The Flowers Of War by Geling YanThe Flowers Of War by Geling Yan

The Flowers Of War

byGeling Yan

Paperback | February 4, 2013

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December 1937. The Japanese have taken Nanking. A group of terrified schoolgirls hides in the compound of an American church. Among them is Shujuan, through whose thirteen-year-old eyes we witness the shocking events that follow.
Run by Father Engelmann, an American priest who has been in China for many years, the church is supposedly neutral ground in the war between China and Japan. But it becomes clear the Japanese are not obeying international rules of engagement. As they pour through the streets of Nanking, raping and pillaging the civilian population, the girls are in increasing danger. And their safety is further compromised when prostitutes from the nearby brothel climb over the wall into the compound seeking refuge.
Short, powerful, vivid, this beautiful novel transports the reader to 1930s China. Full of wonderful characters, from the austere priest to the irreverent prostitutes, it is a story about how war upsets all prejudices and how love can flourish amidst death.

GELING YAN is an award-winning Chinese novelist and screenwriter. Born in Shanghai, she published her first novel in 1985. Since then she has written numerous short stories, essays, scripts and novels including, in English, The Uninvited and The Lost Daughter of Happiness. Several of Geling Yan's works have been adapted for the screen,...
Title:The Flowers Of WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.79 × 5.1 × 0.64 inPublished:February 4, 2013Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099569620

ISBN - 13:9780099569626

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Gives the imagination a whirl. Also touches well with the frustrations of war. Contrasting points of view between teenage girls and grown women of the time.
Date published: 2017-10-24