Unlimited [Humor and Comedy Book] ✓ Red Lotus - by Pai Kit Fai ↠

  • Title: Red Lotus
  • Author: Pai Kit Fai
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback

  • Yip Mann, an elderly spice farmer, should have known better than to purchase a fifteen year old cherry girl as his concubine, especially one beautiful enough to be seen as Ch ien Gum comparable to a thousand pieces of gold But surely he deserves such a plaything to give him the last of his sons.To Yip Mann s dismay, the wilful concubine dies bearing him a worthless girlYip Mann, an elderly spice farmer, should have known better than to purchase a fifteen year old cherry girl as his concubine, especially one beautiful enough to be seen as Ch ien Gum comparable to a thousand pieces of gold But surely he deserves such a plaything to give him the last of his sons.To Yip Mann s dismay, the wilful concubine dies bearing him a worthless girl child After her death he must make use of the girl as best he can by binding her feet in the forbidden practice of the Golden Lotus, he can sell her for a higher price But the daughter he names Li Xia Beautiful One has the fighting spirit of her rebellious mother, escaping the crippling bandages she knows her feet will be her freedom And when they lead her into the path of a mysterious foreign devil , Li Xia takes the first steps on a new and perilous journey .
    Pai Kit Fai
    Pai Kit Fai is a pseudonym for Geoff Pike Geoff Pike is a British born, naturalized Australian writer.Born in Tottenham Middlesex, he took an all consuming interest in art and writing from the age of 3 His early years were spent in the German blitzkrieg of London and as an evacuee in the rural county of Essex His letter to President Roosevelt thanking him for Bundles for Britain , was chosen from all 12 year olds across Britain, and he won numerous awards for designing and headlining morale building posters for Britain s war effort.At 14 he entered the naval training ship Indefatigable, and went to sea in 1945 aged 15 Temporarily blinded in the Persian Gulf from sunstroke in 1947, he jumped ship in Sydney and spent 2 years in the Australian Outback, breaking horses, felling trees and sailing aboard deep sea trawlers An adventurous youth made the works of Jack London, Ernest Hemmingway and Banjo Patterson essential reading he began selling his cartoons and short stories to Country newspapers in 1950.After several years at sea in the Caribbean, he joined the British army at the outbreak of war with Korea to become a Regimental Drill Sergeant, returning to Australia as an immigrant in 1954 Working his way through art school, he became an illustrator and newspaper cartoonist This led to two highly successful careers the first in animated films as a pioneer of Australian animation first to introduce animated educational films to Asia and first to produce and direct US co production with Paramount Pictures.The second in International advertising, much of it establishing Western products and services in Asian markets Over a period of 30 years, he held the position of Regional Creative Director for the world s leading Ad agencies, receiving every international Industry Award, plus the prestigious H K McCann Award for creative excellence and outstanding leadership.Whilst living in Hong Kong, he met and married the granddaughter of Sir Robert Kotewall, one of the British Colony s most famously prominent founders He began fulltime writing in 1973, winning the A R Writers s Fellowship with a debut novel trilogy, based on his early adventures The Best selling trilogy was chosen as Odham s Book of the Month Club in London from Pan Paperback, and Dymock s Book of the Month Club in Australia In 1977 while resident in Manila, he was diagnosed with throat cancer a keen student of Chinese martial arts and traditional Oriental medicine, he rejected surgery for the development of ancient methods of breath training.Success in beating the disease and now a Master of Chi Kung, the challenge led to his internationally best selling non fiction book Live Longer Love longer The Power Of Ch i , followed by three in the series Fascinated by a life lived in Asia and the history of Hong Kong and China, he published The Second Sunrise and Tiger Dawn, both novels set in the Far East These were read by one of New York s most sought after Literary Agents, Albert Zuckerman, Founder of Writer s House on 5th Avenue.Their work together produced a novel of the same genre, The Concubine s Daughter, published by St Martin s Press in November 2009, and Red Lotus, published by Sphere, London in December 2009.


    I probably would have liked this book better if it had been better researched, but I kept tripping over factual errors. The author claims his background in martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine gave him enough information to write a book on Chinese history, but he should have done more formal research if he intended this to be historical fiction. In the novel, he states that Macao was ceded to Portugal because the Portuguese defeated the pirate Koxinga, but Koxinga died in 1662 and Macao [...]

    So many complaints about this book:1. This book is supposedly historical fiction, but it doesn't have nearly enough history. This story could have taken place in almost any time during recent-ish Chinese history. I picked this up because I wanted to read about Hong Kong in the 1900s, but this story really didn't have much to do with that specific time period (WWII is only hinted at becoming a threat) -- or Hong Kong, for that matter. And the ending takes this book into fantasy territory, which i [...]

    Please note that my thoughts on this book contain spoilers.Well, those of you who read my thoughts on books will know that I absolutely LOVE it when a book contains racism, discrimination and misogyny. Let me tell youis was a heady mixture of all three.I don't even know where to start with this book. There were so many things that pissed me off. I nearly stopped reading it several times, but it was like a massive multi-car pile up on the highway. I couldn't stop myself from rubbernecking.Let's s [...]

