Night in Shanghai



[Reading] ➸ Night in Shanghai By Nicole Mones – E17streets4all.co.uk In this stunningly researched novel, Nicole Mones not only tells the forgotten story of black musicians in the Chinese jazz age, but also weaves in a startling true tale of Holocaust heroism little kn In this stunningly researched novel, Nicole Mones not only tells the forgotten story of black musicians in the Chinese jazz age, but also weaves in a startling true tale of Holocaust heroism little known in the WestIn , classical pianist Thomas Greene is recruited to Shanghai to lead a jazz orchestra of fellow African American expats From being flat broke in segregated Balti to living in a mansion with servants of his own, he becomes Night in PDF or the toast of a city obsessed with music, money, pleasure and power, even as it ignores the rising winds of war Song Yuhua is refined and educated, and has been bonded since age eighteen to Shanghai s most powerful crime boss in payment for her father s gambling debts Outwardly submissive, she burns with rage and risks her life spying on her master for the Communist PartyOnly when Shanghai is shattered by the Japanese invasion do Song and Thomas find their way to each other Though their union is forbidden, neither can back down from it in the turbulent years of occupation and resistance that follow Torn between music and survival, freedom and commitment, love and world war, they are borne on an irresistible riff of melody and improvisation to Night in Shanghai s final, impossible choiceIn this stunningly researched novel, Nicole Mones not only tells the forgotten story of black musicians in the Chinese jazz age, but also weaves in a startling true tale of Holocaust heroism little known in the West.Night in Shanghai

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  • Hardcover
  • 278 pages
  • Night in Shanghai
  • Nicole Mones
  • English
  • 14 June 2018
  • 0547516177

10 thoughts on “Night in Shanghai

  1. says:

    A forbidden love story set in the backdrop of Japanese invasion in Shanghai will totally going to awe your mind by its passion, pain and sacrifice amidst of war and bloodshed Nicole Mones, an American author, has penned down a riveting love story based on the true events during the Japanese invasion in Shanghai in 1936If you want knowledge, you must take part in the practice of changing reality If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself If yo A forbidden love story set in the backdrop of Japanese invasion in Shanghai will totally going to awe your mind by its passion, pain and sacrifice amidst of war and bloodshed Nicole Mones, an American author, has penned down a riveting love story based on the true events during the Japanese invasion in Shanghai in 1936If you want knowledge, you must take part in the practice of changing reality If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution All genuine knowledge originates in direct experienceMao Tse TungBack in 1936, Shanghai, was the most happening city in Asia thereby hordes of people are migrating in Shanghai, in order to find work Similarly, a young African American guy, named, Thomas Greene, too finds himself among those people, to join a jazz orchestra in Shanghai From being broke in America to an almost rich man living in a house full of servants in Shanghai, Thomas finds himself in the midst of colorful nights and culture of Shanghai His days are prosperous, his employer, Lin Ming, the illegitimate son of the most nasty and politically powerful man in Shanghai, named, Du, being his best pal, having an affair with a Russian blond, Anya and always catching the eyes of the most beautiful Chinese girl, named Song Yuhua, a bonded servant of Du But soon his happy days comes to an end when the Nationalist party couldn t stop Japan from invading Shanghai in the south, whereas in the east, the Communist party is growing their power bit by bit and in the difficult times,andpeople are joining the Communist party to save their homeland Among those many people, SongYuhua, also one who has vowed to serve her nation till her very last breath Slowly, Thomas and Song, becomesthan friends and at last end up in each other arms Their love is dangerous and forbidden because, Song was the bonded servant and in her bond, she cannot be with any other man But still she breaks that bond, finds the way to Thomas s apartment When Japan is dropping bombs in the streets of Shanghai, Song and Thomas were wrapped up in each other s skin But in the end love and pleasure never becomes a forever thing Whereas on the other, Lin had found love with a prostitute named, Pearl, but after Japanese invasion, he too loses her amidst of dirty Japanese soldier Well, in the end , Night in Shanghai, known as Ye Shanghai, becomes deadly and dirty with opium clubs and dirty crimes and those warmness, brightness, colors, aura and fragrances of Ye Shanghai gets lost in the stench of blood and drugs.The climax is beautiful the description is so vivid and colorful, that the image is forever going to etch over our minds This story is completely based on actual facts and events The way the author has woven this tale, it is quite evident that the author s love for Shanghai is very true and strong The clashes and tension between Nationalists and Communists parties, Green gang movement, Germany s throwing out of the Jews and finding their way to Shanghai with the help of fake Visas, the Japanese chief luring the Chinese people to join their hands with them, the droppings of bombs, the stench of death in every corner, the torture and pain and the Communists growing stronger by each passing day and finally the war everything has been mentioned so strikingly and eloquently The characters are so well developed and are quite remarkable in their natures The plot is highly intriguing and enthralling to read with a good pace The book has got two love stories with an amount of mystery, first is between Song and Thomas, whose love story takes a sweet, tragic end, leading to sacrifice for one s own nation and Pearl and Lin, whose love story is painful and passionate and will break your heart in millions of pieces The music, lyrics and jazz makes the bookanddelectable Thanks to the author, Nicole Mones and her publisher in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, for the copy of the book, in return for an honest review

