Our protagonist is Stevie Steiber, an American journalist in Hong Kong who throws herself into in this new culture. Harry Field is a spy in the uniform of a British army major. She is not sterotyped but could have been mis-typecast as a free-wheeling opium smoking columnist. A British intelligence officer and an American woman with an unconventional lifestyle were sure to draw attention. Well researched despite a few errors eg fruit bearing peach trees in hong kong in January.
. It ought to be one star. It is a first novel for this author and was a good read, a story that kept me involved, very sad at times to see the effect of war on the lives of individuals. One of them is Stevie's Chinese partner Jishang with whom she publishes a supposedly non-partisan political magazine. I can't believe that this book is over. I thought she was amazing because we see so many sides to her and I love her ending.
Their love story is set among the British colony in 1940 Hong Kong, soon to be over-run by the Japanese. One of them is Stevie's Chinese partner Jishang with whom she publishes a supposedly non-partisan political magazine. Much depends upon the reader accepting the portrait of the volatile opium-smoking Stevie: volatile to the point of violent swings of character in a few seconds, arrogantly offensive then penitent. I thought she was amazing because we see so many sides to her and I love her ending. In this story not everyone is brave and not everyone is going to survive; wondering who will, and how, is what kept me reading to the last page.
It seems that most are oblivious to the oncoming threat of the Japanese and when they take the island, everything is thrown into chaos. Had the potential for more intrigue. Subplots are taken up and abandoned along the way as if the author was trying to find something substantial to latch onto but never quite achieving it. Harry Field is a spy in the uniform of a British army major. Patience does pay off though and soon we lear When I first began to read The Harbour, I felt worried. It showcases the ways in which life must go on, even under occupation and also the ways in which life can go terribly wrong.
He is intrigued by the recent arrival of Jishang, a sophisticated Chinese publisher who owns a controversial political magazine. They were both attached when they began their affair and seemed to both have callous disregard for their partners. Hastiada de este empleo, lo que en realidad anhela es escribir un libro sobre las hermanas Soong, que la granjee un mayor reconocimiento y que permita que el mundo la contemple como una escritora seria. Anyway, I thought there were some evocative descriptions of Hong Kong and Shanghai, but I couldn't sympathise with the main characters. En la segunda parte, vivimos de lleno lo que la guerra supone para la población, poniendo especial atención a la brutalidad de la invasión japonesa. But then the invasion came, and this became something more that a love story in a historical setting.
In post production Screenwriting credits include: Titanic:Blood and Steel The Marvellous Mabel Stark The Riders Inspector Lynley Mysteries The Bait Bare Hands, Stray A Great And Terrible Beauty The Red Room Novel: The Harbour, published worldwide by Bloomsbury. But Field is a slightly different situation and I did find the circumstances a little less than romantic. It also introduces us to Stevie, American journalist married - apparently for convenienc This book looked so much my cup of tea on the surface, but I found it an immense disappointment - stunning and utterly compelling it really wasn't. Hastiada de este empleo, lo que en realidad anhela es escribir un libro sobre las hermanas Soong, que la granjee un mayor reconocimiento y que permita que el mundo la contemple como una escritora seria. It falls onto the Japanese to provide much evil and drama to liven what is pretty much a plodding narrativr and old fashi A half hearted stab at orientalism before the American protaganist abandons her Asian lover? Their love story is set among the British colony in 1940 Hong Kong, soon to be over-run by the Japanese.
It ought to be one star. Via Stevie and Harry we see the landscape and culture through eyes of outsiders. Th I really wanted to like this book more than I did but in the main it was rather a laborious read only really picking up well over halfway through. This book looked so much my cup of tea on the surface, but I found it an immense disappointment - stunning and utterly compelling it really wasn't. Nevertheless, nor he or Stevie can help themselves and after Jishang goes back to China, leaving Stevie to continue research for her book, they fall into an affair.
The more I learned about Stevie, the more I grew to admire her feistiness and her determination. It is the summer of 1940, and for Stevie Steiber, a young American journalist in Hong Kong, the war raging in Europe is a world away. What will they sacrifice to stay alive, and how far will they go to protect each other? Stevie, the protagonist, is whisked away from a day at Happy Valley racecourse by her Chinese husband Jishang to meet a Chinese matriarch. Then I saw the terrible changes wrought by the occupying forces. The book is separated into three parts.
Well researched despite a few errors eg fruit bearing peach trees in hong kong in January. For the reckless young journalist Stevie Steiber, days at the Happy Valley racecourse slip into dangerous, hedonistic nights. Now she is attempting to undertake a serious project — the story of three influential sisters. A journalist, she has mostly written glitzty gossipy columns, keeping people updated on the glamorous days of Happy Valley racecourse. We need more love stories like this. As a former history teacher the brutality of some of the scenes was not unexpected, but still were very shockingly graphic.