[Pdf New] (Death of a Red Heroine) by Qiu Xiaolong


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  • Death of a Red Heroine
  • Qiu Xiaolong
  • English
  • 07 January 2018
  • 9781569471937

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    [Pdf New] (Death of a Red Heroine) by Qiu Xiaolong Set in Shanghai during the 1990s this is a culturally interesting crime novel highlighting the economic and political turmoil in China at a time when the old ways were clashing with the new The author iu Xialoang was born and educated in Shanghai in 1953 becoming a poet and writer and Associate Professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences with an interest in English literature and translation In 1988 he travelled to Washington to

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    [Pdf New] (Death of a Red Heroine) by Qiu Xiaolong I thought the author got the balance just right The characters are interesting the settings enjoyable to imagine and I enjoyed the descriptive writing The pacing was good and I was fascinated by the details of another culture other than my own There were so many literary references that I enjoyed too many to list I tried but then I decided

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Death of a Red Heroine

Death of a Red Heroine Download Ó PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read & download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free â Qiu Xiaolong Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN 9781569472422iu Xiaolong's Anthony Award winning debut introduces Inspector Chen of the Shanghai PoliceA young “national model worker” renowned for her adherence to the p. If you want to read a novel written originally in English about China and Chinese culture you can t do better than start with this book iu Xiaolong in Chinese the family name comes at the beginning is not only China born and bred but as a poet and translator of ancient Chinese Tang poetry and former teacher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences is also a bona fide member of the Chinese literati As an immigrant to the United States where he chose to stay on after the Tiananmen incident he is however writing a police procedural novel for a Western audience What you get therefore is an authentic look at modern China not the vomit inducing yellow face often found in other works steeped in Chinese cultural and literary tradition but explained for the Westerner It s not a translation so you don t get those awkward constructions that can arise when translating from Chinese into English And it s a cracking police procedural to boot iu s Inspector Chen is the newly appointed head of the Shanghai Police Bureau s special case suad The suad itself a new creation was formed to handle cases that have a political angle This allows iu to use the crime novel genre to explore the social and political changes sweeping through China as Chen has to conduct his investigations all the while taking care not to step too hard on powerful political toes This makes Chen a direct literary descendent of the iconic Chinese figure Justice Bao a semi historical semi fictional personage of mythic proportions legendary for investigating corruption in high places while being wholly incorruptible himself He is also however literary kin to characters such as Simeon s Inspector Maigret or James s Inspector Dagliesh right down to having his own trademark uirk in his case being a poet and having a penchant for uoting Tang Dynasty poetryHe went out to the balcony but he failed to catch a glimpse of her slender figure retreating into the night He heard only a violin from an open window above the curve of the street Two lines from Li Shangyin s Zither came to his mind The zither for no reason has half of its strings broken One string one peg evoking the memory of the youthful yearsA difficult Tang dynasty poet Li Shangyin was especially known for this elusive couplet Certainly it was not about the ancient musical instrument Why all of a sudden the lines came rushing to him he did not know The murder case A young woman A life in its prime wasted All the broken strings The lost sounds Only half of its years lived Or was there something elseThe use of literary allusions is also very much in line with classical Chinese works where such references were de rigueur to show one s learning Here iu unpacks the allusion for us explaining its provenance and musing on the meaning of its use iu does this work of unpacking in other ways as well and does this reasonably discretely explaining only when he feels he has toChen did not answer the uestion He had a ready excuse in busily unwrapping the dish beggar s chicken It smelled wonderful The recipe had supposedly originated when a beggar baked a soil and lotus leaf wrapped chicken in a pile of ashes The result was an astonishing successBut iu also omits explanations when these are not needed such as in his use of four character Chinese idioms a uintessential feature of the writing of any educated Chinese person In this following passage he uses the phrase y h uch ns n bamboo shoots after a spring rain used to indicate rapid and plentiful growth and euivalent to saying in English sprang up like mushroomsA small fishing village during the Ming dynasty Shanghai had developed into one of the most prosperous cities in the Far East with foreign companies and factories appearing like bamboo shoots after a spring rain and people pouring in from everywhereChen s repeated references to Tang poetry are either your cup of tea or not but before you decry them for being nothing than pretentious sound and fury think of how often Western novels expressly or implicitly reference earlier foundational cultural works all without having to directly acknowledge the debt because the reference forms part of the Western world s cultural capital In this we are all borrowers and lenders The only difference here is that the cultural referents iu is working with have to be explained to his Western audience which he obligingly and not too disruptively does The references over anchor iu s work setting modern China in the framework of its political and cultural past via the use of this cultural and social resonance And this brings me to the one aspect of this novel that pushed it from three all the way to five stars for me A key and explicit reference in the novel is made multiple times to the great Chinese classic h ng l u m ng The Dream of the Red Chamber also known as The Story of the Stone Its author Cao Xuein used his story of the wealthy Jia family to criticise the corruption and materialism of Chinese society in his time This too is a running theme in iu s novel iu s reference is not merely to recall China s historical problems with corruption and materialism however but to provide a counter to the message of this canonical work In The Dream of the Red Chamber the protagonist Baoyu struggles between fulfilling his duty to his family by successfully taking the Imperial examinations and becoming an important and wealthy court official and his own desire to write poetry The struggle is also mirrored in his love life His family want him to marry Baochai a girl with wealth and family connections whom he does not love and he wants to marry the spiritual and artsy Daiyu his soul mate and a poor orphan girl who the family has taken in The story culminates with Baoyu being tricked into marrying Baochai while Daiyu is left to die of heartache also known as tuberculosis Disgusted with the greed and deceit that surrounds him the novel ends with Baoyu renouncing the material world and taking on monk s robes This tension between the demands of principle and idealism versus the demands of real world politick are at the heart of the mystery and its resolution view spoilerChen does of course catch his murderer Justice is done but it also transpires that Chen s investigation has been part of a larger political game of which he was unaware Bringing the murderer to justice has also meant victory for certain political interests and defeat for others In disgust Chen contemplates uitting the police force but ultimately changes his mind It is this difference in response his decision that if you believe you can do something for your country you should persevere It helps a little if there are a few honest policemen around even though it may not help much that marks this novel out from Cao Xuein s own answer to the same problem hide spoiler

