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City Of Lingering Splendour : A Frank Account of Old Peking's Exotic Pleasures - John Blofeld

City Of Lingering Splendour

A Frank Account of Old Peking's Exotic Pleasures

Paperback Published: 1st May 2001
ISBN: 9781570626371
Number Of Pages: 280

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"In his early twenties, John Blofeld spent what he describes as "three exquisitely happy years" in Peking during the era of the last emperor, when the breathtaking greatness of China's ancient traditions was still everywhere evident. Arriving in 1934, he found a city imbued with the atmosphere of the recent imperial past and haunted by the powerful spirit of the late Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi. He entered a world of magnificent palaces and temples of the Forbidden City, of lotus-covered lakes and lush pleasure-gardens, of bustling bazaars and peaceful bathhouses, and of "flower houses" with their beautiful young courtesans versed in the arts of pleasing men. With a novelists' command of detail and dialogue, Blofeld vividly re-creates the magic of these years and conveys to the reader his appreciation and nostalgia for a way of life long vanished."

Prefacep. 13
Twilight Amid Uneasy Splendourp. 17
Drum-girls Survive Confuciusp. 30
A Solitary Eunuch and Some 'Flower-girls'p. 49
Manchus, Lute and Vampire-foxp. 71
A Taoist Sage, a Hermaphrodite and a Dissolute Singing-Masterp. 91
White Russian Interludep. 115
Peking Duck and Opium Cloudsp. 139
Singing-girls among the Pine-treesp. 158
A Laughing Taoist and a Doubtful Confucianp. 178
Girls, Peaks, Tombs and Hermitsp. 199
Darknessp. 228
Dawn?p. 254
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ISBN: 9781570626371
ISBN-10: 1570626375
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st May 2001
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.3  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1