The characters in this novel are very well constructed; insightful, sharp and consistent, you would easily feel identified with some or parts of them. It has good love stories, good political discussion, good dilemas and dramas. It is so well written that you will feel like taking sides in the most profound issues that this novel brings up. It flows. Not very fan of the ending, but still, no disappointments. It won´t help you reconcile with life nor overcome your fears. It´s just pure and good literature.
There are many elements that could bring you to this novel and keep you there…the setting, the era, the voyeuristic autobiographical aspect, the intellectual society, politics, ideology, love, or merely the writing. Whatever reason you decide to pick up The Mandarins, you will find it is not so easy to put down again. The characters will stay with you for a long while.
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