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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) What am I not remembering about Murakami's "Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" that justifies it being included here?


message 2: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "What am I not remembering about Murakami's "Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" that justifies it being included here?"
There's a long sequence that takes place in China & Mongolia--Is it a story that the hero's mentor tells him ? With Murakami, it were a needless quibble to say that what is reported does not "take place in", IMHO.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) :face-palm: :) Of course ...

Thanks for jogging my cat-littered memory.


message 4: by Alessandra (new)

Alessandra Are science fiction and fantasy novels acceptable?


message 6: by Catherine (new)

Catherine O'Neill Thorn I read an amazing book when I was 12 (quite a while ago!) about a young girl who was in China during the revolution. It had 12 Moons or something like that in the title and was published before 1976. Anybody?


message 7: by Asagao (new)

Asagao Themis-Athena wrote: "Removed for not being novels:
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
China: Portr..."


Factory Girls isn't a novel and Girl in Translation takes place in the U.S.


message 8: by Stuart (new)

Stuart Hill Themis-Athena wrote: "Removed for not being novels:
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
China: Portr..."


Can Red Azalea be removed, as it is non-fiction.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Stuart wrote: "TCan Red Azalea be removed, as it is non-fiction."

Removed -- likewise Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China and Girl in Translation.


message 10: by Stuart (new)

Stuart Hill Themis-Athena wrote: "Stuart wrote: "TCan Red Azalea be removed, as it is non-fiction."

Removed -- likewise Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China and Girl in Translation."


Thanks.


message 11: by Hope (last edited Feb 09, 2014 06:40AM) (new)

Hope Catherine wrote: "I read an amazing book when I was 12 (quite a while ago!) about a young girl who was in China during the revolution. It had 12 Moons or something like that in the title and was published before 197..."

I'm thinking you mean "Eighth Moon" by Betty Bao Lord. I read this in school around the same age too.


message 12: by Julie (new)

Julie Someone needs to edit this list again. There are a ton of non-fiction books on here.


message 13: by Stuart (new)

Stuart Hill Julie wrote: "Someone needs to edit this list again. There are a ton of non-fiction books on here."

Yes, Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter for one.


message 14: by Denise (new)

Denise The Story of the Stone, Vol. 1: The Golden Days and Dream of the Red Chamber are the same story by Cao Xueqin though they do have different translators. Should they be combined?


message 15: by Melinda (new)

Melinda Denise wrote: "The Story of the Stone, Vol. 1: The Golden Days and Dream of the Red Chamber are the same story by Cao Xueqin though they do have different translators. Should they be combined?"

If they are the same story with no added content, they should be combined and then re-added to the list.


message 17: by Letitia (new)

Letitia Does Memoirs of a Geisha take place in China? I thought it took place entirely in Japan, but I could be wrong.


message 18: by Syed (new)

Syed I read a book sometime in 70s or early 80s about 2 brothers who moved from USA to Shanghai, one went in publishing journalism & was a great guy. I am thinking this plot was from 30s or 40s. I cannot recollect the name. I enjoyed reading this novel. It had a profound impact on me just like Lost Horizons.
Does any one remember this??


message 19: by Syed (new)

Syed I read a book sometime in 70s or early 80s about 2 brothers who moved from USA to Shanghai, one went in publishing journalism & was a great guy. I am thinking this plot was from 30s or 40s. I cannot recollect the name. I enjoyed reading this novel. It had a profound impact on me just like Lost Horizons.
Does any one remember this??


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Have you tried the GR group "What's the name of this book?"


message 21: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Detective Inspector Chen is set in SINGAPORE! Like a futuristic version! Not China...


message 22: by Lexxi Kitty (new)

Lexxi Kitty Tamara wrote: "Detective Inspector Chen is set in SINGAPORE! Like a futuristic version! Not China..."

Just a note for anyone coming along to clean stuff up, since there at least two Inspector Chen's on this list, the Inspector Chen Cao series by Qiu Xiaolong, are set in China in, roughly, the 1990s. Though I do believe one might be set in the USA. He is an inspector for the Shanghai Police Bureau.

There is at least one Inspector Chen book, though, that I see set in Singapore on this list. Snake Agent


message 23: by Melaslithos (new)

Melaslithos Letitia wrote: "Does Memoirs of a Geisha take place in China? I thought it took place entirely in Japan, but I could be wrong."

I don't remember it taking place in China either.


message 24: by Stuart (new)

Stuart Hill The following are non-fiction so should not be in this list: Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah , Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang, Red Azalea by Anchee Min, Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution by Gao Yuan.


message 25: by Melinda (new)

Melinda Deleted for irrelevance (per comments above):
—Memoirs of a Geisha
—Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
—Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
—Red Azalea
—Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution


message 26: by Stuart (new)

Stuart Hill Thanks Melinda.


message 27: by James (new)

James Lande Please add to your list the novel Yang Shen by James Lande, Thank you.


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