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Love and Revolution


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Preface Brief Biographies of Sun Yat-sen and Song Qingling Translator's Note Love and Revolution About the Author

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" Love and Revolution successfully conjures a bleak vision of turbulent modern Chinese history, coupled with a deep sense of lament." -- Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang, assistant professor of Oriental languages and literatures, The University of Texas, Austin

About the Author

Ping Lu has written a diverse range of novels, including a short story about the life of Song May-ling and Chiang Kai-shek. Nancy Du is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation Studies at Fu Jen Catholic University and National Taiwan Normal University.


Published in Taiwan and Japan and now translated into English, this ambitious novel by prominent Taiwanese author Ping centers on the last months of Chinese revolutionist Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's life in 1925 and on the life of his wife, Song Qingling, who died in 1981. Brief chapters alternately tell the tale of an aging Sun and his wife's lost youth as she deals with her husband's gradual deterioration. Readers coming to this work without strong historical background on Sun will gain only a slight sense of the couple's prominence via flashback sequences and a brief biography of Sun in the book's opening. However, unlike Anchee Min's realistic and gripping account of Jiang Ching (chairman Mao Zedong's wife), Becoming Madame Mao, this depressing work never fully conveys the strength and power of the revolutionary and his partner. Not likely to be appreciated by the average historical fiction reader but a possibility for academic libraries or special collections with titles in the series. Shirley N. Quan, Orange Cty. P.L., Santa Ana, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"[Ping Lu] succeeds in showing the ordinary and sometimes repugnant details of Qingling's life." -- Perry Link, New York Review of Books

This lackluster Taiwanese import reconstructs the final thoughts of Sun Yat-sen, "the founding father of modern China" who died in 1925, and of his second wife, Song Qingling, who died in 1981. Told from the perspectives of Sun, Song and a daughter of the widow Song's illicit lover, the novel offers a glimpse into a 10-year marriage between a peasant revolutionary and his rich, much younger wife who adored him (but was disgusted by his lapses in personal hygiene). Sun regrets Song's miscarriage during their violent days on the run; reflects on his abandonment of his first wife and children and his years of promiscuity; and worries about his political clout. For her part, Song, whose sister married future Taiwanese president Chiang Kai-shek, laments that she was sidelined politically after Sun's death and pines for her younger, last lover who died when she was 70. Dish on the intimate life of a revered national hero and his widow's political disillusionment and love affairs won't be a surprise to Ping Lu's readers in Taiwan (where she has published multiple works on figures including Madame Chiang Kai-shek and Soong May-ling), but this stilted effort will confuse readers less familiar with the intricacies of the region's political history. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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