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The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu de Tom Lin

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu (edição: 2021)

de Tom Lin (Autor)

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Título:The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu
Autores:Tom Lin (Autor)
Informação:Little, Brown and Company (2021), 288 pages
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The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu de Tom Lin


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The plot here is very simple. Ming Tsu is jailed and forced to work on railroad construction in the western United States for several years in the late 1800's. He is separated from his wife who is the love of his life. Once he escapes he goes on a quest for vengeance to make the men pay for what they did to him. He is not above killing many others along the way. That done, his ultimate goal is to reunite with his wife. He has many adventures including a stint with a traveling magic show. This a capably written novel of revenge checkered by love. ( )
  muddyboy | Sep 26, 2021 |
This is like reading a Quentin Tarantino movie! Tons of violence, yet somehow it pulled me into the story and the main character Ming Tsu is memorable. Ming was orphaned and raised by a white man whose life was crime yet he showed love to Ming. Ming has fallen in love with a white woman and they elope. The wife's father has hired killers to kill Ming, but Ada pleads for his life and he is taken to work on the railroad with the other Chinese. Now he is determined to kill those who caused him so much pain.

The kills a man to escape from the railroad and ventures onto a path back to Sacrament to Ada that is filled with violence as he kills one man after another without any kind of remorse or guilt. Along the way he encounters a "traveling show" which shows miracles - one being Hazel who is able to withstand fire. Along with the troupe and the Ringleader is a young boy Hunter.

This is the story of Ming who outwardly is so cold and violent yet is capable of love and tenderness to those around him especially Hazel and Hunter. The travel West is over the mountains and unbelievable scenes of violence and hardship including a gang of killers they meet along the way.

When he reaches Sacrament, he finds Ada (spoiler: his killer reflexes actually kills her). It seems she was afraid of his killing nature and although she loved him, agreed to have him removed from her.

Actually, this is an interesting book and character study of a man so prone to violence, yet capable of so much concern for others. Well-written. (Sometimes, I did have to wonder why I was reading all the blood and killing, yet each chapter pulled me into the other - and the ending was will done). ( )
  maryreinert | Sep 3, 2021 |
audiobook (10 hours), adult fiction - adventure/western, a US-born Chinese assassin plots his revenge as he journeys from Salt Lake City back to Sacramento, in the company of a blind prophet, and a circus of people with magical abilities, set in the railroad-building days of Utah-Nevada-California, by a Chinese-American author who is local to Northern California.

I don't read a lot of westerns and would not have picked this up if this weren't a local POC author producing significant buzz, but I enjoyed this--lots of action scenes (watch out for that sharpened railroad spike) as well as a little romance, some characters with fantastic abilities, a bit of railroad history from the point of view of the "disposable" Chinese workers, and a whole lot of vengeance. ( )
  reader1009 | Aug 16, 2021 |
This is a western story set in the time when they were building the transcontinental railroad. It is also a story of revenge and magical realism. Ming Tsu is a Chinese man who was raised by a white man and trained to be an assassin. When his wife is taken from him and he is forced out, he finds himself working on a railroad gang until the time is right to seek his revenge to those who wringed him and get his wife back. With the assistance of and old blind Chinese man known as the Prophet, they set out. They hook up with a traveling magic show as they head west. This is a violent story as the title suggests, and it is all about Ming and how he fits in this world of his. I found it quite enjoyable and fascinating. I was first put off by the magical realism, but it worked and I am glad I read it. ( )
  grumpydan | Aug 12, 2021 |
This is more a video game in words than a novel. There are great characters: The Ringleader, The Prophet, The Deaf-Mute Boy who can transmit his voice into other people's minds (but not theirs into his), the Indian who can erase memories, The Woman Who is Impervious to Fire. Then there's Ming Tsu himself a Chinese-American orphan and expert gunslinger who is used to highlight the racism of the west. All of these people together could have made a fascinating story, instead, it's just murder and vengeance over and over and over again. What a waste of a good idea. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Jun 24, 2021 |
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