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The Magpie Bridge

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Awoken one night by a strong floral fragrance and the whisper of her childhood nickname, Jiao Mei is confronted in her London bedroom by a woman claiming to be her grandmother. At first, she dismisses this encounter as a vivid dream—Tie Mei, her father’s mother, died years ago. Soon, though, the presence becomes powerfully insistent, and when Barbara, with whom she lodges, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Headline Book Publishing (first published 2003)
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Kathy Chung
Reviewed at :Mama Kucing Meow : The Magpie Bridge by Liu Hong

Reviewed on : 27 September 2010

To me this book tried to imitate Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club but fail.

There are flash back between present and past for Tie Mei, Jiao Mei and Barbara. Also trying the merge the western influence and eastern influence together. Instead of making the story flow nicely together, this confused me. The constant flash back and changing view point makes me unable to enjoy the "mood" of the story.
Rieta Ganas
It was different - quiet interesting at times - shows the strength of a women even when you are in a subservient moment.The decription of plants and flowers were quite interestuing at times as well.
Brittany
Trying way too hard to be "The Joy Luck Club", but ended up being disjointed and with characters that you just can't bring yourself to care about. Disappointing and hard to follow.
Rissa Yullita
the story about Three women, three generations, take on British and Chinese culture,and also tell about the experiences of a young woman who becomes pregnant in a foreign land hehehe...
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Liu Hong was born in 1965 and grew up in Liaoning, near the Chinese-North Korean border. She studied English, before going to Beijing, to work as a teacher and translator. She came to Britain in 1989, and took an MA in social anthropology at London. Since then she has worked as a Chinese teacher, and as a translator.
Liu Hong now lives in Wiltshire with her husband and their young daughter.
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