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Roman Blood
Steven Saylor
Progress: 171/401 pages
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
Bob Spitz
Progress: 208/557 pages
Avant-gardes du XXe siècle: arts & littérature, 1905-1930
Serge Fauchereau
Caesar's Commentaries: On the Gallic War and On the Civil War
Julius Caesar
Les bûchers de Bocanegra
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The Songs of the Kings
Barry Unsworth
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee

Mort D'une Heroine Rouge (French Edition)

Mort d'une héroïne rouge (Poche) - Qiu Xiaolong, Fanchita Gonzalez Batlle Shanghai, 1990. After the events of the Ti amen square. China is on going a transformation, a slow but steady turn towards capitalism. Inspector Chen is one of the young but not young people that are rising thru the hierarchy faster than ever. Qiu Xiaolong takes us inside the city, inside the lives of the people of Shanghai. He loves his city, it shows. He creates a story where the mystery is interesting but not the main object of the novel. The lives of the people, their relationships, friendships, despairs are the main event. The characters are written with a sharp edge, with a minimum of details but we "see" them going on their business, trying not to trip political mines, stay safe and in the end still be able to look themselves in mirror. I liked the style, the care the author took to make me love his city, the people and to make me understand a little bit of the history of modern China through a solid work of fiction.