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Publisher's Summary

The “unparalleled master of the historical saga" (Newsweek) and 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 people 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

Critic Reviews

"Bravo; this is a big, complex, and utterly involving portrait of 19th-century China." (Antonia Senior, The Times, London)

"It’s a bravura performance, fizzing with incident, excitement and energy." (The Daily Mail)  

“Edward Rutherfurd is known for massive historical novels usually set in cities like New York, Paris and London. They dig deeply into a specific place and he focuses on a certain period.... Rutherfurd’s thorough research shows again here in his descriptions of China and other places in Asia like Hong Kong and Macao.... Besides place, Rutherfurd also has thoroughly researched the many complexities of Chinese culture.... CHINA can perhaps be placed in the same basket as the James Clavell novels of Tai-Pan and Noble House.... Worth sticking with all 760 pages." (Asian Review of Books) 

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Really average

I like Edward Rutherfurd’s books. Especially NEw York, Paris, London… but China was long and tedious. The only part of this book I liked was the Taiping rebellion. A much better book covering the same period of China is Tai-Pan by James Clavell.

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Simply outstanding

Rutherfurd has to be one of the best practitioners of historical fiction in the business
He has an uncanny ability to get inside the heads of his characters. A very long book and I couldn’t put it down.
I am a historian and I stand in awe.
Thank you Edward Rutherfurd!

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Good book until half way through

At the chapter labeled “the palace” a new narrator takes over and is the worse narrator I’ve ever heard in my life. I’ve listened to upwards of 200 audiobooks and he is by far the worse narrator I’ve ever listened to. He could be describing the most interesting thing that ever happened but his monotoned, monotonous voice would make it impossible to hold your attention.

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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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Chinese accent sounds like a bad cartoon

The narrator’s performance of a native Chinese speaker speaking English, sounds phoney and the story is sooooo slow that I am struggling to finish the audiobook.

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Loved this rendition of Chinese history.

Very exciting and close to the real story of China. The Boxer Rebellion was well staged!

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One of Rutherfurd's best.

This is a great read and one of Rutherfurd's best novels as well as being highly relevant to an understanding of current affairs. Woven in with all of the interesting characters and their stories is the history of modern China and the keys to understanding why, for the Chinese, the past 150 years are just a big speed bump.

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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!

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