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by John Lanchester
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Contemporary
  • Author:
    John Lanchester
  • ISBN:
    0571201768
  • ISBN13:
    978-0571201761
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  • Publisher:
    Faber & Faber; 1st edition (July 8, 2002)
  • Pages:
    320 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Contemporary
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  • Rating:
    4.7
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Fragrant Harbour (2002) is a novel by author John Lanchester. It was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (2002). Set in Hong Kong, the story is told through the eyes of several people.

Fragrant Harbour (2002) is a novel by author John Lanchester. Dawn Stone is an ambitious young woman who wants to make as much money as quickly as she can. Tom Stewart is an Englishman who had been in Hong Kong since 1935 and made his fortune in business. Sister Maria, whom Tom wants to love, is a devout nun and tends to the territory's poor and needy.

John Lanchester's first novel, The Debt to Pleasure, delighted gourmets and others - the former because its . Fragrant Harbour is, again unexpectedly, a rather laborious book

John Lanchester's first novel, The Debt to Pleasure, delighted gourmets and others - the former because its principal character is a disciple of Brillat Savarin, devoted to gustatory ecstasy as a good man might be devoted to virtue, the latter just for the jokes. Fragrant Harbour is, again unexpectedly, a rather laborious book. Lanchester seems somehow to have decided it was time for him to produce a work of what is sometimes regarded as "epic" scope - it covers many years, contains a nasty war, and despite the mass of detail is never quite plausible. The narrative, loosely bound together by this plot, contains a good deal that is not obviously relevant to its unfolding.

Fragrant Harbour is the story of four people whose intertwined lives span Asia’s last 70 years. The novel’s shape and scale, its emotional power and beauty, make it John Lanchester’s finest book to date. Tom Stewart leaves England just before it is hit by the Great Depression to seek his fortune, and finds it in running Hong Kong’s best hotel. Sister Maria is a beautiful and uncompromising Chinese nun whom Stewart meets on the boat out from England; their friendship spans decades and changes both their lives. Dawn Stone is an English journalist who becomes the public face of money and power and big business.

any John Lanchester book is great.

Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). any John Lanchester book is great.

John Lanchester was born in Hamburg in 1962. He is married, has two children and lives in London.

He had an aneurysm in his sleep; in that sense, his death was sudden. In another, he had been dying for twenty years, ever since Stanley. She got the point of her brother; I was glad to know that. She wrote about his ‘dry, wild humour and permanent air of politely suppressed amazement at the human comedy’. That letter was written the day after he died.

Fragrant Harbour book. First impressions of "Fragrant Harbour" (John Lanchester’s third novel) are that it's a well-written family epic about Hong Kong from 1935 to 2000 told from the perspective of four different narrators. How (well) the juxtaposed stories gel together at the end is hidden in "that unique Hong Kong style in which the most significant information is present in the gaps, omissions and implications. It's this concern with the detection of presence (despite and through its "That Unique Hong Kong Style".

John Lanchester – Fragrant Harbour. British journalist and novelist John Lanchester spent much of his younger life in Hong Kong. His epic novel Fragrant Harbour, which spans much of the 20th century, begins in 1935. It tells the story of Tom Stewart, a young, adventure-hungry Englishman who journeys on the SS Darjeeling to Hong Kong, where he discovers a world of corruption and glamour.

In Fragrant Harbour, Lanchester has. Mr Phillips established Lanchester as among the best youngish novelists around, so it seems likely that anybody who has read it will open Fragrant Harbour with high expectations. The title is a translation of Hong Kong, and most of the story takes place in tha territory, while it was still a colony

Fragrant Harbouris the story of four people whose intertwined lives span Asia's last seventy years. Tom Stewart leaves England just before it is hit by the Great Depression to seek his fortune, and finds it in running Hong Kong's best hotel. Sister Maria is a beautiful and uncompromising Chinese nun whom Stewart meets on the boat out from England;their friendship spans decades and changes both their lives. Dawn Stone is an English journalist who becomes the public face of money and power and big business. Matthew Ho is a young Chinese entrepreneur whose life has been shaped by painful choices made long before his birth, and who is now facing his own difficulties, and opportunities, in the twenty-first century.The novel's shape and scale, its emotional power and beauty, make it John Lancaster's finest book to date.

Celace
This is a well written and very interesting story. It was recommended by a friend who had lived in Hong Kong. I knew nothing about this time period or Hong Kong, so I found it historically interesting. The only weak part was the last section, where I felt like the author was having difficulty with the ending or that another writer finished the book. Still, it's worth reading.
Morlurne
Lanchester has written a book elegant and poignant, about a British ex-pat who spends his life in Hong Kong. Lanchester captures the sights, sounds, and indeed, smells of the city, and takes us through the pre-war years, the war, and the boom thereafter, up to the ceding of the territory to China. It has a love story, with unexpected consequences, most beneficial to the book's hero. Wonderful book, highly recommended.
Lahorns Gods
Almost, but not as brilliant as his "A Debt to Pleasure".
And that is the Lanchester book to read.
September
On the whole, I enjoyed this book because I know Hong Kong well and his descriptions of places and events were spot on. However, as I found with the last Lanchester book I read (Capital), his female characters are a bit hollow. In this book, the former journalist Dawn didn't ring true at all. Lanchester holds the threads of a story together skillfully, but I found the ending of Fragrant Harbour a bit unsatisfactory with too many loose ends.
Yllk
I felt I was actually in Hongkong living along with the characters and going thru their trials and ttribulations along side them.any John Lanchester book is great.
Asyasya
It just didn't float my boat, I didn't warm to or care about the characters or their destiny. It was for me a sufferance ????
Anaginn
A deceptive beginning followed by an increasingly enthralling story. Accentuated by the fact that I read it while I was hiking with the most delightful man from Hong Kong. But even without that it was an enthralling read that breathed new life into what I thought was an old city.
Lots of facinating content, but sometimes disconnected.