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The Painter From Shanghai
Reviewed by- linda (2009/10/18, 04:37 PM)
It is quite unbelievable to realize that this novels roots are based in truth, the life of the Chinese painter Pan Yuliang. It is a fascinating account of the atrocious acts one person is capably of inflicting on another, as well as the ability of the inflicted to adapt, endure and move beyond these sufferings. Epstein fills the pages with rich period detail and genuinely believable characters. She writes with passion, managing to perfectly capture the nuances of human nature and what it is like to be a forced into prostitution, accept this fate and move through it to become a talented artist. It is a remarkable journey and well told. Although the story was engrossing, for me the second half of the book did not have quite the attention grabbing power of first half, but it is still very enjoyable. It reminded me of both Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, just not quite as compelling.Back.

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