My Splendid Concubine

My Splendid Concubine Our Hart Elegy for a Concubine the sequel to My Splendid Concubine continues the love story that Robert Hart did not want the world to discover It is well known that behind every great man there i

  • Title: My Splendid Concubine
  • Author: Lloyd Lofthouse Anchee Min
  • ISBN: 9780981955308
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine, the sequel to My Splendid Concubine, continues the love story that Robert Hart did not want the world to discover It is well known that behind every great man, there is a woman In Robert s case, that woman was his concubine, Ayaou She remained a mystery for than a century Robert arrived in China in 1854 By 1908, he was the godfathOur Hart, Elegy for a Concubine, the sequel to My Splendid Concubine, continues the love story that Robert Hart did not want the world to discover It is well known that behind every great man, there is a woman In Robert s case, that woman was his concubine, Ayaou She remained a mystery for than a century Robert arrived in China in 1854 By 1908, he was the godfather of China s modernization The Ch ing Dynasty called him Our Hart In Dragon Lady, Sterling Seagrave wrote, By early May, he had a sleep in dictionary, his concubine, Ayaou Ayaou was barely past puberty but was wise beyond her years In 1875, Robert described Ayaou as one of the most amiable and sensible people imaginable, while casting himself blackly as a fool Praise for My Splendid ConcubineMy Splendid Concubine won honorable mentions in fiction at the 2008 London Book Festival, 2009 San Francisco Book Festival, and the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival My Splendid Concubine is packed cover to cover with intriguing characters and plot, a must read for historical fiction fans and a fine addition to any collection on the genre Midwest Book Review Online A fascinating illumination of nineteenth century Chinese culture and the complex Englishman Robert Hart, the father of China s modernization Hart s struggles adapting to Chinese culture, always feeling the pull and force of his Victorian British background, are compelling His relationships with his concubine and his concubine s sister are poignant the novel is as much a study of the complexities of love as it is anything else A powerful novel Judge of 2008 Writer s Digest Self Published Book Awards

    My Splendid Concubine Home Page My Splendid Concubine is the love story that Sir Robert Hart did not want to the world to discover He was the only foreigner the Emperor of China trusted About the Author My Splendid Concubine by Lloyd Lofthouse My Splendid Concubine is a biographical novel about the life of Robert Hart, a British official in China Born in Ireland, while he attended university, he gained a reputation for his rampant sexual escapades, despite his strict religious upbringing. My Splendid Concubine Lloyd Lofthouse Mar , My Splendid Concubine by Lloyd Lofthouse is about Robert Hart The bare facts are that in , Hart left Ireland under a cloud for China to fill the role of interpreter for the British consulate The bare facts are that in , Hart left Ireland under a cloud for China to fill the role of interpreter for the British consulate. My Splendid Concubine Kindle edition by Lloyd Lofthouse Jan , My Splendid Concubine Kindle edition by Lloyd Lofthouse Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading My Splendid Concubine. My Splendid Concubine by Lloyd Lofthouse, Paperback My Splendid Concubine, a Novel by Lloyd Lofthouse, is the portrayal of Sir Robert Harts early years in China during the mid th Century Not much is actually known of those years as Hart reportedly burned his diaries which would chronicle those events. My Splendid Concubine Lloyd Lofthouse Jan , About the Author Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of the award winning novels My Splendid Concubine and Running with the Enemy His short story, A Night at the Well of Purity was named a finalist in the Chicago Literary Awards His wife is Anchee Min, the author of Red Azalea , a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Customer reviews My Splendid Concubine Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for My Splendid Concubine at Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. My Splendid Concubine by Lofthouse Lloyd for sale online My Splendid Concubine by Lofthouse, Lloyd A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition All pages are intact, and the cover is intact The spine may show signs of wear Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions At ThriftBooks, our motto is Read More, Spend Less.

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    1. Lloyd Lofthouse Anchee Min

      Lloyd joined the United States Marines and served in Vietnam in 1966 as a field radio operator Soon after graduating with a BA in journalism from Fresno State University, California, Lloyd started teaching English, literature, reading and journalism in the public schools from 1975 to 2005 Along the way, he enjoyed working as a maitre d in a multi million dollar nightclub and taught himself to count cards where he made some money in Las Vegas If Lloyd stuck to what he learned about counting cards, he always left Vegas with money than he arrived with.

    573 thoughts on “My Splendid Concubine”

    1. Writing a book is hard. As a writer, I know how difficult it is to put the pen to paper and put what you have to say out there for the world to see and then be ripped apart. I try to be fair in my reviews and, even when they aren't very good, look for the positive and leave the choice of whether or not to read the book up to my readers. My reviews are my opinion - nothing more.But sometimes, you come across a book that is so bad that it becomes a moral duty to spare others the pain of reading it [...]


