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The Teardrop Story Woman: A Novel

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  160 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The Teardrop Story woman is Mei Kwei, born in Malaya in 1934 and doubly cursed - not only is she female, but she also has a tiny teardrop mole in the corner of one eye: a sign of bad luck that presages disaster. Fate proves kinder to Mei Kwei who inherits her grandmother's extraordinary good looks and gift for storytelling. As she grows up, Mei Kwei must cope with the atte ...more
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Overlook Books
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I feel that Catherine Lim's later works has degenerated, compared to her earlier works. This book marks the beginning of Catherine Lim's career as a trashy romance novelist. Her later books seem to center around the same few items: spineless Caucasian men, Asian women caught between worlds, sex and sad attempts at Chinese-translated-to-English poetry.

If i could, i would give this book a half-star.
Life isn't what we follow good or bad
Nur Islah
Bayangkan bagaimana perasaan seorang Pastor missionaris yang mencintai seorang perempuan cina tercantik di Luping. Bikin hati ikut bergetar. Catherine Lim sangat piawai merangkai kalimat bagaimana sang pastor menahan perasaannya yang terlarang.
Vicki Bismilla
Engaging - needed a little more filling out of plot in the final third of book
Adult fiction with adult language.

The story of a girl named Mei Kwei born in Malaya and because of a mole near her eye she was considered cursed. Although the story tells of her lust and seduction for the local priest and how she could have any man but desired the one she couldn't have.

Read more to find out what happens.....
Kisah seorang perempuan cina bernama Mei Kwei yang lahir di Malaysia. Cerita ini berlatar belakang tahun 1950-an. Mei Kwei bukan hanya menanggung sengsara sejak awal karena dia seorang perempuan tetapi juga bentuk matanya yang dianggap membawa sial. Menyedihkan deh pokoknya, penuh dengan airmata....sesuai dengan judulnya.
An oriental Anna Karenina - a tragedy with joy blended in and keen observations.

'Life is made bearable by the stories we save and tell'
How anyone dare compare this to Jung Chang Wild Swans I have no idea. This is a trashy romantic novel with very little substance to it, enough said.
nothing particularly unusual or interesting about the plot. it's an alright read.
kerapuhan pribadi mei kwei juga dialami oleh banyak perempuan di dunia lain
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林宝音 in Chinese

Catherine Lim Poh Imm (Chinese: 林宝音; pinyin: Lín Bǎoyīn, born 21 March 1942) is a Singaporean fiction author known for writing about Singapore society and of themes of traditional Chinese culture. Hailed as the "doyenne of Singapore writers", Lim has published nine collections of short stories, five novels, two poetry collections, and numerous political commentaries to date.

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