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The Flowers of War

Geling Yan

The powerful Chinese novel about love and war on which Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) has based his latest film starring Christian Bale. This moving short novel is based on true events that took place during the Nanjing Massacre in 1937 when the Japanese invaded the Chinese city, slaughtering not only soldiers but raping and murdering the civilian population as well. It tells the story of an American missionary who, for a few terrifying days, finds himself sheltering a group of schoolgirls, prostitutes and wounded Chinese soldiers in the compound of his church. American priest Father Engelmann is one of the small group of Westerners who have remained in Nanjing, despite the approach of the Japanese. America is not yet in the war and so his church compound is supposedly neutral territory. However, his confidence in his ability to look after the Chinese schoolgirls left in his care is shaken when thirteen prostitutes from the floating brothel on the nearby Yangtze River climb over the compound wall and demand to be hidden. The situation becomes even more intense when some wounded Chinese soldiers appear. Meanwhile Engelmann is becoming increasingly aware of the barbaric behaviour of the Japanese outside the compound walls. It is only a matter of time before they knock on the door and find the people he is protecting. Like Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française, this poignant audiobook looks at the effect upon individuals of large-scale war and tragedy. The characters are beautifully observed. From the naive schoolgirls, the brazen prostitutes and the frightened soldiers to the slightly priggish priest and his resentful Chinese entourage. As the Japanese circle ever closer, the barriers of hatred and prejudice that separate the characters dissolve, and they perform unexpected and moving acts of heroism. Geling Yan, an important Chinese writer, reveals herself to be a master of detail and emotion in this novel. She recreates history as if it is unfolding before our eyes, and

The powerful Chinese novel about love and war on which Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) has based his latest film starring Christian Bale. This moving short novel is based on true events that took place during the Nanjing Massacre in 1937 when the Japanese invaded the Chinese city, slaughtering not only soldiers but raping and murdering the civilian population as well. It tells the story of an American missionary who, for a few terrifying days, finds himself sheltering a group of schoolgirls, prostitutes and wounded Chinese soldiers in the compound of his church. American priest Father Engelmann is one of the small group of Westerners who have remained in Nanjing, despite the approach of the Japanese. America is not yet in the war and so his church compound is supposedly neutral territory. However, his confidence in his ability to look after the Chinese schoolgirls left in his care is shaken when thirteen prostitutes from the floating brothel on the nearby Yangtze River climb over the compound wall and demand to be hidden. The situation becomes even more intense when some wounded Chinese soldiers appear. Meanwhile Engelmann is becoming increasingly aware of the barbaric behaviour of the Japanese outside the compound walls. It is only a matter of time before they knock on the door and find the people he is protecting. Like Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française, this poignant audiobook looks at the effect upon individuals of large-scale war and tragedy. The characters are beautifully observed. From the naive schoolgirls, the brazen prostitutes and the frightened soldiers to the slightly priggish priest and his resentful Chinese entourage. As the Japanese circle ever closer, the barriers of hatred and prejudice that separate the characters dissolve, and they perform unexpected and moving acts of heroism. Geling Yan, an important Chinese writer, reveals herself to be a master of detail and emotion in this novel. She recreates history as if it is unfolding before our eyes, and
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The powerful Chinese novel about love and war on which Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) has based his latest film starring Christian Bale. This moving short novel is based on true events that took place during the Nanjing Massacre in 1937 when the Japanese invaded the Chinese city, slaughtering not only soldiers but raping and murdering the civilian population as well. It tells the story of an American missionary who, for a few terrifying days, finds himself sheltering a group of schoolgirls, prostitutes and wounded Chinese soldiers in the compound of his church. American priest Father Engelmann is one of the small group of Westerners who have remained in Nanjing, despite the approach of the Japanese. America is not yet in the war and so his church compound is supposedly neutral territory. However, his confidence in his ability to look after the Chinese schoolgirls left in his care is shaken when thirteen prostitutes from the floating brothel on the nearby Yangtze River climb over the compound wall and demand to be hidden. The situation becomes even more intense when some wounded Chinese soldiers appear. Meanwhile Engelmann is becoming increasingly aware of the barbaric behaviour of the Japanese outside the compound walls. It is only a matter of time before they knock on the door and find the people he is protecting. Like Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française, this poignant audiobook looks at the effect upon individuals of large-scale war and tragedy. The characters are beautifully observed. From the naive schoolgirls, the brazen prostitutes and the frightened soldiers to the slightly priggish priest and his resentful Chinese entourage. As the Japanese circle ever closer, the barriers of hatred and prejudice that separate the characters dissolve, and they perform unexpected and moving acts of heroism. Geling Yan, an important Chinese writer, reveals herself to be a master of detail and emotion in this novel. She recreates history as if it is unfolding before our eyes, and

Language:

English

Narrators:

Samantha Quan

Length:

5h 38m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:26


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:47


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:21


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:20


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:19


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:39


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

00:40