ALL THE TEARS IN CHINA
By Sulari Gentill
I really enjoyed reading ‘All The Tears in China’ by Australian writer, Sulari Gentill. Although a light read, it is perfect for whiling away the long hours of an overseas flight. The story is convoluted enough for one to lose oneself in the characters and the intrigue of life in a past era quite fascinating.
This book is Gentill’s tenth in the series using the lead character of Rowland Sinclair: a wealthy land owner in Australia, who seems to find trouble wherever he travels around the world. This time he is in Shanghai with several of his artistic friends. After Rowland finds a Russian girl, he has met once, murdered in his hotel room, he and his entourage get caught up with some unsavoury characters who want to have Rowland charged for the murder and lead them all on a merry chase.
As the book is set in the mid-1930s, it gives a perfect picture of life in Shanghai during that era. The Nazi regime is on the rise, and the Japanese play a big part in all sections of life in this Chinese city. This of course leads to more intrigue and confusion, but makes for an excellent read.
I was very impressed by the headings of each chapter where a newspaper article was displayed explaining not only things that were used in that chapter, but giving one an insight into life in Shanghai and its society during the 1930s. Some things like the description of a poultice, which had been used on me as a child, many readers would have never come across before. Such descriptions were a great assistance in making all the scenarios come to life.
As I said, if you are planning an overseas journey I can recommend this book to keep you awake and interested on a long flight.
Reviewed by Julie Finch-Scally November 2019
Title: All The Tears in China
Author: Sulari Gentill
Publisher: Pantera Press
ISBN: 978-1-925700-05-3 (paper back)