The Courtesan: A Novel

The Courtesan: A Novel

By: Curry, Alexandra

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pp 400 hardback with paper dust jacket in very good condition; clean pages; sticker residue on front cover; slight rubbing on bottom of spine; brown board with red title on spineThe 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.

Title: The Courtesan: A Novel

Author Name: Curry, Alexandra

Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction,

Edition: 1st

Publisher: US, Dutton: 2015

ISBN Number: 0525955135

ISBN Number 13: 9780525955139

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used - Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Size: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches

Weight: 23.00 lbs

Seller ID: PGB586