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Death of a Red Heroine Download Ó PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read & download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free â Qiu Xiaolong Rinciples of the Communist Party turns up dead in a Shanghai canal As Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Special Cases Bureau struggles to trace the hidden threads of her past he finds himself challenging th. First Sentence The body was found at 440 pm on May 11 1990 in Baili Canal an out of the way canal about twenty miles to the west of ShanghaiInspector Chen Cao is a poet translator of Western literature including mysteries and newly assigned as head of the Special Case Suad The naked body of a young woman has been found in a canal The victim Guan Hongying had been recognized as a National Model Worker As Chen and Detective Yu move forward in their investigation their primary suspect is the son of a High Cadre one of the highest designations for the old faithful members Chen is determined to pursue the murder case but hadn t counted on the bureaucrats stepping in to declare it politicalThis book worked for me for so many reasons Set one year after Tiananmen Suare it is a fascinating look at a changing China caught between the old politics and the new interjecting information of China from ancient times to the time of the book s setting There was an incredibly strong sense of place showing us the lives of people at every social stratum mainly within the city of Shanghai The details of everyday life brought both the story and the characters into being The characters were so well developed particularly Chen Not having wanted to be a policeman there is the dichotomy of his wanting to do his job well but his love of poetry and pride when one of his poems is published The inclusion of poetry throughout the story is so well done But I also loved a scene where Chen went to buy a piece of jewelry for a girl friend using money he earned translating a Ruth Rendell mystery He feels Rendell would have been pleased by his choice The character is further enriched by the supporting characters of his partner Yu as you watch their relationship develop and by others loyal to him If I had to say there was a weak point to the story it would probably be the plot At the same time I felt there had to be all the information surrounding it or as Western reader none of it would have made as much sense For me this debut book lays the foundation for the characters and the series I will be very interested to see where Chen goes next The book is on the longer side and a dense read but never was I tempted to put the book down I highly recommend it DEATH OF A RED HEROINE Pol Proc Insp Chen Cao Shanghai China Cont VGXiaolong iu 1st in seriesSoho Press 2000 US Hardcover ISBN 9781569471937

