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  • Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Dover Pubn Inc; Auflage: Revised. (März 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0486298981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486298986
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,1 x 13 x 1 cm
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Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward (15 February 1883 – 1 June 1959), better known as Sax Rohmer, was a prolific English novelist. He is best remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 12. Januar 1999
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This is only one of many of Sax Rohmers amazing novels. It is very unfortunate that they are not more readily enjoyable because although they are not politically correct, they can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von bobby_adams@bigfoot.com am 11. Februar 1999
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This is the first of the Fu Manchu books. It is a lot like a Sherlock Holmes story set years in the future. Very exciting stuff. Dr Fu Manchu is also really mean!
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Sax Rohmer ist ganz gewiss kein Autor gewesen, den man als "politically correct" bezeichnen könnte - die "gelbe Gefahr" wird hier ganz schön beschworen, und man könnte sich durchaus daran stören, wenn die guten, gebildeten und moralisch einwandfreien westlichen Weißen gegen die heimtückischen, schmierigen, gierigen und verdorbenen hässlichen Asiaten kämpfen... Es ist schon wirklich weit über der Grenze, die man einem Autor durchlassen gehen könnte, und heutzutage wäre es ein Unding soetwas zu schreiben.
Wenn man aber darüber hinwegsehen kann, und dem Autor den Zeitbonus, in der er gelebt hat gibt, und die nicht zu verneinenden positiven handwerklichen Seiten seines Werks betrachtet, muss man sagen, dass man hier einen hochgradig spannenden und geschickt aufgebauten Folgenroman vor sich hat. Die einzelnen Episoden sind eher lose aneinander gekoppelt, bauen aber aufeinander auf. Der Spannungsbogen lässt einen den Roman kaum aus der Hand legen, und wenn man sich an die für heutige Verhältnisse etwas steife Sprache und Stil gewöhnt hat, kann man kaum genug bekommen von einem der ersten richtig großen Bösewichte der neueren Literaturgeschichte - das Vorbild für viele der James-Bond-Villains.

Durchaus empfehlenswert - aber ehrlicherweise sollte man sich schon etwas mit dem Menschenbild, das in diesen Romanen aufgebaut wird, auseinandersetzen, und nicht blind konsumieren.
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The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu (Dover Mystery Classics)

"Politically incorrect" ist mit Sicherheit auch eine Art um den Rassismus in dem Buch zu beschreiben. So stößt man auf Zeilen wie "a Chinaman--the owner of the evil yellow face" oder "a negro woman--gross, hideously ugly".
Wie auch immer... wenn das Buch, darüber hinaus, eine gute Geschichte geboten hätte, dann hätte ich darüber hinweg sehen können, aber leider ist das nicht der Fall.
Es scheint so, als ob der Erfolg des Buches allein auf der Angst vor der "Gelben Gefahr" beruht, wie sie zu der Zeit vorherrschte; wenn das einen Leser heute aber nicht mehr anspricht, dann bleibt von dem Werk leider nicht mehr viel übrig, als eine mittelmäßige Detektivgeschichte.
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An Exciting, Action-packed, and Chilling Romp of Pulpiness 17. Januar 2006
Von Ian Fowler - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When Nayland Smith, late of Burma, arrives on the London door-step of his friend (and our narrator) Dr. Petrie (no first name given), he reveals that he is in pursuit of a singularly evil man, "tall, lean, and feline, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan," who has come to spearhead the Yellow Peril conspiracy against the White race: the insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu.

Thus begins "The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu" (known as "The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu" in its native England) the first of a series of famous and infamous tales of one of the most famous super-villains in pulp fiction. Sax Rohmer's Fu-Manchu is evil personified: brilliant, ruthless, with a variety of weapons in his arsenal, murdering without a second thought. He is also a fictional face on an irrational, ambiguous prejudice, the Asian hordes waiting to enslave Europe and the United States. And through a series of events, Smith and Petrie (characters deliberately reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson) thwart this sinister villain, with mixed success.

