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The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution 1895-1980 by Johnathan Spence

I’ve read quite a few of Johnathan Spence’s books and enjoyed them. This was about Chinese literature during the revolution. I read it on a trip to China.

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Angel Pavement by J.B. Priestley

I heard a description of this book during a radio discussion about J.B. Priestley. It was quite amusing, the seedy clerical life in the city seemed feasible. I wondered if it had darker undertones of prejudice, but have never really explored this.

I read it while travelling in China, and it made pleasant light reading on the Chinese sleeper trains.

Treason by the Book by Johnathan Spence

I read this while on a trip to China and it gave me some feel for the legal system in Qing
dynasty China. In addition, pro-Ming opposition to the Qing dynasty was thought provoking.
I’ve often wondered what parallels can be drawn with modern China from this, but not really
read anything that explored it. Perhaps the parallels are superficial.