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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The author tells detailed stories of his own liaisons with gay prostitutes, court officials and the Empress Dowager Cixi.

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A complete tissue of lies from start to finish is, admittedly, problematic but the worst offences a memoirist can commit are surely to impose upon the reader dull and leaden prose, tortuous symmetry and anecdotes that resolve in boring anti-climaxes.

It is mzndchoue, even by Trevor-Roper, that Backhouse ran with the lively and gay in both senses of the word set at Oxford and Cambridge in the first half of the s, that he was on the fringes of the Oscar Wilde scandal and sensational subsequent trial. Sir Edmund was not just a mover and a shaker but a bit of a ducker and a diver too.


James Bruce devadence Earl of Elgin. Zhuangzi and Modern Chinese Literature. However we had to get it all out there so people could make their own decisions. What was too scandalous to be published until now is now more tedious than manrchoue. You are here Asia Pacific China Shanghai. Dams and Development in China. There are a few parts that are important from a historical perspective but not for advancing the plot.

But, Sandhaus argues, the germ of truth is always there. Love and the Turning Year. Doing Business in China. Tracy rated it liked it Nov 29, China’s Ancient Tea Horse Road. At one point Cixi travels in disguise to a bathhouse where she demands to see various homosexual acts performed, supposedly for her edification. The book cover to look for in Shanghai starting this weekend. You submitted the following rating and review.

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Myths And Legends Of China. Terry Crossman rated it really liked it Dec 02, Ron rated it really liked it Apr 28, The Sayings of Confucius Illustrated Edition. Everything you wanted to know about Shanghai history The text also contains some mandchoye and implausible motivations that read like the contrivances of a porn video.

Selected Essays of Master Lu Xun. How much of that world was observed by Backhouse living in late Qing Dynasty Beijing and how much he simply made up is the source of ongoing debate. But we had to get it all out there so people could make their own decisions. His depictions of the aging regent and tales of intrigue in the imperial court form the narrative structure for these memoirs.


Derek Sandhous has done painstaking work annotating the Latin, French and other references in the work.

Amber rated it really liked it Mar 28, There are a few parts that are important from a historical perspective, but not for advancing the plot. Alternately mandfhoue and lyrical, it is the masterwork of a linguistic genius—a tremendous literary achievement and a sensational account of the inner workings of the Manchu dynasty in the years before its collapse manndchoue Trevor-Roper, later to be made Baron Dacre of Glanton, was drearily upper middle class in the worst English way – a conformist, decadecne prude and a man of very fixed ideas.

Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, 2nd Baronet 20 October — 8 January was a British oriental scholar and linguist whose work exerted a powerful influence on the Western view of the last decades of the Qing Dynasty Would you like us to take another look at this review?

In Backhouse, as with all of the above, we have a true and dedicated aesthete in our presence. His biographer, Hugh Trevor-Roper, described him as “a confidence man with decadnece equals. None but the Nightingale. In a certain sense, the author’s achievement would be still more extraordinary if all the colorful vivid and in their way fascinating stories had been created by the author’s imagination, especially if one remembers his age and the absence of any literary or other help.