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Death of a Red Heroine Download Ó PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read & download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free â Qiu Xiaolong E very political forces that have guided his life since birth Chen must tiptoe around his superiors if he wants to get to the bottom of this crime and risk his career perhaps even his life to see justice don. 25 StarsHow good did the blurb sound A detective novel that takes place in Communist China Unfortunately and despite almost every other person I know enjoying it I found this novel pretty underwhelming Proof I guess of just how subjective reading can be It s not a bad book it had a lot of promise and it picked up in the middle after a slow start But in the end it just wasn t for me and I can mainly pinpoint this to four things way too much exposition and introspection on unimportant details obvious clues going unnoticed for far too long descriptions and portrayals of female characters that consistently skeeved me out and a main character that was hard to feel anything forSo I guess I ll start on the overabundance of exposition The book is absolutely full of details about life in 90s Communist Shanghai Which would be fascinating and still is fascinating at times if was slipped into the story with a bit skill As it is the author seems so concerned his audience won t understand Chinese words or concepts that instead of simply letting them work out the meaning from the context he has to stop the story to explain them Every single time Which ends up creating a disjointed flow and making me feeling incredibly talked down to I may not know a lot about communist China and I certainly want to learn but that doesn t mean I want to be spoon fed it like a baby Despite all the information given about Shanghai here I never for one moment felt I had a grip of the city like I could see it in my mind s eye as I was reading It felt like listening to someone who had been on holiday there talk about it without photos or sitting in on an informal evening lecture rather than being transported there yourselfI mean information is all very good but sometimes you ve just get on with the story If I don t understand some minor detail I ll do the same thing I would do for a book set in Britain or the US and I freuently don t understand geographic or cultural references in books set in the USA I ll grab a dictionary or open Wikipedia and look it up China is not fantasyland where the author needs to explain concepts and show off their world building it s a real place the information is out there if people want to go looking for detail And frankly even if this was set in a fantasyland where I couldn t look things up I would still find the infodumping poorly timed and overused Yes Communist China is very interesting but either get better at integrating your information into the story or save the explanations for the stuff that mattersMaybe it s a silly thing to moan about the information on 90s China seems to be what most other reviews really loved about this book but for me it mostly just spoilt the pacing I just keep thinking that if this had been written for a Chinese audience with the assumption that the readers had a basic understanding of the setting it would have been a much much stronger and better flowing novel and it s not as if relevant details couldn t be put into notes at the end translated fiction and old classics have endnotes for this sort of stuff all the time As it is it s too catered to person who knows nothing about China and busy interrupting itself to explain the setting for it to actually get on with the storyAnd it has a similar problem when it comes to portraying politics or human emotion in general for that matter It s almost didactic in places we re spoon fed exactly what we re meant to think of the Chinese Communist Party Every time something happens Chen s explanation of the political reasons is never far away even when it s just repeating the same thing we ve been informed 12millionty times before or when it s so fucking obvious it s not hard to work out for yourself I m thinking particularly here of the final chapter and a prominent well duh moment for me Trust me to work a little out on my own please I already spotted all the clues to the mystery chapters before your detective after allWhich brings me neatly onto my second objection the mystery really wasn t all that mysterious A female body is found in a rural canal Naked strangled and wrapped in a plastic bag A post mortem reveals that she had sex shortly before her death that her stomach contains caviar and that her body shows no sign of a struggle So what is the only hypothesis do the police originally draw from this That she was raped and murdered by a random stranger It takes about six chapters for Chen to finally go caviar That s expensive and well beyond her means She must have eaten out with somebody and when he does everybody is amazed by his deductive reasoning The same deductive reasoning that told him earlier that She could not have been romantically involved at the time of her death There was no privacy possible in her dorm building because apparently a couple is only allowed to have sex in the girl s dormroom and meeting up elsewhere