La dernière rose de Shanghai de Weina Dai Randel est un formidable roman historique. Le genre de fiction historique est principalement utilisé pour les romans comme pour les histoires se déroulant pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Ce livre prend ces prémisses simples et les renverse en ajoutant tellement plus pour offrir un excellent résultat de l'art. L'histoire se déroule à Shanghai, en Chine, pendant la guerre.

La dernière rose de Shanghai de Weina Dai Randel est un formidable roman historique
La dernière rose de Shanghai de Weina Dai Randel est un formidable roman historique

La dernière rose de Shanghai est un conte romantique entre une jeune femme chinoise, Aiyi, et un réfugié juif allemand, Ernest. C'est une histoire d'amour et de l'horreur de la guerre. Aiyi possède un club de danse et recrute Ernest pour jouer du piano. Sa façon de jouer est un succès et peu à peu leur amour interdit prend vie.

After reading half of the story, I believed that this was simply going to be another superficial romantic tale. I am glad what I thought was wrong. In the leftover 200 pages, Randel turns yarn of so profound and enduring flavor that it helps us to remember the real power of human love regardless of the war and it’s disturbances. Onto the canvas of war and love, she paints topics of family, of social harmony, and of undying hope. The strength of love despite difficulties and differences is, obviously on display as well.

This book is narrated in the voices of two people – Aiyi’s and Ernest’s – and in two different periods “WWII and 1980’s”. A documentary is being arranged about Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WWII in general, and about Ernest specifically. The documentarian is talking with Aiyi, Aiyi was the one person who knew Ernest best during his Shanghai years.

Any person who loves historical fiction will really like the mastery of writing in this book. With astonishing prose and information on the horrible events happening in China, this book isn’t to be missed!! I will happily read any book this writer will publish. The feelings, the vivid portrayals, the storyline. My heart went up and down.

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