As other reviewers have noted, Rohmer's work incorporates the racism prevalent in the society of the days. Taken from that prospective, "The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu" is really nothing more than a curious artifact of a less enlightened time. The modern reader has to accept that reality, or they will never be able to appreciate the book beyond that level.

And that would be a shame, for setting aside the racism, Rohmer is a good storyteller. In particular, Rohmer has a knack for atmosphere. There's a creepiness that hangs over the novel, as Fu-Manchu employs various bits of weirdness to carry out murders, including insects, poison gases, and spooky men who climb walls and howl in the night. Rohmer knows exactly what adjective use to describe Smith and Petrie's mounting horror at each new gimmick Fu-Manchu employs, creating some legitimate tension. A scene where Smith tells Petrie to run for his life is quite gripping, perhaps because it is so easy to imagine oneself in that position. Rohmer also has a strong sense for action, as our heroes find themselves in various physical fights, gun battles, and explosions. This aspect of Rohmer's writing certainly helps, since his dialogue is of the overwrought Victorian dime novel variety (naturally), and the character development is enough to make the plot work, but no more than that. Also, while the plot is entertaining, it's episodic, so don't expect too many twists or turns, or any real sophistication in the narrative. It's simply Smith and Petrie running to this event and that event, trying to thwart Fu-Manchu.

It's hard to be objective about this book and this character. On the one hand, Fu-Manchu is a great and scary villain. On the other hand, Fu-Manchu represents the ability to be completely racist without rationality. Ultimately, I think simply enjoying the ride while acknowledging the realities of this series is the pragmatic approach. For, the first novel is an exciting, action-packed, and chilling romp of pulpiness that is completely enjoyable.
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"A Gentleman to see you, Doctor." 26. Juni 2005
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This book introduces the characters and begins the course of events that sustain the first three novels of the series. Nayland Smith, Special Commisioner, having detected signs of organized insurgency in the Far East, surprises his good friend Dr. Petrie one quiet evening in London. He astounds the good doctor with tales of Eastern terrors and intrigue revolving around the figure of a mysterious Chinese doctor named Fu-Manchu, the evil genius at the center of a plot to subjugate the white races to oriental domination. As the plot unfolds, we, along with these two stout-hearted Englishmen, encounter many of Dr. Fu-Manchu's terrifying agents, including numerous representatives of mysterious Asiatic strangler cults, and frequent evidence of the Doctor's evil genius in the shape of the deadly drugs he has produced and the lethal bugs, apes and fungi he has bred. We also move in and out of opium dens, subterranean passageways, and loathsome dungeons in the very heart of the modern metropolis and in the peaceful bosom of the English countryside. The irresitibly seductive Egyptian slave girl Karamaneh, Fu-Manchu's most dangerous creature, completes the cast of characters. To reveal more, at this point, would be to spoil the pleasure and the surprise of the reader's first encounter with the thrilling and enchanting world of Dr. Fu-Manchu.
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The Wiles of the Devil Doctor, Fu-Manchu. 3. Juli 2006
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_The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu_, republished by Dover Publications, is an American edition of the first book of Sax Rohmer (a pseudonym for the author Arthur Sarsfield Ward (1883-1959)), published in America as _The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu_ (1913) and in England as _The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu_. Sax Rohmer (a pseudonym meaning "blade roamer") published these stories of a Chinese criminal mastermind in magazines in America and England before cobbling them together into book form as they appear here. These stories detail the exploits of the devil doctor, Dr. Fu-Manchu, a criminal mastermind of Chinese extraction, and part of the Young China movement, seeking to destroy the white race. Fu-Manchu is described as "Imagine a person, tall, lean, and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan, a close-shaven skull, and long, magnetic eyes of the true cat-green. Invest him with all the cruel cunning of an entire Eastern race, accumulated in one giant intellect. . . . Imagine that awful being, and you have a mental picture of Dr. Fu-Manchu, the yellow peril incarnate in one man." In the book, Fu-Manchu heads a Chinese criminal organization and operates behind the front of opium dens and uses dacoits as henchmen. The story is based upon many of the stereotypes about the Chinese people popular at the time, regarding them as cunning and nefarious, and the imminent threat of the "Yellow Peril" against the white race and is certainly unlikely to please the politically correct. Fu-Manchu makes use of many secret means to attack his foes, including the Zayat kiss, the call of Siva, and deadly elixirs which enable him to control life and death, as well as fungal extractions which allow for him to cause madness. Fu-Manchu also makes use of a beautiful Arabian (Oriental) slave girl, Karamaneh, who serves him so as to prevent him from harming her helpless brother Aziz. The heroes of the story include the narrator Dr. Petrie and Nayland Smith, recently returned from Burma and an active servant of king and country. The story mostly takes place in and around London and the Thames river, while the heroes try to capture the mad doctor and prevent him from doing further harm. However, the doctor always escapes their grasp. Dr. Petrie ends up falling under the spell of the beautiful Karamaneh and will attempt to aid her so she can finally free herself and her brother from the devil doctor. As the heroes track the doctor as he murders and causes mayhem, they must fear for their lives as he follows them closely with his evil dacoit henchmen. This story is a fairly interesting one which shows us a picture of the Orientals as seen by an Englishman of the late Nineteenth Century. The character of Dr. Fu-Manchu and the mystery surrounding him will appear again and again in all the writings of Sax Rohmer. He remains a classic villain and his exploits provide an entertaining yarn for those who read of them.
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Well written time capsule of early 20th century views of east/west relationships 2. Juli 2006
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Dr. Petrie is visited by long-time friend Nayland Smith and hurled into adventure. Smith, recently returned from British Burma, is on the trail of mysterious and evil Chinese scientist/political leader Dr. Fu Manchu. Fu Manchu and his fellows will stop at nothing to prevent Europe's leading students of the orient from revealing his secrets, and the plot to overturn the game of Empire as it was played in the early 20th Century to put China at the top of the world.

