Head over to Annie's blog for a review of this book. Excerpts:
Now, it is after reading the book that I am starting to wonder, how, why and when did the Chinese, who revere, respect and worship their emperors change their ways. When did the centuries of dynasty and royalty ruling end? Who was the last emperor? How did they go from a monarchy to a republic. Fair enough one could argue that the Red Guards, the Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap forward, little kids waving Chairman Mao's infamous little red book is a subtle hint that in China they have never completely gotten over their reverence for authority and still maintain a stark difference between the ruling class and the commoners.
Inspiration for stories has to come from somewhere. I just wish I knew where Pearl S Buck got it from