Red Lotus #2020

Red Lotus By Pai Kit Fai Red Lotus A novel set in China in the s about Siu Sing the daughter of a Chinese mother and the foreign devil ship s captain who rescued her from death Raised until the age of twelve by an elderly Taoist s
  • Title: Red Lotus
  • Author: Pai Kit Fai
  • ISBN: 9781847440617
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Red Lotus By Pai Kit Fai A novel set in China in the 1920s about Siu Sing, the daughter of a Chinese mother and the foreign devil ship s captain who rescued her from death Raised until the age of twelve by an elderly Taoist sage who is master of the White Crane and trained as one of his last disciples, she is sold into slavery after he s assassinated After spending her teenage years in an opiumA novel set in China in the 1920s about Siu Sing, the daughter of a Chinese mother and the foreign devil ship s captain who rescued her from death Raised until the age of twelve by an elderly Taoist sage who is master of the White Crane and trained as one of his last disciples, she is sold into slavery after he s assassinated After spending her teenage years in an opium den, she begins a quest to find Ben Deverill, the father she never knew, and to reclaim her birthright.
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    About "Pai Kit Fai"

    1. Pai Kit Fai

      Pai Kit Fai is a pseudonym for Geoff Pike Geoff Pike is a British born, naturalized Australian writer.Born in Tottenham Middlesex, he took an all consuming interest in art and writing from the age of 3 His early years were spent in the German blitzkrieg of London and as an evacuee in the rural county of Essex His letter to President Roosevelt thanking him for Bundles for Britain , was chosen from all 12 year olds across Britain, and he won numerous awards for designing and headlining morale building posters for Britain s war effort.At 14 he entered the naval training ship Indefatigable, and went to sea in 1945 aged 15 Temporarily blinded in the Persian Gulf from sunstroke in 1947, he jumped ship in Sydney and spent 2 years in the Australian Outback, breaking horses, felling trees and sailing aboard deep sea trawlers An adventurous youth made the works of Jack London, Ernest Hemmingway and Banjo Patterson essential reading he began selling his cartoons and short stories to Country newspapers in 1950.After several years at sea in the Caribbean, he joined the British army at the outbreak of war with Korea to become a Regimental Drill Sergeant, returning to Australia as an immigrant in 1954 Working his way through art school, he became an illustrator and newspaper cartoonist This led to two highly successful careers the first in animated films as a pioneer of Australian animation first to introduce animated educational films to Asia and first to produce and direct US co production with Paramount Pictures.The second in International advertising, much of it establishing Western products and services in Asian markets Over a period of 30 years, he held the position of Regional Creative Director for the world s leading Ad agencies, receiving every international Industry Award, plus the prestigious H K McCann Award for creative excellence and outstanding leadership.Whilst living in Hong Kong, he met and married the granddaughter of Sir Robert Kotewall, one of the British Colony s most famously prominent founders He began fulltime writing in 1973, winning the A R Writers s Fellowship with a debut novel trilogy, based on his early adventures The Best selling trilogy was chosen as Odham s Book of the Month Club in London from Pan Paperback, and Dymock s Book of the Month Club in Australia In 1977 while resident in Manila, he was diagnosed with throat cancer a keen student of Chinese martial arts and traditional Oriental medicine, he rejected surgery for the development of ancient methods of breath training.Success in beating the disease and now a Master of Chi Kung, the challenge led to his internationally best selling non fiction book Live Longer Love longer The Power Of Ch i , followed by three in the series Fascinated by a life lived in Asia and the history of Hong Kong and China, he published The Second Sunrise and Tiger Dawn, both novels set in the Far East These were read by one of New York s most sought after Literary Agents, Albert Zuckerman, Founder of Writer s House on 5th Avenue.Their work together produced a novel of the same genre, The Concubine s Daughter, published by St Martin s Press in November 2009, and Red Lotus, published by Sphere, London in December 2009.

    903 thoughts on “Red Lotus”

    1. I probably would have liked this book better if it had been better researched, but I kept tripping over factual errors The author claims his background in martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine gave him enough information to write a book on Chinese history, but he should have done formal research if he intended this to be historical fiction In the novel, he states that Macao was ceded to Portugal because the Portuguese defeated the pirate Koxinga, but Koxinga died in 1662 and Macao was c [...]


    2. So many complaints about this book 1 This book is supposedly historical fiction, but it doesn t have nearly enough history This story could have taken place in almost any time during recent ish Chinese history I picked this up because I wanted to read about Hong Kong in the 1900s, but this story really didn t have much to do with that specific time period WWII is only hinted at becoming a threat or Hong Kong, for that matter And the ending takes this book into fantasy territory, which isn t real [...]


    3. Please note that my thoughts on this book contain spoilers.Well, those of you who read my thoughts on books will know that I absolutely LOVE it when a book contains racism, discrimination and misogyny Let me tell youis was a heady mixture of all three.I don t even know where to start with this book There were so many things that pissed me off I nearly stopped reading it several times, but it was like a massive multi car pile up on the highway I couldn t stop myself from rubbernecking.Let s start [...]


