Hello Everyone, It was difficult for me to decide between 3 and 4 stars for this book as I really enjoyed it.Eventually I decided on only 3 stars due tHello Everyone, It was difficult for me to decide between 3 and 4 stars for this book as I really enjoyed it.Eventually I decided on only 3 stars due to the dis-jointed quality of the narration as at times it did begin to almost feel more like a collection of rather fine parables and short Stories!! I thoroughly loved the insight this book provided both in regard to Chinese Culture and also the struggles that are obviously there when an Immigrant Parent is trying to raise a first Generation Child.There is bound to be added conflicts to the situation. I felt that the words flowed beautifully along within each tale,and at times it was quite difficult in a heartbreaking manner to read of the mis-communications between these Mothers and Daughters. I would actually say that this would be an excellent book for any Mother or Daughter who feel they are having problems being heard by the other... One part of this Book which I felt was of pertinence to my own situation with my Mother(now Deceased,but she left me with my love of reading x)was when reading the chapter "Queen Mother of The Western Skies"and An-Mei Hsu says "In truth this was a bad thing that Yan Chang had done,telling me my mother`s story.Secrets are kept from children,a lid on top of the soup kettle,so they do not boil over with too much truth." I felt I related quite strongly to this part of the story as I was an only child of(as they called her at the time,pity help them) "a geriatric mother"(she was just bordering 37 when she had me,how times change!),we were particularly close but we had more than our normal differences in that my Mother had grown up through the Second World War with all it`s inherent disadvantages and deprivations where I was a child of the 70`s just on the cusp of the Consummerist Boom! So we did have that "extra difference" between us that made it very difficult for us to understand each others view points. Also and this is the part that was difficult, my parents had...." a strained and danger filled marriage".I will leave you to your own conclusions....But in light of that situation and through her shame,there was much my mother confided to me that with hindsight, I would have been much better not being privvy to but at the end of the day she had no one else... As I went into a deep sleep last night before I hit the dream filled part of night, I heard my Mothers voice calling in many different intonations through my head,all the calls of joy,love,anger and resignation....I had begun to forget how warm and love-filled her voice could be and I will be forever indebted to this Book for bringing the memory of it back to me.........more
This beautiful little edition is my 40th Birthday Present from my Darling Shania,SusiQ and Emily..... My adored Jack Russell Terriers....If you are getThis beautiful little edition is my 40th Birthday Present from my Darling Shania,SusiQ and Emily..... My adored Jack Russell Terriers....If you are getting this as an update,well,then you all ready know how potty I am about my Girls!
Yes I already have a penguin copy of this work but as this perjink little Edition was being published the day before my BIG 40,Husband asked if it would be an acceptable gift...... The rest as they say is History......more