  2. says:

    engaging piece of historical fiction Explores a little known bit of nazi resistance based in China Very likable protagonists.

  3. says:

    Mones has written a thoroughly captivating book set in Shanghai in the late 1930 s just before and the during the Japanese take over of the city We arrive on Shanghai w Thomas a young Afr Am musician, classically trained, who is being thrust into a jazz band when he knows little about jazz and its improvisational riffs and tempos Mones is a fabulous writer and we are swept away w Thomas on this incomparable personal adventure as a musician, social adventure freed from racial prejudice in fac Mones has written a thoroughly captivating book set in Shanghai in the late 1930 s just before and the during the Japanese take over of the city We arrive on Shanghai w Thomas a young Afr Am musician, classically trained, who is being thrust into a jazz band when he knows little about jazz and its improvisational riffs and tempos Mones is a fabulous writer and we are swept away w Thomas on this incomparable personal adventure as a musician, social adventure freed from racial prejudice in fact being rather a celebrity as an AfrAm jazz musician, and political adventure surviving the various alliances of Japanese occupied Shanghai Mones created a rich tapestry of interesting characters both fictional and real I learned not only about how Jazz musicians were recruited in America to perform in Shanghai, but also how powerful Chinese men actively sought to provide refuge for tens of thousands of Jewish people in Shanghai.Partly a love story between Thomas and a strong young Chinese woman committed to the Communist cause, partly a moving tribute to friendships between the various people trying to survive these war fraught years, it is a fascinating rendition music, food, sights of a time and place from new perspectives I m sure I read at least half a dozen books of that era set in shanghai maybeBut I loved all the new things I learned and new perspectives Loved the book and Mones She is an amazingly smart and energetic woman whose passions for China and history I appreciate

  4. says:

    Night in Shanghai has a fascinating premise Thomas Greene, an African American jazz musician lives in Shanghai in the 1930s, experiencing freedom he could never find in the US He becomes involved with a Chinese woman who is linked up with Chinese gangsters, but it takes a long time for that relationship to develop and the gangster subplot is not developed and seems misplaced The character development in this novel is not strong enough for the reader to develop any connection with the story.

  5. says:

