An image of woodcuts of war-time China 1937-1945. Picture: Leemage An image of woodcuts of war-time China 1937-1945. Picture: Leemage
An image of woodcuts of war-time China 1937-1945. Picture: Leemage

Review |
Tale of four real-life escapees from 1949 Shanghai fails to captivate

  • Helen Zia’s Last Boat Out of China is burdened by too much information, while the characters’ personal details seem tame compared with backdrop of war
  • We follow police chief’s son Benny; twice abandoned Bing; Ho, the son of landowners; and Annuo, daughter of a Nationalist soldier

Topic |   Chinese authors
An image of woodcuts of war-time China 1937-1945. Picture: Leemage An image of woodcuts of war-time China 1937-1945. Picture: Leemage
An image of woodcuts of war-time China 1937-1945. Picture: Leemage
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