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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (369 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eileen Chang Narrator: Jodi Lon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Now a major motion picture from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback MountainCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon): an intensely passionate story of love and espionage, set in Shanghai during World War II.

In the midst of the Japanese occupation of China and Hong Kong, two lives become intertwined: Wong Chia Chi, a young student active in the resistance, and Mr. Yee, a powerful political figure who works for the Japanese occupational government. As these two move deftly between Shanghai’s tea parties and secret interrogations, they become embroiled in the complicated politics of wartime—and in a mutual attraction that may be more than what they expected. Written in lush, lavish prose, and with the tension of a political thriller, Lust, Caution brings 1940s Shanghai artfully to life even as it limns the erotic pulse of a doomed love affair.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dazzling and distinctive fiction writer.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A master of the short story…Chang’s world is a stark and mysterious place where people strive to find their way in love but often fail under the pressures of family, tradition, and reputation.”

    New Yorker

  • “Chang’s sensual writing has elements of both China and the United States; the smoky, formal world of respect for tradition and the irresistible, harshly lighted future.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Chang has strong and sensuous power of description…Her stories could hardly be more eloquent.”

    New York Review of Books

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angela Smith | 2/19/2014

    " A quick read - I finished it in a day. The book had a forward that gave a lot of the author's history, which was very interesting. It's a short story, so I'm curious to see how they turned it into a full-length movie. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie | 2/15/2014

    " Amazing. I read this after I saw the movie and was impressed by how well the movie was adapted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Crystal | 2/1/2014

    " The story was amazing, but I feel that I missed out on a lot of the beauty of the author's writing due to translation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sam Baber | 1/21/2014

    " A memorable tale of erotic intrigue and so much better than the film adaptation. "

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