The Binding Chair
'A vivid family saga. The characters come alive on the page. May a delightful puzzle of contradictions, Arthur a loveable fool, and his neurotic sister Dolly and her kind but neglectful stockmarket whiz of a husband provide ample entertainment. Harrison has also convincingly captured the Shanghai of the early 20th century, a jarring, cacophonous, swarming city of possibility.' Evening Standard 'This is a tale as absorbing and exciting as Arthur Golden's Memoirs Of A Geisha. The use of a fast-paced, two sided narrative, combined with the recurring theme of May's disfigurement, propel the reader, fascinated and appalled, through the pages' Sunday Express 'The Binding Chair is a disturbing, beautifully plotted novel, intricate in its detail and panoramic in its sweep. The main strand follows the life of May, a compelling, contradictory figure, both wonderful and terrible for her lack of illusions. Themes and images ripple through the novel. It presents us with a world in which tragedy is natural and everyday, where beauty is a reminder of cruelty.' Daily Telegraph
Publisher: London, Eng. : Fourth Estate, 001, c2000.
Characteristics: xi, 312 p. ;,20 cm.