K: The Art of Love

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Marion Boyars, 2002 - Fiction - 252 pages
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Set in 1930s China, this is a true but tragic tale of romance, sexual desire, and untimely death. Beautiful, intelligent, and schooled in the Daoist arts of love, Lin is married to a provincial university professor. Julian Bell, son of Vanessa Bell, and darling of the Bloomsbury set, has arrived in China, hungry for experience. Their mutual attraction leads to a passionate phy-sical and spiritual sojourn in Beijing. Unable to realize their love in a society divided by cultural conflict and the threat of war, they eventually part: Julian to fight for the Loyalists in Spain and Lin to contemplate suicide in her husband’s house.

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Oh, dear. Do you want yellow fever in a historic setting, combined with more racism and sexism? And a lot of sex scenes? Than this is the book for you. Read full review

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I am one of those people who believe that, yes, you can totally judge a book by its cover. In this case, it appeared that the author considered Chinese women to not be sexualized nearly enough and ... Read full review


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Hong Ying was born in Chingqing in 1962 into a boat sailor's family. She was the sixth child in a family of eight, and endured great poverty and hunger as a child during the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution.

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