Mandarin Author:Robert elegant This brilliant and sweeping novel by the best-selling author of dynasty is at once a saga of two familes, a vast historical expic, and a passionate love story. — At its heart is China in the mid-nineteenth century the tumultuous era that saw the Taiping rebellion, the sack and destruction of the Imperial Palaces by the troops of the Western power... more »s, and the rise to power of the Imperial concubine Yenehala, who was to become China's formidable Dowager Empress.
The families are those of two merchants, partners and friends, on Chinese, the other european, who share in common the Jewish faith. Aisek Lee is one of the few Chinese born to Judaism, though adhering to the traditional values of chinese life and culture. His piety, loyalty to family and sense of honor are exemplary and will almost cost him his wealth and his life.« less