Man's Fate, Paperback
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Shanghai, 1927, and revolution is in the air. As the city becomes caught up in violence and bloodshed, four people's lives are altered inexorably: idealist and intellectual Kyo Gisors, one of the leaders of the Communist insurrection, who is also trying to deal with his own marital strife; Ch'en Ta Erh, an assassin and terrorist brutalized by killing; Baron de Clappique, a French gambler, opium dealer and gun runner; and Russian revolutionary Katov, who calmly watches events unfold, until he has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Each of these men must try to resolve their personal conflicts amid political turmoil, conspiracy and betrayal. "Man's Fate", first published in 1933 and now reissued as a "Penguin Modern Classic", is a gripping story of conflict, free will and our power to shape our destiny.




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A novel that eventually won me over. Malraux's prose is sometimes a little too philosophical and poetic to the extent it takes you out of the action. Characters mumbling certain lines out loud also seems far fetched. Yet the writing itself is good and for all the personal opinions and life philosophy Malraux inserts into <i>Man's Fate</i> he does succeed in crafting a quite moving novel. It's a slow burner but by the time of the inevitable outcome I couldn't help but feel for the various sad fates that awaited the cast.Infused with his own outlook and written with obvious sympathy for the Communist movement in China (and the terrorists within it) this novel might not appeal to all but it's certainly one worth giving a try.

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