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The Resource The courtesan : a novel, Alexandra Curry

The courtesan : a novel, Alexandra Curry

Label
The courtesan : a novel
Title
The courtesan
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Alexandra Curry
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Courtesan is an astonishing tale inspired by the real life of a woman who lived and loved in the extraordinary twilight decades of the Qing dynasty. To this day, Sai Jinhua is a legend in her native land of China, and this is her story, told the way it might have been. The year is 1881. Seven-year-old Jinhua is left an orphan, alone and unprotected after her mandarin father’s summary execution for the crime of speaking the truth. For seven silver coins, she is sold to a brothel-keeper and subjected to the worst of human nature. Will the private ritual that is her father’s legacy and the wise friendship of the crippled brothel maid be enough to sustain her? When an elegant but troubled scholar takes Jinhua as his concubine, she enters the close world of his jealous first wife. Yet it is Jinhua who accompanies him--as Emissary to the foreign devil nations of Prussia, Austro-Hungary, and Russia--on an exotic journey to Vienna. As he struggles to play his part in China's early, blundering diplomatic engagement with the western world, Jinhua’s eyes and heart are opened to the irresistible possibilities of a place that is mesmerizing and strange, where she will struggle against the constraints of tradition and her husband’s authority and seek to find “Great Love.” Sai Jinhua is an altered woman when she returns to a changed and changing China, where a dangerous clash of cultures pits East against West. The moment arrives when Jinhua’s western sympathies will threaten not only her own survival, but the survival of those who are most dear to her. A book that shines a small light on the large history of China’s relationship with the West, The Courtesan is a novel that distills, with the economy of a poem, a woman’s journey of untold miles to discern what is real and abiding
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Curry, Alexandra Gambrill
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Saijinhua
  • Orphans
  • Courtesans
  • China
Label
The courtesan : a novel, Alexandra Curry
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-378)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Autumn begins -- Art of the bedchamber -- Facing Madam Hong -- Palais Kinsky -- Hall of midsummer dreams -- The courtesan's child
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 378 pages
Isbn
9780525955139
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2014047864
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
The courtesan : a novel, Alexandra Curry
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-378)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Autumn begins -- Art of the bedchamber -- Facing Madam Hong -- Palais Kinsky -- Hall of midsummer dreams -- The courtesan's child
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 378 pages
Isbn
9780525955139
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2014047864
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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