Ann Bridge Kate Kellaway
Peking Picnic
August 13, 2019 Comments.. 764
Peking Picnic Ann Bridge Kate Kellaway In her experience all the richest and most valuable things were mixed up, somehow or other, with being hurtHappiness was the flaunting honeyed flower of the soul but the root was pain, and the twin fruits knowledge and strength Though war lords skirmish in the countryside, formal diplomatic life proceeds in the fabled city of Peking At its centre is Laura Leroy, an In her experience all the richest and most valuable things were mixed up, somehow or other, with being hurtHappiness was the flaunting honeyed flower of the soul but the root was pain, and the twin fruits knowledge and strength Though war lords skirmish in the countryside, formal diplomatic life proceeds in the fabled city of Peking At its centre is Laura Leroy, an attache s wife, admired, valued and a little feared , though privately grieving for her children and for England When a group embarks on a camping trip to a great temple, the breathtaking scenery provides a perfect backdrop for romance and, while offering wise and tactful advice to the young lovers in her midst, Laura finds her own heart touched by a lonely visitor, But all such contemplations must be cast aside when a group of bandits takes the party hostage and violence erupts. Peking Picnic In her experience all the richest and most valuable things were mixed up somehow or other with being hurtHappiness was the flaunting honeyed flower of the soul but the root was pain and the twin fr
  • Title: Peking Picnic
  • Author: Ann Bridge Kate Kellaway
  • ISBN: 9781853810831
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • Peking Picnic Ann Bridge Kate Kellaway

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    1. Kwai Mei says:

      Think Jane Austin writing a travel novel during the time of Downton Abbey

    2. Ali says:

      I have recently enthused about my love of Virago books, especially when they come in an original shade of dark green such is the collector s obsession Therefore it seemed fitting that the first book I read after the month of re reading when I could select from my teetering TBR should be a Virago This particular book was sent to me by Dee from the Libraything Virago group, as part of my lovely secret Santa Parcel I have been so looking forward to reading it, and I haven t at all been disappointed [...]

    3. Beth says:

      I picked this book up in a shop not realising it had been written in 1932, so the old writing style took a chapter or two to get used to, having only read contemporary books for the last year or so However, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.The story revolves around a group of expats in 1930s colonial China who decide to go on an expedition up in the hills to a Chinese monastery Whilst on this expedition they witness the turbulent political nature of China at this time which threatens to put th [...]

    4. Karen says:

      A period piece but a thoroughly enjoyable one Laura Leroy is the wife of a British diplomat in Peking in the 1920 s When a party of British friends departs on a three day jaunt to a temple in the nearby hills, Laura and the rest including the intriguing and attractive Professor Vinstead encounter both breathtaking beauty and great danger Splendid as character studies, but also growing in suspense throughout the story, this was an unexpectedly entertaining and impressive book.

    5. Mondrian says:

      Excellent book, captures the feel of the British colonial era in China in the early 20th century Similar in style to books that deal with the british raj in India China is not an area where lots of books were written covering this period Interesting and well written If you like CS Forester etc then it will interest.

    6. Adam says:

      Ann Bridge s writing is always pleasantly enjoyableis novel that describes ex pat life in pre WW2 China is no exception.

    7. J. says:

      The post shows up four or five times a day, envelopes served on platters by noiseless houseboys Grand motorcars glide along quiet streets Just round the corner from the Forbidden City, the noise and dust settles, and it s rubbers of bridge in the British Legation, clinking cocktail shakers and roundabout references to the murderous t ai pings just outside the city gates Ms Bridge gives us the full Empire On Parade, complete with a jolly little outing that will take our ensemble cast up country f [...]

    8. Andy Lake says:

      I loved reading this book.The plot is relatively straightforward, centred round a rather unwise excursion into the hills around Peking during a time of political instability and warlordism But the novel is not so much about the events as about the development of the cast of characters, involving a number of different kinds of awakenings.In this sense the book stands in the tradition of novels from EM Forster to Carol Shields It s about love, loyalty, sex, choices and social interaction The lead [...]

    9. Christaaay - Christy Luis Reviews says:

      I considered writing a real review, but Peking Picnic is a conflicting read I loved the style it s truly restful and absorbing , but I found the narrator and her musings tiresome and obnoxious on several occasions Still, it s a good read for the right type of reader I ll leave it at this One review describes the book as Jane Austen writing a travelogue during the time of Downtown Abbey Just sprinkle in a dash of extramarital fancy and you have Peking Picnic After all, this ain t the 1800s any, s [...]

    10. Lynne Bowker says:

      Once I managed to get going with this novel , I really enjoyed it Ann Bridge set the scene, describing the city and countryside, the people and their colonial status And the wonderful relationships that evolve during the picnic Whilst illicit love isn t condoned it is presented in a way that makes the reader understand and wish Laura and the professor well I especially enjoyed the relationships with her staff and their devotion to her She is a strong woman surviving in her husbands world but mak [...]

    11. Anthony Turner says:

      It is hard to think that a picnic could be substantial enough of a meal to feed a whole book, but guess what It is More than a snack less than a feast but enough tasty morsels to keep you going for over 300 pages of a Chinese Take Away You won t be disappointed but hungry for

    12. Sarah says:

      Lovely to read a copy that belonged to my grandmother What did she think of it An interesting read after reading Previous book about Peking Quietly paced and quite dated in attitude.

    13. Sierra says:

      If you forgive it its 1930 flaws racism , a delightful if oddly paced peek into British life in Beijing of a certain period.

    14. Susan Kavanagh says:

      About a 3.65.

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