The Concubine's Daughter
An epic, heart-wrenching story of a mother and daughter’s journey to their destiny.
Lotus Feet. He would give his daughter the dainty feet of a courtesan. This would enhance her beauty and her price, making her future shine like a new coin. He smiled to himself, pouring fresh tea. And it would stop her from running away…
When the young concubine of an old farmer in rura...more
1. This book is supposedly historical fiction, but it doesn't have nearly enough history. This story could have taken place in almost any time during recent-ish Chinese history. I picked this up because I wanted to read about Hong Kong in the 1900s, but this story really didn't have much to do with that specific time period (WWII is only hinted at becoming a threat) -- or Hong Kong, for that matter. And the ending takes this book into fantasy territory, which i ...more
Reviewed on : 13 February 2011
I love the first part of this book very much. Li-Xia's plight was very real and vivid. I was really depressed to read of the cruelty of the people against her.
But the same cannot applies to the part of her daughter, Siu Sing. It seems so far fetch and like a scene out of those Hong Kong TVB Kungfu Drama where one go to learn martial arts up the mountains. As suddenly as she was whisked up the mo ...more
I’ve read and loved books many historical fiction books about the East including The Joy Luck Club, Tai Pan, Shogun, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, etc. but this one failed to engage me from the start. The characters were flat caricatures. I never felt I was fully inside any one before we switched to a different person’s POV. The historical details seemed to be jammed into the story, ...more
Anyway, I am very impressed by the quality of writing in this book. Pai Kit Fai has written a really spellbounding book, with detailed and beautiful (and sometimes ugly) descriptions of all the places and people, grand or dilapidated, beautiful or hideous, these three generations of strong women have b ...more
I was excited about "The Concubine's Daughter" because the teaser write-up compared it to one of my favorite novels in recent memory, "Memoirs of a Geisha". Unfortunately, "The Concubine's Daughter" is not, in my opinion, anything like "Memoirs of a Geisha", and the best comparison I can offer is that it feels like a bare-bones, watered-down attempt at an Amy Tan novel.
"Memoirs of a Geisha", for all its faults, was populated by human beings, not carica ...more
But in spite of good writing and some enjoyable descriptions, this book is not very believable.
I don’t believe t ...more
The first part of the story, about Li Xia, the concubine's daughter, I very much enjoyed. I know that many of the characters lacked depth or were too black and white, but there were moments of nuance and insight that helped to progress the story and the development of the main character. I couldn't help cheering for her, feel ...more
With that said, there are ...more
I really enjoyed the writing and the descriptions of colors, sounds, and textures. The story itself was well written and kept my interest. There were peaks and valleys of emotions, which made the stories of the concubine, her daughter and granddaughter all the more dramatic and interesting. I did not like the character of Ruby and was put off by some of the scenes with her, they just seemed unlikely and sort of bordered on child abuse! But, hav ...more
Differences were that a female character becomes a martial art expert on a spiritual level with the ability to kick ass, but of course she ends up in a woman's establishment before she can use this higher power to solve her problems. often fascinating and easy to read but because i sometimes had ...more
I actually decided to read this book rather than the others on my kindle because I loved the world of Eastern culture as shown in Memoirs o ...more
Geoff Pike is a British-born, naturalized Australian writer.
Born in Tottenham Middlesex, he took an all-consuming interest in art and writing from the age of 3. His early years were spent in the German blitzkrieg of London and as an evacuee in the rural county of Essex. His letter to President Roosevelt thanking him for 'Bundles for Britain', was chosen f ...more