The Courtesan

The Courtesan

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, Penguin Group USA, 2015
ISBN: 9780525955139
0525955135
Characteristics: xi, 378 pages ; 24 cm

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AL_STEFFEN Nov 23, 2016

Told from multiple perspectives I was entertained throughout, but it was no Amy Tan!
However, like many books set in China there is some real vivid and rich setting description.
Also there was this sentence that really shocked me!,
"It is the way of women to bind our daughter's feet.. If we don't do this, how will your c**t become tight and your buttocks firm from walking in a woman's way."

Manateestarz Jun 06, 2016

A fairly well-written novel
about an obscure,but real, historical figure, courtesan, Sai Jinhua. This book, while thin on characterization, does provide a great starting place for studying the relationship of China to Western Europe/Germany during this turbulent time in history. Author Curry provides a great bibliography in the back.

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singasong70
Nov 13, 2015

Interesting enough (as previous critique noted), feels like I have read it b/f, however, Memoirs of a Geisha, which I liked better. Stories like this follow a similar theme I have found, Asian girl/child sold (into concubinage) by woman/man who do not have a conscience (if you ask me). Which makes you wonder: where is love and respect in these stories for females, respect most of all?

d2013 Oct 04, 2015

Was expecting more but still an interesting read!

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