A Love Story: The China Memoirs of Thomas Rowley

A Love Story: The China Memoirs of Thomas Rowley

by Dean Barrett
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

In China, after a ferocious battle, an American lieutenant is forced to surrender to an all-female unit of Taiping rebels. These beautiful women warriors dressed in Hangchou and Suzhou silk were known as "the silken armies" and were fighting against the Manchu government in Beijing (Qing Dynasty). They then capture a beautiful English woman as well and parade Rowley

Overview

In China, after a ferocious battle, an American lieutenant is forced to surrender to an all-female unit of Taiping rebels. These beautiful women warriors dressed in Hangchou and Suzhou silk were known as "the silken armies" and were fighting against the Manchu government in Beijing (Qing Dynasty). They then capture a beautiful English woman as well and parade Rowley and the woman from village to village as foreign-devil captives. Rowley is used as a slave and a horse and brutally whipped and harshly treated. But Rowley and one of the Chinese women fall in love. Rowley now fights with them rather than against them but is wounded and separated from the woman he loves and over the years strives to find her.

Many years after his death his memoirs of his adventures in China surfaced in a New York auction house. His story is one of love, romance, erotica and, in the beginning, discipline and humiliation at the hands of beautiful and dominating Chinese women warriors. His adventures took place at the time when the American adventurer, Frederick Townsend Ward, was eventually killed by the Taipings and replaced by the British general, Charles (Chinese) Gordon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013162495
Publisher:
Village East Books
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
386 KB

Related Subjects

Meet the Author

Dean Barrett first arrived in Asia as a Chinese linguist with the Army Security Agency during the Vietnam War. He returned to the United States and received his Masters Degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii. He has lived in Asia for 30 years. His writing on Asian themes has won several awards including the PATA Grand Prize for Excellence.

Barrett is the author of nine novels set in Asia, Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior; Hangman’s Point – A Novel of Hong Kong; Kingdom of Make-Believe: A Novel of Thailand; Dragon Slayer, three novellas of China; Identity Theft; Skytrain to Murder, a detective novel of Thailand, Permanent Damage, a detective novel set in Thailand, and A Love Story: The China Memoirs of Thomas Rowley, a novel set in 1862 China.

His mystery novel set in New York City, Murder in China Red, stars a Chinese detective from Beijing. He has also written a humorous travel book on China, Don Quixote in China: The Search for Peach Blossom Spring. His plays have been performed in eight countries and his musical, Fragrant Harbour, set in 1857 Hong Kong, was selected by the National Alliance for Musical Theater to be staged on 42nd Street. For five years, he wrote a satirical column for the Hong Kong Standard under the name Uncle Yum Cha (“Uncle Drink Tea”). While living in New York, Mr. Barrett was a member of: Mystery Writers of America; PI Writers of America; Dramatists Guild; China Round Table.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >