The Fan Tan Players

The Fan Tan Players THE FAN TAN PLAYERS Opens In 1928 In Macao On A Cyclone Drenched Quasimodo Sunday Nadia Shashkova, Now In Her Late Twenties, But Originally A Child Refugee From Pre Revolutionary Russia, Is Contemplating Her Diminishing Marital Prospects None Of The Portuguese Suitors Who Pay Their Respects Appeal To Her In The Slightest Independent, Astute, An Outsider, Nadia Is Haunted By Secrets From Her Childhood, Memories Of Violence And Rupture, And One Terrible Secret Above All Others Will Not Let Her Go Enter Iain Sutherland, An Enigmatic Scot Who Is, Officially, A British Consular Representative, And Who Is Very Interested In Nadia For A Number Of Reasons As Nadia And Iain Learn About Each Others Histories, Neither Of Them Can Anticipate What The Future Holds For Each Of Them A Journey Into Russia To Find Something That Has Been Lost, Internment In A Japanese Prisoner Of War Camp, A Courageous Rescue THE FAN TAN PLAYERS Is An Opulent Family Saga, Set In Macao, Russia, The Scottish Highlands And Hong Kong In The 1920s, 1930s And 1940s Exotic And Beautifully Written, It Is A Story Of Love, History, Adversity And Adventure. Fan Tan is a game of chance Through the characters lives, feelings and actions the author has written a superb account of chance between China and Japan from 1927 until 1948 East meets West through Russian, Scottish, English and Portuguese characters Nadia and her family are Russians living in Macao, China Iain is Scottish working through England s spy network in Macao These two people are destined to m
The Fan Tan Players is the story of Nadia, a White Russian, and Iain, a Scotsman, who find themselves in Macao in the 1920s The two are followed through the occupation of Hong Kong by the Japanese and to the end of the war in 1948 The setting is exotic and the lesser known history of the area made for a story that was new and refreshing There are moments of high drama, very well presented, and moments that do not seem to quite fit the emotions I would expect view spoiler After three years The Fan Tan Players is the story of Nadia, a White Russian, and Iain, a Scotsman, who find themselves in Macao in the 1920s The two are followed through the occupation of Hong Kong by the Japanese and to the end of the war in 1948 The setting is exotic and the lesser known history of the area made for a story that was new and refreshing There are moments of high drama, very well presented, and moments that do not seem to quite fit the emotions I would expect view spoiler After three years of her husband in a POW camp and in the throes of trying to aid in his escape, Nadia takes time to point out the flame tree he wanted her to meet him under was really a maple Just seemed too glib for the situation view spoiler hide spoiler There was a need for a bitediting, which detracted from the flow of the story My sincere congratulations to Mr Lees in creating the intricate plot and presenting his oriental setting so vividly I was taken with the
The Fan Tan Players tells the story of Nadia Shashkova, a Russian refugee, and Iain Sutherland, a Scottish spy working for the British government In part one of the book they meet in Macau or Macao, as it was called by the Portuguese, in the spring of 1928 Nadia is 28 and therefore, on the shelf She helps her uncle in his tobacconist shop and looks after her mother who is still in mourning for her husband who was savagely beaten by peasants in Russia and then disappeared Officially a cle The Fan Tan Players tells the story of Nadia Shashkova, a Russian refugee, and Iain Sutherland, a Scottish spy working for the British government In part one of the book they meet in Macau or Macao, as it was called by the Portuguese, in the spring of 1928 Nadia is 28 and therefore, on the shelf She helps her uncle in his tobacconist shop and looks after her mother who is still in mourning for her husband who was savagely beaten by peasants i
I am not to sure how this book came up on my radar but I am so glad it did.The story revolves around 2 main characters Iain and Nadia and begins with them meeting and how their lives develop over a period of years It is begins and ends in Macao and travels pretty much all around the world in the intervening years, with each telling a story.It is essentially a love story with a load of adventure thrown into the mix as well and I found the ending very moving.The author clearly knows the subject I am not to sure how this book came up on my radar but I am so glad it
Much of the book is set in Macau when it was a Portuguese colony, most of the rest in Hong Kong when it was a British colony and under Japanese occupation, with brief visits to pre and post revolutionary Russia and Scotland It contains a murder mystery, a love story, a family quarrel only resolved ye
This is a love story that takes place at such an interesting time and place The writing envelopes you in the mind and heart of this amazing woman. Fascinating book about Macao between 1924 and 1945 Mr Lees paints wonderful and sometimes harrowing word pictures as he describes the Orient after WWI Macao is a polyglot community of Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, British,white Russians, and others There is opium smuggling, spying, celebrations, Japanese occupation and much else going on in the city The story centers around a Russian family of refuges who have made this their home for many years They were burned out of their rural propert Fascinating book about Macao between 1924 and 1945 Mr Lees paints wonderful and sometimes harrowing word pictures as he describes the Orient after WWI Macao is a polyglot community of Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, British,white Russians, and others There is opium smuggling, spying, celebrations, Japanese occupation and much else going on in the city The story centers around a Russian family of refuges w
Story starts in Macao in 1928 A beautiful exiled White Russian becomes friendly with a Portuguese family and a handsome Scot who works for the British Government A book with Four Parts that takes us through to 1945.Each part is a separate story with very little linking them together While there are some good moments exploring the historical, cultural and political issues of the time most of the book is on the relationship between Nadia and Iain where finally and amazingly their entire family Story starts in Macao in 1928 A beautiful exiled White Russian becomes friendly with a Portuguese family and a handsome Scot who works for the British Government A book with Four Parts that takes us through to 1945.Each part is a separate story with very little linking them together While there are some good moments exploring the historical, cultural and political
While this book could have stood a little bitediting and a certain amount of tweaking, for things like typos and just flat out odd words popping up now and then, the plot line was certainly engaging I think the characters themselves could have stood a litt
I m going to apply for a copyediting job at this publishing house I was so distracted by all the grammatical and spelling errors that I started taking my red pen to my copy.

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Fan Tan Players
  • Julian Lees
  • English
  • 01 July 2017
  • 1905207492