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Book Review: Daughter of Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer

Daughter of Fu Manchu Sax Rohmer

Genre: Adventure / Crime / Mystery

Fun Manchu Books are rather weird. They are enjoyable for sure if you read them as over-the-top conspiracy novels. However, their racist and sexist nature can make some of us uncomfortable. This might result in reviews and ratings that are quite unjustified.

The Story

Daughter of Fu Manchu, fourth book in the series, is yet another great thriller from Sax Rohmer. This novel originally appeared in twelve instalments in Collierโ€™s Magazine. It is a bit different from the other books in the series; the focus is on his half-Russian daughter, Fah Lo Suee.

Mysterious events unfold at an archaeological site in Egypt. Fu Manchu is supposed to be dead, but the case has uncanny similarities with the ones where Fu Manchu was involved. Soon our hero takes on Fah Lo Suee and towards the end Fu Manchu himself turns up.

The Style

Like the other Fu Manchu novels, this one too is marked by a sinister plot and swift pace. The fatal attractions include mummy tombs, exotic poisons, zombie drugs, and enigmatic oriental death cults. If you believe in books that are so-bad-that-they-are-good, then try this out. Itโ€™s a cheap, racist, on-the-edge page turner.

Darn it! Who wants to be politically correct?

Similar Books:

The Master Magician by Loring Brent

Slaves of Sumuru by Sax Rohmer

16 thoughts on “Book Review: Daughter of Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer

  1. This sounds a little like an Indiana Jones style story! With all the antiquated cultural criticisms! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad you’ve enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. The world is too politically correct, people seem to not appreciate that at the time this would probably have been more acceptable, not to excuse it of course but it is the way it was. It does sound like a fun romp.

    • Yeah, the idea is being straight without hurting anyone’s feelings. Sometimes being politically correct can overlap with hypocrisy and any form of art, of course, doesn’t go to well with this kind of approach.

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