On the grand scale of an historical epic, River of Smoke follows its storm-tossed characters to the crowded harbors of China. There, despite efforts of the emperor to stop them, ships from Europe and India exchange their cargoes of opium for boxes of tea, silk, porcelain and silver. Among them are Bahram Modi, a wealthy Parsi opium merchant out of Bombay, his estranged half-Chinese son Ah Fatt, the orphaned Paulette and a motley collection of others whose pursuit of romance, riches and a legendary rare flower have thrown together.
All struggle to cope with their losses - and for some, unimaginable freedoms - in the alleys and crowded waterways of 19th century Canton. As transporting and mesmerizing as an opiate induced dream, River of Smoke will soon be heralded as a masterpiece of twenty-first century literature.
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Von Amazon Customer Am hilfreichsten 14.06.2017
Nice story, bad narrator
One of the main characters, the funny, sensitive and intelligent Robin, is turned into the ridiculous carricature of a silly gay man - terrible misjudgment! The whole story is narrated like a childrens book, i found that very very annoying :-(
It almost made me stop listening.