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The Court of the Lion

Eleanor Cooney and Daniel Altieri

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ISBN 10: 0877959021 / ISBN 13: 9780877959021
Published by Morrow, New York, 1989
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed "For Narney our saviour, Daniel Altieri and Eleanor Cooney" A novel of the Tang Dynasty 738 AD. On the flyleaf page is a drawing made by a young child of a tree and a spotted owl. Bookseller Inventory # 003827

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Title: The Court of the Lion

Publisher: Morrow, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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In a tale set in eighth-century China during the T'ang dynasty, the emperor's power dwindles as, one-by-one, those nearest to him are eliminated, and only the eunuch Kao Li-Shih is left to save the empire

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Set in eighth century China during the T'ang dynasty, this massive historical novel quickly captures the imagination while its accuracy of detail rewards readers interested in the period. In the glittering court of Emperor Minghuang, the death of the young crown prince sets off whispers of murder. On the heels of this tragedy, Minghuang is forced to banish his beloved empress for the crime of dabbling in witchcraft. While the emperor slips into a terrible depression, his sly, deceitful chief minister gathers power. Kao Li-Shih, the sharp-witted chief eunuch, reawakens Minghuang by sending him the beauteous Precious Consort, but love only causes China's ruler to further neglect his duties. Precious Consort's sisters, the Yangs, are a delicious parody of the three graces as they glide through the palace with their bitchy, amusing chatter hiding swift intelligence. As a spirit of decadence takes hold in the court, the Yangs mistakenly champion the barbarian general An Lu-Shan, a laughing trickster who eventually moves to crush the T'ang dynasty despite all that Kao Li-Shih does to stop him. Vivid characters and alluring descriptions make this first novel by a gifted team a triumphant mix of fact and fiction.
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