Shanghai Redemption, by Qiu Xiaolong

It has been said that the problem with poetry is that whatever poem you come up with, due to the limitations of the techniques at your disposal and the sheer devilish difficulty of writing, your poems will always fall short. The very best poem is always the poem that is yet to be written. Sigh…so poetry is difficult. Add copious amounts of poetry to a detective novel and what do you get? A damn difficult novel. (Continue…)

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