All the Flowers in Shanghai #2020

All the Flowers in Shanghai By Duncan Jepson All the Flowers in Shanghai All the Flowers in Shanghai is Jepson s stunning debut novel Set in s Shanghai the Paris of the East but where following the path of duty still takes precedence over personal desires a young Chi
  • Title: All the Flowers in Shanghai
  • Author: Duncan Jepson
  • ISBN: 9780062081605
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • All the Flowers in Shanghai By Duncan Jepson
    All the Flowers in Shanghai By Duncan Jepson All the Flowers in Shanghai is Jepson s stunning debut novel Set in 1930s Shanghai,the Paris of the East, but where following the path of duty still takes precedence over personal desires, a young Chinese woman named Feng finds herself in an arranged marriage to a wealthy businessman In the enclosed world of her new household a place of public ceremony and private crueltAll the Flowers in Shanghai is Jepson s stunning debut novel Set in 1930s Shanghai,the Paris of the East, but where following the path of duty still takes precedence over personal desires, a young Chinese woman named Feng finds herself in an arranged marriage to a wealthy businessman In the enclosed world of her new household a place of public ceremony and private cruelty she learns that, above all else, she must bear a male heir Ruthless and embittered by the life that has been forced on her, Feng seeks revenge by doing the unthinkable Years later, she must come to a reckoning with the decisions she has made to assure her place in family and society, before the entire country is caught up in the fast flowing tide of revolution.
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    About “Duncan Jepson

    • Duncan Jepson

      Duncan Jepson is the award winning director, producer and writer of five feature films He also produced documentaries for Discovery Channel Asia and National Geographic Channel He was the editor of the Asia based fashion magazine West East and a founder and managing editor of Asia Literary Review He is a social commentator on Asia and regularly writes for The New York Times, Publishing Perspectives and South China Morning Post A lawyer by profession, he lives in Hong Kong.His first novel, All the Flowers in Shanghai was a bestseller He also co storied the graphic novel, Darkness outside the Night with Xie Peng and is currently writing a crime series due to be published by Quercus The first title, Emperors Once More will be published in March 2014.For details of charities that Duncan runs libertyasiafacebook ProjectShareDuncan Jepson is represented by Peony Literary Agency

    929 thoughts on “All the Flowers in Shanghai

    • As quoted by the Chinese Communist revolutionary leader and the founding father of the People s Republic of China, Mao Tse Tung, commonly called Chairman Mao, In class society, everyone lives as a member of a particular class, and every kind of thinking, without exception, is stamped with the brand of a class Well no wonder why the middle class Chinese families in the 1930s were so keen on becoming the face of the society or, rather say a class society, thus leading to animosity between the poor [...]


    • 3.5 starsAs I was looking for a book to fill the J entry for my A to Z Challenge, I came across Duncan Jepson s debut novel All the Flowers in Shanghai and in reading the summary, I decided to add this one to my list for this challenge Perhaps it is due to my Chinese background and growing up surrounded by family stories about my culture and its rich history, but over the years, I ve developed a certain fondness for historical fiction set in China and since this book fell into that category base [...]


    • This books shares the story of a very young, very naive girl in pre revolution China, Feng She is the second born and all of her mother s energy has been poured into her elder sister Her mother longs to enter society and is using the marriage of her first daughter to try and achieve this goal When the seamstress comes to make the wedding dress Feng meets his son and imagines herself in love with him as she shares time with him in the family gardens.When her sister dies Feng is basically sold int [...]


    • While I ve never really had all that much interest in China I ve always been of a Japan girl , I have this weird fascination with books about China I LOVE reading about Chinese history and Red China and Mao Tse Tung and foot binding and, well, if it involves Chinese history in any way, I want to, have to read it So I of course jumped at the opportunity to review Duncan Jesper s first novel, All the Flowers in Shanghai.And mostly, I wasn t disappointed This story, written in letter format, is th [...]


    • Despite having finished All the Flowers in Shanghai several weeks ago, I have been finding it difficult to write a review, mostly because I wasn t quite sure how I felt about the book I requested this book fully aware that the premise was not a completely new one Also, while I have read many books set in China, especially dealing with the nature of relationships and the particular conditions experienced by women in that culture, I enjoy the genre and look forward to new stories along the same li [...]


    • Duncan Jepson s beautiful, debut novel is a marvelous journey, set in pre war, 1930s Shanghai to the cultural revolution of the 1960s, seen through the eyes of Xiao Feng The seventeen year old Feng lives a carefree life, spending her time in the back alleys with the untouchables and the garden with her grandfather, learning the Latin names of flowers.Feng s glamorous, older sister has been matched to marry the son of a wealthy Shanghai businessman However, her plans are thwarted when she becomes [...]


    • Unfortunately I still am attracted to books with fancy covers This was an interesting perspective of a woman living through an arranged marriage, before and after the major political changes in China before and after the cultural revolution The book is quite wordy, and not neccessarily wordy in the right places It is actually written as a memoir to the main character s daughter It appears to be a look into the life of a young woman forced into a lavish, but cold hearted rich family And she someh [...]


    • Much seemed to have been made about this book being written by a man Jepson did a good job in telling this story, but I have read other books about women by male authors who have done better One Thousand Splendid Suns comes quickly to mind The woman in the story slipped back and forth between memories, the present and her dreams and it was at times difficult to tell which was which I enjoyed the story of a young Chinese girl who was married off into a wealthy family I was glad to see her find he [...]


    • This first novel by Jepson gets off to a good start Feng, a teenage girl in 1930s Shanghai, has been ignored by her parents all her life Her mother has put all her attention and money into the older daughter, grooming her to marry into one of Shanghai s top families As the second daughter, Feng exists to never marry and to take care of her parent s in their old age Her grandfather, though, loves her and teaches her the Latin names of the plants in a public garden in Shanghai Here she meets Bi, a [...]


