In shanghai express zhang henshui used a recurring theme in traditional chinese literature love between an honest credulous man and a sly woman but he replaced the moral message of the traditional story that young men should not fall in love with amoral women with another message more suitable for modern times do not fall in love with someone who might bring about financial and . Every once and a while you read a book that turns out to be better than you thought it would be that happened to me with zhang henshuis shanghai express as the translator william a lyell explains the author was one of the most prolific and widely read of the popular writers of republican china of the 1920s and 30s. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for shanghai express a thirties novel fiction from modern china at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Abebookscom shanghai express a thirties novel fiction from modern china 9780824818302 by zhang henshui and a great selection of similar new used and collectible books available now at great prices. Still generally unconventional for their counterparts in chinese literature at the time zhangs narrative was published in 1935 as for the social point of view the train itself is a microcosm of china in the 1930s the author argues and only half humorously that in the eyes of society you are where you sit on the shanghai express
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