    4. Wow this was a book I couldn t put down it was one of the most consuming stories I have read in a long time highly recommended Altho, I am always highly amused to read the posted reviews anywhere from 1 to 5 stars it s true that we all have different tastes Anyway, the story is about three generations of Chinese women Pai Ling, Li Xia, and Sui Sing who are all raised in the male dominated society of China during the early 1900s where women are treated as casually as unwanted kittens Pai Ling is [...]


    5. Fai s novel presents us with three women the concubine who barely makes an appearance before dying giving birth , her daughter Li Xia, and Li Xia s daughter Siu Sing Set in rural China from the early 20th century to 1940, these women lead the hard lives of the poor and powerless Horrible people seek to control their lives fortunately, good people shelter them, teach them, and give them hope All three women are intent on becoming scholars, not the playthings of men In this place and time, it s a [...]


    6. At times the story did move a little slow, but over all this was a great book I am glad that I have chance to read and review it It starts with the story of Pai Ling who is a concubine in the house of a man who already has 3 wives She also has the bound lotus feet that men of that time found so attractive When she gives birth to a daughter he takes the baby out to bury it alive and Pai Ling kills herself The father sees a fox fairy though and does not not kill the child he names Li Xia She is st [...]


    7. An epic tale spanning three generations of headstrong women damned to suffer the worst and most bizarre of fates An Orientalist novel through and through, with requisite themes of foot binding, human trafficking, prostitution, female homoerotic encounters masquerading as intimate friendship, geishas, kungfu and silkworms The author is British, despite his Chinese name His research involves travelling extensively to the Far East in his youth, and possibly entering teahouses where girls played the [...]


    8. Reviewed At Mama Kucing Meow The Concubine s Daughter by Pai Kit FaiReviewed on 13 February 2011I love the first part of this book very much Li Xia s plight was very real and vivid I was really depressed to read of the cruelty of the people against her.But the same cannot applies to the part of her daughter, Siu Sing It seems so far fetch and like a scene out of those Hong Kong TVB Kungfu Drama where one go to learn martial arts up the mountains As suddenly as she was whisked up the mountain, sh [...]


    9. I have to admit that I struggled to make it through 50 pages of this book before I put it aside.I ve read and loved books many historical fiction books about the East including The Joy Luck Club, Tai Pan, Shogun, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Bonesetter s Daughter, etc but this one failed to engage me from the start The characters were flat caricatures I never felt I was fully inside any one before we switched to a different person s POV The historical details seemed to be jammed into the story, as i [...]


    10. First off, can I say I love Li Xia Siu Sing s names I am Chinese too and I think Siu Sing a Cantonese name if I m not wrong translates into Xiao Xing in Mandarin, literally Little Star DAnyway, I am very impressed by the quality of writing in this book Pai Kit Fai has written a really spellbounding book, with detailed and beautiful and sometimes ugly descriptions of all the places and people, grand or dilapidated, beautiful or hideous, these three generations of strong women have been to or seen [...]


    11. This is an epic story I couldn t put down spanning the lives of three generations of Chinese women Pai Ling is sold to a spice farmer by a once prosperous family escaping Shanghai, but we barely get to know her as the story moves on to the life of her daughter Li Xia This part of the story at Ten Willows silk factory I loved the most and it really moved me, it could have been a book on it s own The final part of the story sees the granddaughter Siu Sing picking up the pieces to honour her father [...]


    12. I feel like reading this book again It was one of my early deep stories so its very close to my hearti remember I really liked the writing but then again it was post Enid Blyton and Dahl So you never know p


    13. I really enjoyed reading Red Lotus how the Chinese people believe and worship the different Gods I felt was quite magical and have put this in my bucket list to travel to the far east and see some of the wonderful temples Pai Kit Fai describes This book holds you to the end.


    14. The Concubine s Daughter 978 0 312 35521 0I was excited about The Concubine s Daughter because the teaser write up compared it to one of my favorite novels in recent memory, Memoirs of a Geisha Unfortunately, The Concubine s Daughter is not, in my opinion, anything like Memoirs of a Geisha , and the best comparison I can offer is that it feels like a bare bones, watered down attempt at an Amy Tan novel Memoirs of a Geisha , for all its faults, was populated by human beings, not caricatures It wa [...]


    15. This book is historical fiction set in China, but there is really no indication what the time period is The book has beautiful descriptions of practically everything Most people may not enjoy this, but I did The writing style was average, and there were some interesting things I picked up, like the century egg With a different story, I might actually have got immersed in the book.But in spite of good writing and some enjoyable descriptions, this book is not very believable I don t believe the au [...]


    16. This novel is my first giveaway win I was very excited about this book arriving, however, I m not sure it lived up to my expectations or the description provided.The first part of the story, about Li Xia, the concubine s daughter, I very much enjoyed I know that many of the characters lacked depth or were too black and white, but there were moments of nuance and insight that helped to progress the story and the development of the main character I couldn t help cheering for her, feeling for her, [...]