    • Thanks to Book of the Month Club for sending me this This first novel by Duncan Jepson is outstanding It is written as a letter to an abandoned daughter and is heartbreaking, but tells the story of China in the early twentieth century with such wonderful detail that I fell in love with it It is rare that I scream at the end of a book, but I did this one It just seemed impossible that I could leave these characters behind without knowing their future But that is what Mr Jepson does and with great [...]


    • The beginning was promising but then everything took a nosedive Among other things, it turned out that the main character, who is portrayed as a child in the beginning, is actually 16 or 17 The rest of the narrative is a bit overly dramatic The main character is impulsive and not particularly believable Among other things, the book is set in the early twentieth century when China still had a feudal system The main character comes across as fairly modern in her thinking and expectations, but the [...]


    • I rated this book 2 This is a novel of cultural s and betrayals Up until she is seventeen, Feng has been taught her obligation in life is to care for her aging parents Without any considerations of her desires or preparation, Feng is thrust into the haughty suffocating world of upper class Shanghai in the 1930s Feeling betrayed by those she thought loved her and hoping to avoid a life of humiliation, Feng puts in place, a plan of revenge, and this is the story the readers will follow.Despite the [...]


    • My mother, who needs to update her books, said that this book is disappointing I agree.Here s why 1 Mom and I have read 80 billion books about China and Chinese history I m guessing that we are very familiar with these types of stories and are a bit picky We want to learn something new We are hard core readers of the genre and we expect People who are not familiar with Chinese culture or history might enjoy this book .2 The author doesn t really focus on the Communist period All of a sudden, it [...]


    • Wow I am still thinking about this book So, that is an obvious indicator that it was a great book with incredible writing WARNING SPOILERS BELOW But reader beware There are NO likable characters in this book I also find it hard to believe that THAT many horrible things happened to one person in the space of 4 years or less Many horrible things, yes But not ONE postive, wonderful thng really She began the book as such a wonderful, sweet,loving person It s hard for me to believe that she would bec [...]


    • This book makes me miss my BordersI would have had tons of customers who I would have recommended this book for summer vacation reading Rather easy and quick, but I still enjoyed the character development Well doned the author got a women s voice in very clever ways.



    • I ll read anything about 1930s Shanghai So I was naturally drawn to Duncan Jepson s debut novel, All the Flowers in Shanghai I was impressed by the way it transcends several eras in modern Chinese history the rigid imperial family structure, the roaring decadence of 1930s Shanghai, and the Communist Revolution good and bad, but mostly bad The main character, Feng, is a shy girl from an upper middle class family that aims to marry into a wealthy family Feng s sister, simply named Sister, is groom [...]


    • I m sort of baffled about this book A historical novel set in 1930s Shanghai, the story follows Feng, a naive and excessively innocent woman forced into an arranged marriage with a powerful family The resulting marriage twists her in to a different kind of woman, and we follow her transformation through the 40s and the Chinese Revolution.This rich historical setting felt like a total waste as the novel is really about Feng s sexual education and the way her marriage warps her, causing her to bec [...]



    • I love this book, it was like a dumpling for my reading soul It was hot enough to keep me wanting to read it all the time, and delicious in content to keep my mind in it I throughly enjoy the book and was surprise with it being the writer s debut novel The book inspire me to have a bit of courage myself against family politics and I feel better because of it That s how strong I related to the book and the writing style is Give it a taste, you won t regret your time with this Shanghai girl.


    • Enjoyed reading this book very much Very interesting storyline.A few things that didn t click for me however.The main character is 17 years old, yet until you are told that, I saw her as being about ten In addition, the changes in her character were a little less believable Suddenly she seems to switch from being totally naive to a savvy manipulative woman It didn t make sense.Howevere storyline was enjoyable, and I did have fun reading it Still worthy of four stars I believe.


    • Put me in a rotten mood I admit it was well written, and that the author wanted to educate and make a point, but it was so depressing and the main character self destructive, that I just didn t enjoy it at all I ended up finishing it as fast as I could, just to find out how it ended and be done with it.




    • 3.5 Stars All the Flowers in Shanghai tells the story of Feng, a young woman living in the tradition bound China of the 1930s When Feng is forced into an arranged marriage, she becomes bitter and full of hatred, ultimately making a life changing decision that will haunt her forever I always love reading about Asian countries, especially those set in modern history This was an interesting book in that I was partly rooting for the main character whilst also hating her a little bit too Some of the [...]


    • I found the book in an open library in my city The cover is beautiful, and I had to take the book because of thatbut this book is so much than the cover It is a vivid and sensual glimpse into a period of Chinese history that has often fascinated me I enjoyed following the journey of the central character through her times For anyone who enjoys good historical fiction period pieces, or deeply cultivated stories, or books set in China, I would recommend this book fully A delicious read.


    • Eh, I m not really sure if I care about this book enough to write an insightful review While overall the novel was OK, I was happy when it ended and I could move on to something entertaining This is a somewhat interesting story about a happy young girl growing up in 1930s Shanghai whose arranged marriage transforms her into a bitter and selfish woman A promising book that didn t deliver Seems like there s something missing in the story and it definitely lacks details.


    • The book is written in the form of a memoir by the main character, for her daughter I had little sympathy for her, and while it is a good story, but I felt it was missing something However, it held my attention and I would recommend it as a beach read book.


    • This was my first historical fiction book covering China I found it to be so incredibly powerful in its depiction of both woman and motherhood It was heart wrenching It made me sad, angry, and empathetic all at the same time Incredibly well written Worth your time


    • I really wanted to like this book than I did I found it hard to read sometimes, the story lagged I know details are important, but sometimes they can be overkill.


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