- Tapa dura: 314 páginas
- Editor: Kessinger Publishing (1 de febrero de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1169879403
- ISBN-13: 978-1169879409
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The Hand of Fu Manchu Being a New Phase in the Activities of Fu Manchu the Devil Doctor (Inglés) Tapa dura – Texto grande, 1 feb 2011
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(LARGE PRINT EDITION) 1917. Rohmer (Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward) was a prolific English mystery writer, best known for the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu and his opponents Denis Nayland Smith, Dr. Petrie, named after the Egyptologist Flinders Petrie, and the beautiful Karamaneh, the source of Petrie's daydreams. He also wrote under the name Michael Furey. This is the third volume of the 14 Fu Manchu books written by Rohmer. The book begins: Who's there? I called sharply. I turned and looked across the room. The window had been widely opened when I entered, and a faint fog haze hung in the apartment, seeming to veil the light of the shaded lamp. I watched the closed door intently, expecting every moment to see the knob turn. But nothing happened. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
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Sax Rohmer (1883 1959) was a prolific English mystery writer who was best known for his thriller novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu-Manchu.
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In Rohmer's third book in the series, The Hand of Fu Manchu, the Chinese villain is up to his old tricks. As the story opens, Fu Manchu is assumed dead, but as is typical in these sorts of stories, you should never make such a presumption without a body. Soon enough, the heroes Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie (who bear more than a passing resemblance to Holmes and Watson) learn that Fu Manchu is alive though seriously wounded.
The book is actually an episodic series of adventures where the heroes and villains play cat-and-mouse in London. As with Rohmer's other books, this book is filled with demeaning language about the Chinese (and other non-whites), all of whom are considered sinister and duplicitous. An adult reader, wise to Rohmer's quaint views, might still enjoy the story if it is written well, like the Tarzan books (with their own antiquated views on race). Unfortunately, Rohmer is not really a good writer.
The principal flaw is that Smith and Petrie are dull characters. Smith is without flaws and seems to have no life outside of his mission to stop the "Yellow Peril". Petrie, at least, is able to notice women: he is, at the beginning of the book, engaged to the beautiful Karamaneh, though it is clearly a superficial love, as she seems to have no personality and really only exists to be constantly kidnapped and enslaved by Fu Manchu. Compared to such bland heroes, one has to almost cheer for Fu Manchu despite Rohmer's intentions; Fu Manchu is the more interesting character.
Even with Fu Manchu, though, we rarely get truly get great villainy. It is sort of like a Road Runner cartoon; you actually root for the coyote even if his schemes are doomed to fail. Actually, it's hard to fathom how Fu Manchu became one of the great villains in literature as Rohmer's writing is rather stiff and rarely exciting. I somehow made it through three Fu Manchu books, always hoping for something better. My constant disappointment, however, makes it unlikely that I will attempt a fourth. If you want to experience fun writing from this era, try the other writers I've mentioned.
My copy contained quite a few typographical errors. I contacted Echo Library regarding these, as well as plans to print more of the Fu Manchu series, but it sounds like there are none. As most of the remaining books are out of print, I truly felt like I was losing a friend when I finished this book.