Book Review: All the Flowers in Shanghai: A Novel by Duncan Jepson
Posted May 24, 2012on:
I’m not sure what to think about this novel. I had a hard time connecting with the main character, Feng, from the beginning. She seemed so completely set apart from everything that was happening to her. And then in the middle of the story, she suddenly becomes incredibly angry to such an extreme that she makes some really terrible choices, and becomes completely unlikeable.
I found some of the language in this story to be odd (some slang that I don’t really think this character would have used), and some of the relationships hard to keep straight. Combined with a huge out-of-the-blue time jump in the latter third, and not feeling any kind of connection to the main character whatsoever, this all added up to a difficult book to stay engaged with.
Reviewed for the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. Advanced Reading Copy provided courtesy of HarperCollins.