    Wow - this was a book I couldn't put down - it was one of the most consuming stories I have read in a long time - highly recommended. (Altho, I am always highly amused to read the posted reviews - anywhere from 1 to 5 stars - it's true that we all have different tastes!!!) Anyway, the story is about three generations of Chinese women (Pai-Ling, Li-Xia, and Sui-Sing) who are all raised in the male dominated society of China during the early 1900s where women are treated as casually as unwanted ki [...]

    Fai’s novel presents us with three women: the concubine (who barely makes an appearance before dying giving birth), her daughter Li-Xia, and Li-Xia’s daughter Siu-Sing. Set in rural China from the early 20th century to 1940, these women lead the hard lives of the poor and powerless. Horrible people seek to control their lives; fortunately, good people shelter them, teach them, and give them hope. All three women are intent on becoming scholars, not the playthings of men. In this place and ti [...]

    At times the story did move a little slow, but over all this was a great book. I am glad that I have chance to read and review it. It starts with the story of Pai-Ling who is a concubine in the house of a man who already has 3 wives. She also has the bound lotus feet that men of that time found so attractive. When she gives birth to a daughter he takes the baby out to bury it alive and Pai-Ling kills herself. The father sees a fox fairy though and does not not kill the child he names Li-Xia. She [...]

    Wan Ni
    An epic tale spanning three generations of headstrong women damned to suffer the worst and most bizarre of fates. An Orientalist novel through and through, with requisite themes of foot-binding, human trafficking, prostitution, female homoerotic encounters masquerading as intimate friendship, geishas, kungfu and silkworms. The author is British, despite his Chinese name. His research involves travelling extensively to the Far East in his youth, and possibly entering teahouses where girls played [...]

    Kathy Chung
    Reviewed At : Mama Kucing Meow : The Concubine's Daughter by Pai Kit FaiReviewed on : 13 February 2011I love the first part of this book very much. Li-Xia's plight was very real and vivid. I was really depressed to read of the cruelty of the people against her.But the same cannot applies to the part of her daughter, Siu Sing. It seems so far fetch and like a scene out of those Hong Kong TVB Kungfu Drama where one go to learn martial arts up the mountains. As suddenly as she was whisked up the mo [...]

    I have to admit that I struggled to make it through 50 pages of this book before I put it aside.I’ve read and loved books many historical fiction books about the East including The Joy Luck Club, Tai Pan, Shogun, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, etc. but this one failed to engage me from the start. The characters were flat caricatures. I never felt I was fully inside any one before we switched to a different person’s POV. The historical details seemed to be jammed into the s [...]

    First off, can I say I love Li Xia & Siu Sing's names? I am Chinese too and I think Siu Sing (a Cantonese name if I'm not wrong) translates into Xiao Xing in Mandarin, literally Little Star. :DAnyway, I am very impressed by the quality of writing in this book. Pai Kit Fai has written a really spellbounding book, with detailed and beautiful (and sometimes ugly) descriptions of all the places and people, grand or dilapidated, beautiful or hideous, these three generations of strong women have b [...]

    This is an epic story I couldn't put down spanning the lives of three generations of Chinese women. Pai Ling is sold to a spice farmer by a once prosperous family escaping Shanghai, but we barely get to know her as the story moves on to the life of her daughter Li-Xia. This part of the story at Ten Willows silk factory I loved the most and it really moved me, it could have been a book on it's own! The final part of the story sees the granddaughter Siu-Sing picking up the pieces to honour her fat [...]

    Micky Sahi
    I feel like reading this book again. It was one of my early deep stories so its very close to my hearti remember I really liked the writing but then again it was post Enid Blyton and Dahl. So you never know. :p

    I really enjoyed reading Red Lotus how the Chinese people believe and worship the different Gods I felt was quite magical and have put this in my bucket list to travel to the far east and see some of the wonderful temples Pai Kit Fai describes. This book holds you to the end.

    Ana Mardoll
    The Concubine's Daughter / 978-0-312-35521-0I was excited about "The Concubine's Daughter" because the teaser write-up compared it to one of my favorite novels in recent memory, "Memoirs of a Geisha". Unfortunately, "The Concubine's Daughter" is not, in my opinion, anything like "Memoirs of a Geisha", and the best comparison I can offer is that it feels like a bare-bones, watered-down attempt at an Amy Tan novel."Memoirs of a Geisha", for all its faults, was populated by human beings, not carica [...]

    This book is historical fiction set in China, but there is really no indication what the time period is. The book has beautiful descriptions of practically everything. Most people may not enjoy this, but I did. The writing style was average, and there were some interesting things I picked up, like the century egg. With a different story, I might actually have got immersed in the book.But in spite of good writing and some enjoyable descriptions, this book is not very believable. I don’t believe [...]

    This novel is my first giveaway win. I was very excited about this book arriving, however, I'm not sure it lived up to my expectations or the description provided.The first part of the story, about Li Xia, the concubine's daughter, I very much enjoyed. I know that many of the characters lacked depth or were too black and white, but there were moments of nuance and insight that helped to progress the story and the development of the main character. I couldn't help cheering for her, feeling for h [...]

