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Everything Under the Sky (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Matilde Asensi
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Descriptions du produit

Revue de presse

“What fans will like: international travel, puzzles, secret societies and historical treasures. ” (USA Today)

“A riveting journey into a past shrouded in mystery and literary allegory. . . . A thriller to open the eyes and stir the heart.” (James Rollins, author of Map of Bones)

“a cross-country race that showcases both the Spanish author’s meticulous historical research and her skill at interweaving it into her suspenseful narrative.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Asensi delivers fun in new adventure that is so engrossing it could compel the reader to skip meals and ignore chores in a mad dash to read the book’s ending...Delicious to read.” (Associated Press)

Présentation de l'éditeur

A great adventure in search of the First Emperor’s treasure

The book was second place for the International Latino Award

Over 1,000,000 copies sold worldwide by the so called ‘Queen of the Spanish Adventure Fiction’, one of the top writers in Spanish language, and author of the bestseller The Last Cato

Set during the nineteen twenties, Elvira De Poulain, a Spanish painter based in Paris, receives news that her estranged husband, now running the family textile business in China, has died in his house in Shanghai under strange circumstances and that she must make appropriate funeral
arrangements. Accompanied by her niece, she leaves Marseille by boat to retrieve Rémy’s body and claim her share of his worldly goods, unaware that this journey is the beginning of a compelling quest through China in search of the First Emperor’s treasure. After an eventful voyage, they finally arrive, and Elvira and Fernanda soon find themselves immersed in an
underworld of gangsters, opium dens and political intrigues.

The book has been successfully published in 7 countries: US, Italy, Brazil, Holland, Greece, Rumania and Portugal.

“Fast-paced…A cross-country race that showcases the author’s meticulous historical research and her skill at interweaving it into her suspenseful narrative.” Publishers Weekly

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 712 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 366 pages
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°32.282 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 a good read for the train 23 octobre 2014
Par Foltyn
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
An adventure in Jules Verne style in a strange China on the verge on becoming communist.
No big surprises but no deception either
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another beautiful novel by Asensi 18 août 2008
Par ellen - Publié sur
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Matilde Asensi is one of the queens of the historical novel - the problem is, Everything Under the Sky is only the 2nd book of all her books to be published in English - The first book, The Last Cato, is one of my all time favorite books - it dealt with quests in and around the Mediterranean - great read if you haven't read it already -
Everything Under the Sky is as great a book as Cato, but it is not the rollercoaster action of Cato, rather immerses you in the Chinese culture and legends, and in its own way sends you on another equally dazzling quest.
Elvira De Poulain, a Spanish painter living in Paris circa 1920 is travelling to Shanghai with her prudish niece Fernanda. Elvira has been notified her husband is dead. She does not know his death wasn't more than an accident.
After a harrowing journey, Elvira finds her husband incurred a crushing amount of debt. Selling everything she owned will not cover a minute part of the debt.
At a fete an Irishman approaches her that the lives of her and her niece's are in danger - that her husband was murdered because he had in his possession an artifact so precious it could clarify history and make the owner filthy rich to boot!
After finding Tichborne's story is correct, Elvira meets an antiquarian, Mr. Jiang, they embark on a journey to find the lost mausoleum of the First Emperor of China and the riches it holds!
The care Asensi writes with to paint a picture as eloquently as a Chinese calligraphy is amazing - the details of the trip through China to find the mausoleum, the description of the tomb itself, it so beautifully presented, you will want to stop and take in the intricasy and ease it was presented to you.
It is as wonderful as The Last Cato, but in its way, it has adopted the quiet dignity of the Chinese culture and shown an exciting quest in those eyes.
An excellent read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Indiana Jones meets the (Chinese) Maltese Falcon 11 octobre 2010
Par BR - Publié sur
I meant what I said in the title; "Everything Under the Sun," reads like an Indiana Jones adventure, except it has the mistiness, darkness and speed of "The Maltese Falcon." You might even include a little "Star Wars," since a good part of the book is about people finding their way in a new frontier, in hopes of bettering life for others.

Elvira is a young Spanish painter who finds herself in deep trouble in the Shanghai of the 1920s, due to her husband's weakness for drugs, women and other amusements. With her teenage niece, her servant, a very learned Chinese antiquarian and an Irish journalist, she sets out to unify the pieces of a cultural treasure which will earn her enough money to pay off her husband's debts and return to Paris.

The reader learns a great deal about Chinese culture, literature, history and ways of thinking as Elvira and her partners are attacked by the Green Gang, learn more about their treasure in a Chinese monastery, exist on rice balls and hot tea as they journey closer to their treasure and suffer all kinds of indignities in the process.

A little less description would have been fine but I enjoyed "Everything Under The Sky" and would definitely read another by the author.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun and Interesting Read 28 juillet 2010
Par Fodos - Publié sur
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I Read The Last Cato quite some time ago, and having thoroughly enjoyed it, was thrilled to find that another of Asensi's books had been translated into English. Without repeating the general story line, I found reading this book to be like watching Romancing the Stone or Indiana Jones. It would make a great movie in that genre, or possibly a video game with lot's of puzzles and riddles to solve. It is easy to read, touches on some of the concepts of Taoism and gives you a sense of what China was like back in the 1920's. There are also references to China's long and fascinating history mixed in with the action. Just enough information to get your curiosity up and perhaps propel you to delve deeper into China's history, culture and philosophies on your own.

With few chapters or breaks and a very fast pace, you'll find yourself searching for a place to stop so you can grab something to eat. This isn't easy as each section segues into another adventure almost immediately. A very enjoyable and fun read!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Its not always a bad thing when a book reads like you expected 26 septembre 2014
Par E. Hall - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Its not always a bad thing when a book reads like you expected, and this book which had been billed as being like a female Indiana Jones set in 1920's Singapore was exactly that. I really enjoyed the forays into the different schools of philosophy and explanations of the social and cultural forces at play. My only quibble was I found the very, very end a bit rushed. Not so much the end of the action, but the "happily ever after" bit after that. I wanted a bit more information about what happened to the main characters and what they did with their lives. Its hard to elaborate without giving away plot information but at least 2 of the main characters are pretty much sent off with either no information about what happened or a "nobody knows". I can understand the main character not knowing but I found myself wishing for the all knowing narrator to whisper a bit of information that they didn't know. It didn't really detract from the enjoyment of the story, but it would have been nice to have known.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Learning entertainment 20 décembre 2014
Par Katherine Koehl - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I love a novel that combines adventurous mystery with historical setting. The author has created interesting characters and through them one can actually learn something about people lived, thought, spoke, etc during that era. This is the second book I've read by Asensi and each one definitely had the same style but vastly different plots and characters.
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