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"Peking Story is a poignantly written requiem for Old Peking--the city whose death is symbolic of the death of China's ancient culture and civilization." "Kidd's story wavers between fact and fiction. It seems too good to be true, like the perfectly woven family sagas common to the great Chinese novels and Victorian fiction. But the climax . . . is firmly written in fact: the crumbling of an empire 4,000 years old."