    2. I was a bit disappointed with this book. I had high hopes for it but found it really lacking. I thought it would be about Hart's life in China, his work, how he became so valued by the Chinese government, etc. It was primarily about Hart's constant struggle with his religious beliefs and the keeping of concubines.I thought this would just be one part of the story but instead it overpowered everything else. I didn't need some of the detailed descriptions of Hart's sexual encounters to understand [...]


    3. It's very curious that the author chose to concentrate on Hart's sex life when no one considers that the most interesting thing about him. His bringing Western business sensibilities to the Eastern world certainly would have been more engaging. i would have expected more poetic prose about his taste for Orientals from an Irishman like Hart than just bald mentions of physical attraction.


    4. This most amazing book took me on a journey that was deep, vivid, and brilliantly written.I felt like I was part of the exotic odyssey of Sir Robert Hart, the 19th century British Inspector General of China's Customs Service. So well-written was the book, I was there, side-by-side with Hart, discovering the Chinese culture along with him, learning about the joys and dangers of colonial China just as Hart learns of them.Because author Lloyd Lofthouse is a master at infusing fact with story, mixin [...]


    5. Beyond awful. I cannot imagine anything worse than pretentious sex unless it is pretentious and delusional writing from the first page to the last.


    6. The Concubine Saga is a fictional of account of a real person, Robert Hart. He was was a British consular official in China, who served as the second Inspector General of China's Imperial Maritime Custom Service from 1863 to 1911. He was born in Ireland but left in disgrace as a young man. He evidently was a very sexual young man and was unable to control his desires, according to his religious upbringing he went to China after he was awarded the position of student interpreter in the China cons [...]


    7. My Splendid Concubine is a biographical novel about the life of Robert Hart, a British official in China. Born in Ireland, while he attended university, he gained a reputation for his rampant sexual escapades, despite his strict religious upbringing. His father intervened, put a stop to his womanizing, and arranged a post for him as a student interpreter in China. There he met, rescued, and fell in love with Ayaou, a young teen who, with her two sisters, were being sold into slavery/prostitution [...]


    8. A fascinating trip into a lost world, Lofthouse does a great job taking us back in time to a beautiful, almost mythical China. But Lofthouse doesn't shy away from balancing the romantic with the reality. We are not spared the poverty, violence, colonial or sexual exploitation.His protagonist, Robert Hart, is an engaging character, caught between the morals of his religious Irish background, and his unquenchable thirst to understand the ancient Chinese culture. Sometimes it’s hard to understand [...]


    9. This book is a fictionalized account of Robert Hart who was known as the 'Godfather of China's modernism'. Hart was born and raised in Ireland . In 1954 we went to China to work for the British Consulate as an interpreter.Robert Hart was set on making up for his days of drinking and womanizing in Ireland. He went to China to prove himself and "grow up." When faced with the possibility of getting a concubine for himself, he felt quite conflicted. However, it was what men did in China, even most o [...]


    10. When I first started to read this story, I found it a little difficult to read because I felt so dismayed over the the way of life of the Chinese and the men's treatment of their women. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to stomach it and continue. But I did continue and I'm glad I did.As Robert first comes to China, I could only imagine the culture shocked he experienced. But he certainly embraces their way of life quickly and as the story unfolds he comes into power that is just incredible. [...]


    11. This could have been a 'splendid' biography of Sir Robert Hart, a British ex-pat who had an illustrious career in China starting in the British consulate and becoming the Inspector general of China. He was renowned for his diplomatic and managerial skills and was fluent in mandarin and customs of China. However the book reads like some kind of soft porn with his concubines and only touches on what life in China would have been like in the late 1800's. I go fed up reading about his erect member.


    12. I loved this work of historical fiction. THe author details everyday life in China in the 1850-60s and the clash in culture between the west and the east. The love story is fascinating as Robert tries to meld his love for a Chinese girl and his Western values. His rise in power also reveals how astute and insightful Hart is. I read about his actual accomplishments and it is stunning what this man did for China and the west. Hard to tell how much is based on truth - but it certainly reads true. A [...]



    13. Fans of historical fiction literature might be astonished to realize that in author James Michener’s vast catalog of titles, not one of his 40+ best-sellers takes place in China. Despite the wandering scribbler’s voracious appetite for geography and history, and claiming “the world is my home,” apparently the 9.5 million sq. km 5,000 year-old China was a bit much for the late Michener to take on in his twilight years. Whether this is due to China’s notorious cultural and geographical i [...]


    14. Fans of historical fiction literature might be astonished to realize that in author James Michener’s vast catalog of titles, not one of his 40+ best-sellers takes place in China. Despite the wandering scribbler’s voracious appetite for geography and history, and claiming “the world is my home,” apparently the 9.5 million sq. km 5,000 year-old China was a bit much for the late Michener to take on in his twilight years.Whether this is due to China’s notorious cultural and geographical in [...]


