The Three Daughters of Madame Liang
After her husband takes a concubine, Madame Liang sets out on her own, starting an upscale restaurant and sending her daughters to America to be educated. At the restaurant, the leaders of the People's Republic wine and dine and Madame Liang must keep a low profile for her daughters' sake.
Soon her two eldest daughters are called back to serve the People's Republic. Her old...more
By the end of the book, the three daughters represent the spectrum of attitudes that overseas Chinese have towards...more
Madame Liang was educated in Paris and was, at the time, a young revolutionary who supported Sun Yat-sen in the overthrow of the imperial throne. Over time she begins to believe that she, together with the other 500+/- revolutionaries, brought about China's...more
A bit of sterotyping (Americans are all kind and happy) and a few "gay" times, so a little dated, but a good perspective on some of the struggles China has gone through. Many references to h...more
Cerita ini menggambarkan Cina pada masa peralihan pemerintahan kuno ke modern. Digambarkan dari sudut pandang Madame Liang sebagai seorang ibu, dan juga dari sudut pandang ketiga putrinya.
Ketiga putrinya mempunyai pangilan hidup yang berbeda2, dan dengan demikian punya tanggapan yang berbeda2 juga pada keadaan. Salah satu penggambaran pal...more
Evidence of the author's agenda moves this novel into a much less engaging and personal set than her classic The Good Earth.
If you like this book, do yourself a favor and read the memoir _Life and Death in Shanghai_ by Nien Cheng, who survived Mao's Cultural Revolution.
The book is the story of a strong, Chinese woman and her three daughters, who...more
This book wasn't nearly as philosophical and spiritual either. It was mostly an early, foreigner's expose of communist China. Now that we have so many first-hand Chinese emigree accounts of China in this time period, this book is noticeably dated.
I would give the second half of this book a solid four stars. The first half was rather slow and somewhat redundant. This is a work of historical fiction that takes place during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. It was much more interesting for me to see how communism might have affected the lives of individuals rather than reading an impersonal account in a history book. It also provides a context for further exploration and understanding of that period in China's history. As a fan of Pearl Buck...more