is totally out of the uestion The list of overlooked clues could go on and on but eventually they realise them and discover their suspect at around the halfway point The rest of the book is mostly trying to prove that hedunit and working on discovering the motive against some half hearted pressure to stop from higher up In terms of a murder mystery it s rather lackingWhat really irritated me though was the way the female characters were presented In part this is of course deliberate the investigation unearths an underworld of misogyny western bourgeois decadence sexual blackmail and both sexual and emotional abuse The killer s attitude towards women is truly vile I expect to be disgusted at that though and I expect to be irritated by the way that women were viewed in communist China and not just there as primarily wives Party members or wanton seriously I should have done a tally for the amount of times the author usedmisused the word wanton What I didn t expect was to be so utterly skeeved out by the protagonists attitude towards women as well Oh he s not a vile abuser like the killer obviously not by any means He doesn t overtly sexualise and dehumanise women as nothing but objects but he does that sickening overly romantic poetic praise women are gentle flowers shit which is almost just as dehamanising and creepy The way he describes women s appearance in such flowery ways often accompanied by a Chinese love poem that the woman reminds him of or the way the author constantly feels the need to point out when a woman s t shirt is tight or her blouse is almost transparent or that her nipples are showing through the fabric Stop it stop it stop itThe scene where Chen first meets his love interest is just terrible He heroicly catches her as she trips over and the narration basically says that she need not have been embarrassed because Chen found her attractive and didn t mind the physical contact Not only clich but gross as well Like my embarrassment at tripping should be directly tied to whether the guy who helps me out finds me attractive NO Then there s the scene where he realises the witness he s about to interview is a prostitute thinks about showing his ID card but then decides he ll have an exotic Japanese foot massage first Yuck Meanwhile his coworker Yu is out interviewing another potential witness and when she doesn t want to speak to the police he falsely claims he has photos of her having sex and will release them to her employers Again yuck Oh and then I m meant to buy it when he is all outraged that her ex made exactly the same threats I wouldn t want eiher of these men as policemenI think I m meant to find Chen an intellectual romantic but I just can t Yes society seems to have taken a collective shit on women in this book but Chen s analysis is often totally misogynistic as well basically amounting to if women aren t married with children their lives must be miserable In part it is just a reflection of the time I can aknowledge that and that would actually have been interesting to explore But the way that Chen is so very obviously meant to be sympathetic and seems to be almost an author avatar at times they re both poets and members of the Chinese Writers Association made his interactions with women super awkward And uite frankly I just can t fell comfortable with a character when the third person limited perspective is so skeeveyWhich as I started off saying all contributes to me not feeling very much in the way of interest in Chief Inspector Chen He s meant to be a bright young thing An intellectual young police officer with a promising political career ahead and a private yearning for a normal family life Also everybody but everybody in the book thinks he s awesome and freely tells everyone else how awesome and promising he is But his constant poetical digressions slow an already slow book down and did nothing for me and he seemed almost completely disinterested in the case despite the narration freuently trying to convince me that it had taken over his life And a disinterested detective makes for a disinterested reader There s no real urgency to solve the murder for most of the book just endless descriptions about the changing structure of the communist party And if the author and the main character can t seem to bring themselves to care about the actual murder case the book is meant to be about why should IHaving said all that and I realise it s a lot of negaive stuff so than I expected when I started this review I ll repeat again it s not a bad book Lots of people far clever than I am think it s a very good book it just contains several elements that personally irritate andor bore me There was enough of a good idea here and when the book finally picked up enough good writing that I m not going to write iu Xiaolong off just yet Perhaps a lot of what I disliked can be ascribed to first novel nerves and the concept if not always the execution was very interesting I m not exactly going to go hunting down the rest of this series or anything but if I see one of them on the library shelf and I feel in the right mood I might just give it a go Now that the setting s been established he might start focussing on the story25 stars from me solidly in the middle Didn t particularly like it didn t really dislike it