    15. It took me six months to read this book because I always found something better to read. Because it is a novel based on a real life Irish man who lived and worked in China in the late 19th century I wanted to finish it for the historical aspect. I am sure there are better historical fiction novels about China available. First criticism, way too long. Other criticisms, choppy writing, poor editing, unrealistic characters. I did however, appreciate the knowledge of Chinese culture that shines thro [...]


    16. I'm sorry to say that this is probably the worst book I have ever read. I finished it because we were reading it for book club, and that is the only reason. It is really awful. Please, don't read this book.


    17. Culture clashI gave this book three stars because the story of the Chinese culture was interesting. I also enjoyed the glimpse of the history of the time. I found the writing a bit repetitive.


    18. I didn't know anything about Chinese history so this was very interesting to me. But it should have been two books or edited drastically. Way too long.


    19. Would that we had more people like Robert Hart in charge of getting things done. This description of China makes it far more memorable than history textbooks.


    20. West meets EastA revealing look into the heart and mind of a westerner discovering China and the journey that transformed his life and so many others.


    21. My Splendid Concubine is set in 19th century China, as seen through the eyes of Robert Hart, an Irishman posted to Ningpo by the British civil service as an interpreter. The main part of the story covers about a decade, starting in 1854 as he arrives. A brief epilogue narrates his final departure in 1908.Hart is a fascinating character, who became completely enamoured with Chinese culture and devoted his life to it. At the start this focused on tackling the immediate human horror of opium addict [...]


    22. I could NOT finish this book. Every time I found myself about to snuggle up and read I dreaded having to sit down with this sorry piece of literature. Why you ask? Three reasons:1) The poor attempt at feminism: Good try. But just having the main character says he's disgusted that Chinese women are treated like property is not enough. Then to go and have said main character buy two women of his own? It brings forth to mind, the appropriate and always poignant expression, "wtf?".The White man is q [...]


    23. I gave this book 3stars because the historical parts were very interesting but the rest was not so hot. It is set in China in the 19th century when China was first being opened to foreign trade. Not a pretty time. The protagonist, Robert Hart, has come to China to escape is womanizing and drinking problem. He is an interpreter for the English. He falls in love with a boat girl whose father is selling her. Through her and others he comes to truly love the Chinese culture and work to try to preser [...]


    24. My Splendid Concubine by Lloyd LofthouseThree Clover PressTrade Paperback250 pagesHistorical FictionMy Splendid Concubine by Lloyd Lofthouse is about Robert Hart. The bare facts are that in 1854, Hart left Ireland under a cloud for China to fill the role of interpreter for the British consulate. He immersed himself into the Chinese culture and learned the language and Chinese thinking so well that he was the first foreigner to become the Inspector General of China’s Customs Service. He lived i [...]


    25. Ayaou, Shao-mei, Guan-jiah may sound foreign, but this powerful story explodes in its celebration of the ability of love and joy to breach the chasms between cultures, religions, and politics. This fictionalized story is based on real events in the career of Robert Hart, or Our Hart, as he became known to the royals of the Ch’ing Dynasty of China during the years between Robert’s arrival in China as an assistant in the British Consulate in Ningpo in the 1850’s, through his rise to the rank [...]


    26. This is indeed one of the longest books I have read in a long time, but it is also one of the best-researched books I have ever read--at least, in regard to historical fiction. It is actually two books in one, but i can guarantee you that the time you invest in reading this unbelievable book will worthwhile.I know virtually nothing of China's history, and Robert Hart is a character I have never heard of before the reading of this book. I was fascinated and horrified from the beginning as the aut [...]


    27. I have been a lover of Chinese historical novels since I first read Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan years ago. But when I saw this book my phobia of large books kicked it. I have no idea why I have this issue but I do. Even with Harry Potter (book 7). LOL! This story about Robert Hart was a little hard for me to get into in the beginning. It was like reading a history book rather than a love story. But I soon came to realize it was just a set up and the book had me hooked. Robert Hart [...]


    28. The Concubine Saga by Lloyd Lofthouse is the perfect blend of when fact meets fiction. When this novel first came to my attention, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it. I am glad that I did decide to give it a try or I would have missed out on a very entertaining book. I had no idea who Robert Hart was or what role he played in history. However after reading this book and a little Google research, I've come to a better understanding.Robert Hart came to live in China as a young man. He was blown [...]


    29. Phenomenal! This is very like "Shogun" only substitute Hart, Irish soldier of fortune for John Blackthorne, Prince Kung (famous power behind the throne during the Qing Dynasty reign of The Dowager Empress) is your Toranaga and the splendid concubine Ayaou takes the place of Toda Mariko. However, Hart actually was a historical figure in the Qing administration after the Opium Wars and during the Taiping rebellion. I've read a lot on the Qing Dynasty--it was my independent study my last year in hi [...]


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