its ancient traditions and great upheavals, and China's emergence as a rising global power. As always, we are treated to romance and adventure, heroines and scoundrels, grinding struggle and incredible fortunes.

China: The Novel brings to life the rich terrain of this vast and constantly evolving country. From Shanghai to Nanking to the Great Wall, Rutherfurd chronicles the turbulent rise and fall of empires as the colonial West meets the opulent and complex East in a dramatic struggle between cultures and people.

Extraordinarily researched and majestically told, Edward Rutherfurd paints a thrilling portrait of one of the most singular and remarkable countries in the world.

©2021 Edward Rutherfurd (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Wonderful - Don't miss it

A truly wonderful book. Well researched and beautifully written, the novel is historically significance. Edward Rutherfurd is one of my favorite writers. I have never been disappointed in any of his books. Entertaining and enlightening at the same time - do not miss it.

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Slow Dull Start

I am several hours into this book now mind you I love Mr. Rutherford’s books. But I don’t think I have 30 some hours left in me to finish this book at this rate. Maybe I’m impatient. I think I might have to return this and find something a little more stimulating

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Just Could Not Get Into It

This is probably not a bad book. I just could not follow the characters and the culture they were embroiled in. I was not hooked.
I may try to listen to it again later.

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Master historian and storyteller reigns supreme

Although not the multi-generational epic like other Rutherfurd novels, this 80-yr history shed valuable light both on China's ancient traditions and the devastating impact Westerners' lust for wealth had on Chinese civilization. The seeds for Mao Tse Tung are evident and I look forward to a Rutherfurd sequel to bring the story forward to present day China.

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Rutherford does it again

I preordered China months ago. His style of combining fiction with history never ceases to delight. Thanks again for a fascinating trip in history!