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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 Long Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739357835
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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 dazzling and distinctive fiction writer. New York Times Book Review “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.
  • “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 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 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 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 Sam Baber | 1/21/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/15/2014

    " Ang Lee did a beautiful job with the film. When I discovered the film was based on a book by Eileen Chang it was obvious that I had to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Yu | 1/7/2014

    " Didn't see the movie (yet), thought i'd see if my mind's eye was as graphic as Ang Lee's. And, NO. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookworm | 1/3/2014

    " Basically a short story about the plot to assassinate a powerful political figure who works for the Japanese occupational government and the girl who seduces him, how she falls in love with him, and the consequences of that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kabukigal | 11/17/2013

    " Subtly devastating. Emphasis on subtle. The first time I read it, I missed everything! The second time through I was gobsmacked! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvonne | 10/21/2013

    " I just read the English version ... maybe there's something lost in the translation. I want to watch the movie to get a better understanding of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M.H. Vesseur | 8/22/2013

    " Very insightful and beautiful hardcover edition with the original story, the complete screenplay and many essays on Eileen Chang and on Ang Lee's film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 6/30/2013

    " A short story - historically significant but not enough for me. Good, not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 6/11/2012

    " Although this is a love story, the dark and suspenseful backdrop of the war, was very educational. The brevity and word choice made for a really quick read, which was a refreshing change. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Issy | 12/6/2011

    " Hwauhuh? This book is like a stranger walking up to you and insulting you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/28/2011

    " I really liked this story, but I am glad I saw the movie first. The movie expanded on some of the issues and history in the book, issues that I was not familiar with prior. The story is ambiguous in a lot of ways, but I think it just adds to the aura. Great one-night read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/17/2010

    " Eileen Chang writes beautifully and the story, when fleshed out into the Ang Lee film is even better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 11/22/2009

    " Quick read--it took me a couple hours. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/9/2009

    " A novella masquerading as a book. The various introductions take up as many pages as the story. And the story is fascinating. Why did she do it? Are women really so selfless? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/18/2008

    " However ignoble the male protagonist is, there is something noble in him I can't quite put my finger on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 2/29/2008

    " It's not easy to understand Eileen Chang's. But when compared to Lust, Caution, all her other stories become much more obvious and appreciable. Director Ang Lee did a fantastic job in adapting this short story to a movie. I even love the movie more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Histteach24 | 11/23/2007

    " A must read! Thought provoking and powerful! What would you have done? Only 75 pages! Must see the movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 10/23/2007

    " I have rarely read a book that is so plot driven. It is so short that we barely get to know the characters, before the book is over. I think that was Chang's idea. She really wants readers to focus on the plot, however, I am not sure that the book is better for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nika | 10/5/2007

    " Zhang Eileen poses a feminist and complex question amidst the backdrop of the japanese occupation of Shanghai. The novella is beautifully written as is most anything by the author. "

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About the Author
Author Eileen ChangEileen Chang (1920–1995) was born in Shanghai. In 1952 she migrated to Hong Kong to work as a translator for the American News Agency. She fled Communist China for the United States in 1956, never to return again. After living in New York, Chang moved to California, where she was a prominent fiction writer, essayist, public intellectual, and translator. In September 1995 she was found dead in her Los Angeles department. Her works include Romances, The Rice-Sprout Song: A Novel of Modern China, and The Rouge of the North.