Ren? Leys

Ren? Leys

3.71 (89 ratings by Goodreads)
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In this entrancing story of spiritual adventure, a Westerner in Peking seeks the mystery at the heart of the Forbidden City. He takes as a tutor in Chinese the young Belgian Rene Leys, who claims to be in the know about strange goings-on in the Imperial Palace: love affairs, family quarrels, conspiracies that threaten the very existence of the empire. But whether truth-teller or trickster, the elusive and ever-charming Rene presents his increasingly dazzled disciple with a visionary glimpse of "an essential palace built upon the most magnificent foundations."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 127 x 200.66 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1590170415
  • 9781590170410
  • 320,536

Review quote

"This book's appeal is such that we are held until the end, prisoners of a marvelous ambiguity."show more

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89 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 21% (19)
4 38% (34)
3 31% (28)
2 9% (8)
1 0% (0)
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