Manchu Palaces

Manchu Palaces

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Baker & Taylor
The Empress Dowager's bond servant, Lotus, decides to follow a spiritual path through the Forbidden City and down paths of erotic fancy in search of a place called Mandala, where life's troubles are left behind

Blackwell North Amer
At the midpoint of the Manchus' long sway over the largest empire in China's history, Lotus stands reluctantly on the brink of womanhood. Schooled in painting and music in the hope of securing a place in the imperial palaces of Beijing's Forbidden City, Lotus learns other arts from her father's concubine that are at odds wit the teachings of straitlaced Confucian scholars. Meanwhile, her lively, book-loving cousin prepares herself for the difficult life of a wife and daughter-in-law, seeking a suitable husband who isn't put off by the smallpox scars that mar her face.
As the cousins wend their way through the seductive world of the senses, a second tale, one of spiritual pilgrimage, unfolds: Lotus's beloved mother has died, and her spirit wanders between the realms, struggling to return to life in the flesh. While Lotus explores the mysteries of sex and seeks an end to her mourning, her mother refuses to learn the lessons of the gods and goddesses.

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& Taylor

The Empress Dowager's bond-servant, Lotus decides to follow a spiritual path through the Forbidden City and down paths of erotic fancy in search of place called Mandala, where life's troubles are left behind. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 1996
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805011111
0805011110
Branch Call Number: FIC La 1996
Characteristics: xix, 342 pages : map ; 25 cm

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