The Maker of Heavenly Trousers

The Maker of Heavenly Trousers

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A foreign bachelor living in Peking's Chinese quarter finds himself guardian to the young daughter of an Italian railway worker. Through his stewardship, he catches a glimpse of an entirely different side of life. As Kuniang grows up, his feelings for her change, and he must compete with a motley cast of characters for her attentions. These include a shadowy former mistress of Rasputin, a flamboyant American fashion designer, and an English millionaire. But when Kuniang unwittingly falls under a form of Eastern hypnosis, a terrifying vision threatens their prospects.

Set against the mysterious and turbulent backdrop of Peking with its disparate inhabitants in the early twentieth century, The Maker of Heavenly Trousers is a charming, and at times tragic, story of love and family.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 133 x 199 x 20mm | 266g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0143208101
  • 9780143208105
  • 439,736

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A delightful story, in which the author's fancy imparts new and whimsical aspects to familiar things and scenes * Times Literary Supplement * There is a quality of adventure -- of escape -- and a good deal of charm and originality in the telling * Kirkus Reviews *
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About Daniele Vare

Daniele Vare entered the diplomatic service and served in Vienna, Geneva, Copenhagen, and Luxembourg. However, his chief posting was in Peking, where he first arrived in 1912. During his time there he observed the overthrow of the Qing dynasty, civil war, and the effects of both the Russian Revolution and World War I as exiles fled into China from abroad. Many of these experiences became the subject matter of his novels."
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59 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 32% (19)
4 37% (22)
3 19% (11)
2 10% (6)
1 2% (1)
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