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In the Fabled East

June 2010

“Schroeder's dexterity, using multiple narrators, turns [In the Fabled East] into a risky literary enterprise well worth the journey...With this young writer, in addition to characters you want to hang out-with (or eavesdrop on), you'll get an engrossing, frequently surprising plot to keep you second-guessing. You'll also get a new appreciation for how good the English language really is in the hands of a literary acrobat. Perhaps most importantly, you'll get so immersed in the world he creates that it might take some time to emerge from it.”

BC Bookworld, Jun 15, 2010
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In the Fabled East

May 2010

“In the Fabled East blends compelling realism with a naturalistic approach to myth and magic realism...Schroeder creates a novel that, while rich in echoes of works like Heart of Darkness and Lost Horizon, is breathtakingly original and shockingly powerful...Simply put, In the Fabled East, is a winner, drawing on disparate elements to create a singular, stunning whole.”

Vancouver Sun, May 8, 2010
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In the Fabled East

May 2010

“The ‘fabled’ in the title is a meaningful indicator...the characters fashioned out of varying cultural interpretations of the East in their time periods. The contrast of real and imagined, mythic and stereotypic, is pervasive...But as historical fiction, the novel isn’t really a critique of that era as much as it is of that era...I rooted for the characters to achieve...a happy ending amidst Schroeder’s imaginative largesse.”

Vancouver Review, May 1, 2010
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In the Fabled East

April 2010

“The novel’s strength lies in its descriptions; the focus is on immersing the reader in a place...”

Quill & Quire, Apr 30, 2010
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In the Fabled East

April 2010

“Schroeder is a sensitive, postcolonial Canadian alert to the facades erected by suffering natives and bluff imperialists alike.”

Georgia Straight, Apr 1, 2010
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In the Fabled East

March 2010

"How welcome is an enjoyable novel that seems so unapologetically on the wrong side of today’s literary and cultural politics! "

Globe & Mail, Mar 30, 2010
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In the Fabled East

March 2010

“In the Fabled East is a sublime and often hilarious travel adventure.”

TORO Magazine, Mar 12, 2010
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In the Fabled East

March 2010

“Schroeder deliciously conjures the mad, hot, stinking confusion that is Indochine, the jumble of native and colonial customs, the bullock carts, betel juice, rickshaws and rice pounders alongside white linen suits, afternoon cocktails and louche French girls with their tennis games and sunstroke. A book to read, a writer to watch.”

Telegraph-Journal, Mar 6, 2010
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In the Fabled East

January 2010

“Penticton's Adam Lewis Schroeder showed his well-travelled side in his book of stories, Kingdom of Monkeys (2001), and ventured into historical fiction in Empress of Asia (2006). His next novel, In the Fabled East (March), sounds as if it will combine both passions. According to novelist Annabel Lyon, it weaves together ‘history and myth, male and female, East and West, agony and splendor.’”

Times-Colonist, Jan 31, 2010
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In the Fabled East

January 2010

"Fable, history and the lure of the story: all take their turn in this funny, profound and stunningly intelligent book. In the Fabled East is a madcap adventure, a sly, gregarious novel that tempts us, passionately, into the invisible realms."

Madeleine Thien, author of Certainty, Jan 23, 2010
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