    17. I wish I could have had of some parts of this book and less of others The fact that this book is split up between two separate stories that of the mother and that of the daughter resulted in somewhat of a disjointed feeling I think the author could have combined the two stories together into a dynamic story line I feel like she rushed through certain parts, leaving them with a half formulated feel, in an attempt to cram in a whole lot of unneeded stuff With that said, there are certain parts o [...]


    18. There was a lot about this book I enjoyed it was well written and fairly engaging, but ultimately I think it failed in a lot of ways The author s distaste for ancient Chinese society is in some ways tangible I thought it was pretty uncomfortable that almost every Chinese man is portrayed as in some way evil, but meanwhile the Western men are all kind, gentle and loving Many of the twists of fortune both women experienced seemed implausible and unnecessary, their strength is always emphasized in [...]


    19. I enjoyed reading this book because the subject of women girls in China is really interesting to me But I thought that, of all of the books I ve read on this subject, this is the most poorly written The characters are really one dimensional, and there is a bunch of stuff that just doesn t make sense The three generations of girls in this book speak think in a manner totally inappropriate for their age The author describes thoughts, conversations and actions of 7 10 year old girls that just would [...]


    20. Three words for this novel Over The Top Fai the psuedonym of Geoffrey Morgan Pike is a scholar of holistic medicine and a martial arts master, so he should something about Chinese culture He probably does, but that did not translate into good writing in this case This novel deals with three generations of Chinese women and every conceivable facet of Chinese life from 1906 to 1941 Unfortunately, Fai chose to feature the details that Westerners would find most juicy, sensational and dramatic, and [...]


    21. My first book won from Yeah Free book I really enjoyed the writing and the descriptions of colors, sounds, and textures The story itself was well written and kept my interest There were peaks and valleys of emotions, which made the stories of the concubine, her daughter and granddaughter all the dramatic and interesting I did not like the character of Ruby and was put off by some of the scenes with her, they just seemed unlikely and sort of bordered on child abuse But, having said that, those s [...]


    22. Something about the book was too similar to the others in this category, Chinese historical fiction,the stilted way that its written , and the roles of women, which are confined by the context naturally.Differences were that a female character becomes a martial art expert on a spiritual level with the ability to kick ass, but of course she ends up in a woman s establishment before she can use this higher power to solve her problems often fascinating and easy to read but because i sometimes had t [...]


    23. I definitely enjoyed the first half of this book as it dealt with Li Xia I am was not so into the Siu Sing Li Xia s daughter half I felt like a lot of the interactions were forced between Siu Sing and her enemy, and the story did not flow well I am not sure why Ruby was even included in the story I felt like the author was trying to write some mystical Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon scene with Siu Sing and I was completely bored by it Pat Kit Fai should talk to his editor as there were so many m [...]


    24. What a waste this book had so much promise I read through it quickly thinking the story just HAD to get better it never did LAME LAME LAME This book technically should have been broken into two perhaps that would have given them time to weave the story in a less obvious manner and connect a few points Darn such a good idea that could have been so much better



    25. Four stars given for the beautiful writing style which I absolutely loved, the descriptions of rural China made me want to climb on a plane The story travels through rural China and onto Macao and Hong Kong The story was interesting, following three generations of strong women and their fight for survival I enjoyed reading not only the central characters story but those secondary characters around them also My only big quibble with the story itself was that I found it quite noticeable that all t [...]


    26. Nie mog przesta my le o ksi ce, kt rej opis spoileruje niemal po ow samej ksi ki Powie zaczyna a si wspaniale By a niezwyk ym i orientalnym wprowadzeniem do mitologii chi skiej, to wierze tamtejszych ludzi i tego, jak funkcjonowa o spo ecze stwo I w a nie, to by pocz tek Tajemniczy, magiczny i niezwyk y, z czasem jednak g wna bohaterka stawa a si za doros a Mimo e by a dzieckiem, jej my li i s owa wykracza y daleko poza wiek Jednak mimo wszystko ksi k nadal si czyta o, dop ki nie pojawi si dobry [...]


    27. So many things were wrong with this book starting with the authors decision to write under a Chinese pseudonym Also on my particular book the back blurb was clearly not written by someone who read the book as there are multiple errors I wanted to like it but as others said no real character development meant I couldn t really care for the characters and their motivations did not add up to their ages at all It was somewhat entertaining but not good.


    28. I gave this 3 stars because it was a good story but so much descriptive detail that I found myself skimming over pages.The writing, when I did take time to read each word, was beautiful amazing description.Too many different Chinese names to remember and try to pronounce in my head.But an exciting story, at times hard to put down especially after 200 pages


    29. I enjoyed reading this book because the characters were very lifelike and well developed I related to their emotions in many parts of the story I also liked how well described the setting was I could create a clear picture in my mind of what it looked like The only thing I did not like about the story is the violent scenes This kind of action just doesn t appeal to me as a reader.


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