Fu Manchu has limited resources--a few practicers of Thuggee and Dacoits, but his scientific skills make up for this lack. He has access to rare poisons, secret gasses, trained monkies, and control of a beautiful woman willing to lead men to their doom. This woman, however, turns out to be a key to Smith's investigation when she falls for Petrie, saving him--and Smith--from certain death at the hands of Fu Manchu.

The opening novel in the long-running Fu Manchu series (Rohmer wrote approximately 14) is well constructed and fast-moving with Smith and Petrie always a step behind the brilliant Fu Manchu, yet willing to continue with plucky British spirit. Author Sax Rohmer shows a grudging respect for the evil Fu Manchu, but reflects the fears of his time--that the 'yellow peril' is fearsome indeed, and that a clash of civilization between the west and the inscrutible east is under weigh. That Fu Manchu's nation was largely occupied by western armies, forced to admit the Opium that poisoned some of China's finest minds, and that much of the rest of the east was a part of the British Empire added only the slightest tinge of sympathy for the evil Fu Manchu.

At a time when China is set to become the world's leading economy, fears of the 'yellow peril' are increasingly common and I felt it worthwhile to give THE INSIDIOUS DR. FU MANCHU another look. I thought Rohmer's writing held up well and that this story, unlike some of his later works which rely much too extensively on coincidence and luck. All in all, FU MANCHU makes for interesting reading an serves as a bit of a time machine into the mind of the British man-in-the-streets who saw the British Empire at its greatest extent, yet felt ever-threatened by the mysterious east.
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A unique and modern Doctor of Evil... 14. November 2003
Von Michael Valdivielso - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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While 'The Insidious Dr. Fun Manchu' was first published in novel form in 1913, I found him to be a refreshing villain. A cruel, ruthless criminal mind who happened to be the main character of the book. He is, after all, the title character. He was not the Hero's punching bag. Far from it. Most of the time this Master of Evil WON.
You can see the ghost of this great character within every evil genius of a James Bond film, but also you can find him being used by today's writers. He is in Kim Newman's 'Anno Dracula' and is even a major character in Alan Moore's graphic novel, 'The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen'.
I WILL get as many of the other books as I can get my hands on!
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