    I wish I could have had more of some parts of this book and less of others. The fact that this book is split up between two separate stories (that of the mother and that of the daughter) resulted in somewhat of a disjointed feeling. I think the author could have combined the two stories together into a more dynamic story line. I feel like she rushed through certain parts, leaving them with a half formulated feel, in an attempt to cram in a whole lot of unneeded “stuff”. With that said, there [...]

    There was a lot about this book I enjoyed: it was well-written and fairly engaging, but ultimately I think it failed in a lot of ways. The author's distaste for ancient Chinese society is in some ways tangible: I thought it was pretty uncomfortable that almost every Chinese man is portrayed as in some way evil, but meanwhile the Western men are all kind, gentle and loving. Many of the twists of fortune both women experienced seemed implausible and unnecessary, their "strength" is always emphasiz [...]

    Sara Beresford
    I enjoyed reading this book because the subject of women/girls in China is really interesting to me. But I thought that, of all of the books I've read on this subject, this is the most poorly written. The characters are really one-dimensional, and there is a bunch of stuff that just doesn't make sense. The three generations of girls in this book speak/think in a manner totally inappropriate for their age. The author describes thoughts, conversations and actions of 7-10 year old girls that just w [...]

    Marthe Bijman
    Three words for this novel: Over. The. Top. Fai (the psuedonym of Geoffrey Morgan Pike) is a scholar of holistic medicine and a martial arts master, so he should something about Chinese culture. He probably does, but that did not translate into good writing in this case. This novel deals with three generations of Chinese women and every conceivable facet of Chinese life from 1906 to 1941. Unfortunately, Fai chose to feature the details that Westerners would find most juicy, sensational and drama [...]

    My first book won from ! (Yeah! Free book!)I really enjoyed the writing and the descriptions of colors, sounds, and textures. The story itself was well written and kept my interest. There were peaks and valleys of emotions, which made the stories of the concubine, her daughter and granddaughter all the more dramatic and interesting. I did not like the character of Ruby and was put off by some of the scenes with her, they just seemed unlikely and sort of bordered on child abuse! But, having said [...]

    Something about the book was too similar to the others in this category, Chinese historical fiction,the stilted way that its written , and the roles of women, which are confined by the context naturally.Differences were that a female character becomes a martial art expert on a spiritual level with the ability to kick ass, but of course she ends up in a woman's establishment before she can use this higher power to solve her problems. often fascinating and easy to read but because i sometimes had [...]

    I definitely enjoyed the first half of this book as it dealt with Li Xia. I am was not so into the Siu Sing (Li Xia's daughter) half. I felt like a lot of the interactions were forced between Siu Sing and her enemy, and the story did not flow well. I am not sure why Ruby was even included in the story. I felt like the author was trying to write some mystical Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon scene with Siu Sing and I was completely bored by it. Pat Kit Fai should talk to his editor as there were so [...]

    What a waste-- this book had so much promise- I read through it quickly thinking the story just HAD to get better-- it never did! LAME LAME LAME!! This book technically should have been broken into two- perhaps that would have given them more time to weave the story in a less obvious manner and connect a few more points Darn such a good idea that could have been so much better

    did not finish, too boring

    Four stars given for the beautiful writing style which I absolutely loved, the descriptions of rural China made me want to climb on a plane. The story travels through rural China and onto Macao and Hong Kong. The story was interesting, following three generations of strong women and their fight for survival. I enjoyed reading not only the central characters story but those secondary characters around them also. My only big quibble with the story itself was that I found it quite noticeable that a [...]

    Rolaka Ola Ri
    Nie mogę przestać myśleć o książce, której opis spoileruje niemal połowę samej książki! Powieść zaczynała się wspaniale! Była niezwykłym i orientalnym wprowadzeniem do mitologii chińskiej, to wierzeń tamtejszych ludzi i tego, jak funkcjonowało społeczeństwo. I właśnie, to był początek. Tajemniczy, magiczny i niezwykły, z czasem jednak główna bohaterka stawała się za dorosła. Mimo że była dzieckiem, jej myśli i słowa wykraczały daleko poza wiek. Jednak mimo ws [...]

    So many things were wrong with this book starting with the authors decision to write under a Chinese pseudonym. Also on my particular book the back blurb was clearly not written by someone who read the book as there are multiple errors. I wanted to like it but as others said no real character development meant I couldn't really care for the characters and their motivations did not add up to their ages at all. It was somewhat entertaining but not good.

    I gave this 3 stars because it was a good story but so much descriptive detail that I found myself skimming over pages.The writing, when I did take time to read each word, was beautiful; amazing description.Too many different Chinese names to remember and try to pronounce in my head.But an exciting story, at times hard to put down; especially after 200 pages

    Claire Santangelo
    I enjoyed reading this book because the characters were very lifelike and well developed. I related to their emotions in many parts of the story. I also liked how well described the setting was. I could create a clear picture in my mind of what it looked like. The only thing I did not like about the story is the violent scenes. This kind of action just doesn't appeal to me as a reader.

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