Poshek Fu (United States), professor of history, University of Illinois, author of Passivity, Resistance and Collaboration, Intellectual Choices in Occupied Shanghai, 1937-1940
I greatly appreciate your focus on Qiu Beibei who, as you say, hasn’t been studied much but the significance of her life and romance with Mu shed important light on the times. This is a sensitive, thoughtful and poignant story. The ending is very effective. It is hard not to be touched by the heroine’s love of her husband and to worry about her fate in encountering the Japanese monster.