    Find this and other reviews at am thoroughly captivating by WWII Fiction or non, it doesn t matter If it relates to the war, it s a safe bet I m in, which is what led me to Nicole Mones Night in Shanghai Set against the glitz and glamour of China s jazz age, the book highlights a world rarely seen, a lifestyle and atmosphere about to fall victim to war and years of Japanese occupation, but this is only the beginning of its appeal Mones explores the Find this and other reviews at am thoroughly captivating by WWII Fiction or non, it doesn t matter If it relates to the war, it s a safe bet I m in, which is what led me to Nicole Mones Night in Shanghai Set against the glitz and glamour of China s jazz age, the book highlights a world rarely seen, a lifestyle and atmosphere about to fall victim to war and years of Japanese occupation, but this is only the beginning of its appeal Mones explores the era through Thomas Greene, a classically trained, African American pianist Forced to adapt quickly, Greene is soon enjoying a success and freedom he could only dream of in his segregated homeland The inherent contrast is striking to say the least and represents an intriguingly thought provoking aspect of the larger story.Song is an equally compelling personality Rising above her own set of hardships, she strives to find herself and embrace her interests despite her circumstances Her interest in politics might be hard for some readers to appreciate, but I thought it a provocative choice and appreciated how Mones used Song to illustrate traditionally masculine subject matter within her narrative Also of note, the historic cast Though their story lines aren t as cohesive as I might have liked, I was quite taken with Mones portrayal of Earl Whaley, Ho Feng Shan and Aaron Avshalomov Though supporting characters, their involvement in the story inspired me to dig deeper in the history that inspired the book and truly appreciate the content of Mones work.A remarkably engaging read, Night in Shanghai explores an oft forgotten chapter of the war Notable both for its characters and content, the book is an absolute must for any fan of war time fiction

  6. says:

    This is a wonderful story of a young black musician Thomas Greene, who, in 1936, leaves the segregated USA to work in as a band leader in Shanghai The jazz scene in Shanghai in vibrant and open and accepting to blacks However, Thomas is unaware that war is brewing between Japan and China as well as in Europe Soon after finding success and respect in his new home the realities of war make themselves known Mones has included many real historical people in her story, including musicians, politi This is a wonderful story of a young black musician Thomas Greene, who, in 1936, leaves the segregated USA to work in as a band leader in Shanghai The jazz scene in Shanghai in vibrant and open and accepting to blacks However, Thomas is unaware that war is brewing between Japan and China as well as in Europe Soon after finding success and respect in his new home the realities of war make themselves known Mones has included many real historical people in her story, including musicians, politicians, key military figures and even victims of crime She has done an extraordinary amount of research including the discovery of a long lost article about a Jewish Resettlement Plan that was to create a community of 100, 000 Jews on the China Burmese border it never came to fruition, but how fascinating The book also gives us insight into the Green Gang who had a strong presence in the city, the Shanghai nightlife and the Concession system of a city divided into Foreign communities Concessions where each country was allowed to enact their own laws Thomas learns which parts of the city are safe and open to him and which are dangerous the American Concession still had racial laws Later we see how the Japanese siege of the city impacted the lives of the differing citizens, and some of what we learn is surprising.Communism was a new movement in China and there is a struggle between the Nationalists and the Communists as well the invading Japanese Thomas is aware of this but we are given additional insight through the eyes of his connected friend Lin Ming and Thomas forbidden lover There is also another storyline involving the Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler, many of them musicians, and how Ho Feng Shan, the Chinese Consul in Vienna saved thousands of them by writing fake visas.Throughout the novel we are engrossed in the story of Thomas, his love of music, his struggle to stay in Shanghai, continue playing his music, keep his friends safe, keep himself safe, and finally to make difficult choices Lovers of music will relish the descriptions of the music, the rich music scene in Shanghai and Thomas musical growth We also read about the food, the clothing, housing, gambling, opium, concubines, and how Thomas deals with servants, shopping andWe learn how the Japanese introduced their new drug heroin There are so many characters to care about in this novel, and we care about many of them It is not a long book, but it is packed with a fascinating, moving story and an important history lesson win win

  7. says:

    Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones was recommended on a thread discussing The Book of Harlan by Bernice McFadden on the Goodreads group, African American Historical Fiction These novels are linked by their African American musician protagonists and the fact that they both take place in World War II I already knew that the situation for Jews in WWII Shanghai was unique I had an instructor in college who fled Germany in the 1930 s and took refuge in Shanghai It was from him that I first learne Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones was recommended on a thread discussing The Book of Harlan by Bernice McFadden on the Goodreads group, African American Historical Fiction These novels are linked by their African American musician protagonists and the fact that they both take place in World War II I already knew that the situation for Jews in WWII Shanghai was unique I had an instructor in college who fled Germany in the 1930 s and took refuge in Shanghai It was from him that I first learned that Shanghai had been a major haven for European Jews and Communists during WWII It seems evident that this happened with the consent of the Japanese occupiers of Shanghai What isn t entirely clear is why Shanghai accepted so many refugees from the Nazis I gained some insight into this situation from reading Night in Shanghai.There was a romance in this novel, but it was somewhat peripheral This is not a romance novel The relationship existed for plot and thematic reasons There is no HEA Happily Ever After.The sentimental part of me wished that the female protagonist believed in the romancethan she did, but I could see why Nicole Mones chose otherwise for these characters Other readers disagree I have seen reviews that are deeply critical of this book s ending I found it both chilling and bitterly ironic.I thought this book was original and that Nicole Mones showed us hard truths because perfection isn t possible Night in Shanghai is the best historical fiction that I ve read in the first half of 2016.For the blog version of this review see

  8. says:

    Nicole Mones is one of my favorite writers I ve enjoyed her other novels and was excited to read Night in Shanghai , not just because I love her writing, but also because it s a time period that I find fascinating.This story, unlike others from WWII Shanghai, features a black jazz musician from Balti Thomas Greene was one of many jazz musicians who found acceptance in 1930s Shanghai, a place without the segregation laws and other prejudices of the US Greene falls for Song, an English spe Nicole Mones is one of my favorite writers I ve enjoyed her other novels and was excited to read Night in Shanghai , not just because I love her writing, but also because it s a time period that I find fascinating.This story, unlike others from WWII Shanghai, features a black jazz musician from Balti Thomas Greene was one of many jazz musicians who found acceptance in 1930s Shanghai, a place without the segregation laws and other prejudices of the US Greene falls for Song, an English speaking indentured servant of notorious gangster, Du Yuesheng Song is usedas a front for Du s affairs apart from his four wives , but will not be able to gain her freedom for another ten years To numb her pain, she joins the Communist Party and spies on Du Night in Shanghai also weaves in the story of the Shanghai Jewish refugees and the Nationalist Party s plan to gain favor in the West by resettling 100,000 European Jews in Western China Those plans are of course shot down, but it s commendable of Mones to resurrect this little known history

  9. says:

    I wanted to read Night in Shanghai because it is set in Shanghai in the 1930s and 1940s and it has an inter ethnic couple It was about the couple, but also the atmosphere of politics in China and war approaching, as well as the culture of Shanghai at the time There were various groups of people living in Shanghai like french, jewish, americans and other internationals That old world Shanghai fascinated me I m sad it no longer exists in the same way it did then.What kept me from giving this a I wanted to read Night in Shanghai because it is set in Shanghai in the 1930s and 1940s and it has an inter ethnic couple It was about the couple, but also the atmosphere of politics in China and war approaching, as well as the culture of Shanghai at the time There were various groups of people living in Shanghai like french, jewish, americans and other internationals That old world Shanghai fascinated me I m sad it no longer exists in the same way it did then.What kept me from giving this a higher rating were the parts about music I just didn t get it, probably because I don t know about music classical piano or jazz.My favorite parts to read were of Thomas and the guy who played classical music I can t recall his name in hotels and Ho Feng Shan trying to help Jewish people seek refuge in China I might try re reading this sometime to refresh my mind, maybe I ll like it better and see if I give it a higher rating

  10. says:

    Another book that I picked because I wanted to read it I was in the mood for a good love story set in a foreign area Sadly this book was not for me I tried really hard to want to love or even like this book as I read so many did like this book I did not fall in love with the characters It was the location that did win me over However this was not enough for me to stick with this book after a while It started out slow I then jumped a few chapters and started reading again I was starting Another book that I picked because I wanted to read it I was in the mood for a good love story set in a foreign area Sadly this book was not for me I tried really hard to want to love or even like this book as I read so many did like this book I did not fall in love with the characters It was the location that did win me over However this was not enough for me to stick with this book after a while It started out slow I then jumped a few chapters and started reading again I was starting to get into the story and thought ok, I just did not give it enough time My excitement was too quick and I soon faltered again The descriptive writing by the author was nice as it did help me to envision Shanghai but it was this same writing that helped drag the story on for me So with a lack of interest in the characters and the long drawn out writing of the story, I finally threw in the towel

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