The book provides a look into Shanghai, China during the 90's with a young girl named Hong as the narrator. Hong is an inspiring writer who gets mixedThe book provides a look into Shanghai, China during the 90's with a young girl named Hong as the narrator. Hong is an inspiring writer who gets mixed up into the world of drugs and sex. It's sex, drugs, and rock and roll China style! I loved this book. It is one of my favorite books to read and reread. The beginning of the book is excellent and while the second half of the book gets a little repetitive, it was still enjoyable to read. I would love to get my hands on the original Chinese version to see the differences between the Chinese version and the English translation....more
First, I just need to say that this book cover and design is so beautiful. <3
I think the book does a decent job of getting people to think about thFirst, I just need to say that this book cover and design is so beautiful. <3
I think the book does a decent job of getting people to think about the Middle East and Pakistan in a different way. The scenes were the reader gets a glimpse of some of the villagers were nice. It also reinforces the idea that education is the best way forward not war and violence. It's great that Mortenson and this book are promoting the idea and need for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan to go to school and get an education. This is something that I completely agree with.
However, I still can't get over the way this book was written. It was difficult for me to get going int this book simply because of the way it was written. Aside from just the writing itself though, the authors refer to Greg Mortenson as "Mortenson" or "Dr. Greg". The word "Mortenson" is also used a lot in this book - way more than it should be used. I could not stop thinking about how the book was worshiping Mortenson by the way it refereed to him by just his last name or with his Dr./Nurse title. Why is that necessary? I don't read a lot of nonfiction books so I don't know if it is common to refer to the person by just their last name, but it happened way too often in this book and combined with the hero worshiping sentences and descriptions of Mortenson and what he was doing, I just felt like I was being talked down to while reading this book. Mortenson is so great! Why don't you love him? Worship him now! Maybe he's not like this in real life but that's how he came across in the book to me.
I could forgive the writing though in favor of promoting peace and education if it was not for certain other things.
The other thing that really irritates me about this book is that it has been exposed as a bunch of lies. The book is filled with lies so you don't know what, if anything, is actually true in this story.
It has also been mentioned that a lot of the schools that Mortenson and the CAI built are not in use or never actually existed! For a book that promotes the importance of education in rural areas, I really don't want that to be true. That was the whole purpose of the book: to show how awesome Mortenson is for building a ton of useful schools. And that also brings about the question of where is the money going if not to the schools?
I have no doubt that Mortenson has done a lot of good things for a lot of people. I also have no doubt that he did help with building schools in Pakistan. I'm just not sure that I believe or trust everything said in this book.
It was cute but not absolutely necessary. I felt that some of the pictures were helpful and connected the Kana (Hiragana/Katakana) to the picture veryIt was cute but not absolutely necessary. I felt that some of the pictures were helpful and connected the Kana (Hiragana/Katakana) to the picture very well, but I also thought that some of the pictures and vocabulary words were a little random. I did not see the connection between picture and kana all the time.
The book also has a nice little introduction to the Japanese writing system in the beginning. Besides the introduction telling you about the Kana, how to pronounce them, etc. I also loved the reference sheets at the beginning and end of the book. The beginning has a table of all of the Hiragana and the back reference sheet has a table of all of the Katakana. This is great for when you need to quickly look up a Kana. Another beautiful thing is that it shows you the correct stroke order (how to correctly write the Kana) and gives you a little space underneath to practice.
And, although I never used it, the book does have some practice sheets in the back of the book were you can practice writing the Hiragana and Katakana....more
I picked this up after buying Kana de Manga. You are supposed to use this book after learning the Kana from the Kana de Manga book. While I found theI picked this up after buying Kana de Manga. You are supposed to use this book after learning the Kana from the Kana de Manga book. While I found the Kana de Manga book useful, I did not find this book as helpful. I would recommend buying Remember the Kanji instead. It did a much better job introducing the Kanji and giving better stories to help you remember the Kanji.
That said, the good things about this book are that it shows you the correct stroke order to write the Kanji, it has a few example words that use the Kanji, and it gives the pronunciation of the Kanji in Hiragana/Katakana. The fact that it does not use any romaji (latin letters to explain the Kana sounds) is great because if you want to learn how to read Japanese you have to get away from romaji right away.
The book also provides little comic stripe like stories to show you have the Kanji are used in sentences. This is a good idea but as a beginner who knew nothing about Japanese grammar, I found these comics to be confusing and not helpful....more
I read this book when I was 14. The book just grabbed me in and I could not put it down. I was really drawn to the main character, Davey, and her struI read this book when I was 14. The book just grabbed me in and I could not put it down. I was really drawn to the main character, Davey, and her struggle of having lost her father and having to move to a new place. Her life was shattered and she had to learn to rebuild it. This book was probably the first book to make me cry just because I could connect with the character and her feelings....more
I feel like the book could have talked more about the cutting aspect. I also wish that it did not only take place in the clinic. I would have loved toI feel like the book could have talked more about the cutting aspect. I also wish that it did not only take place in the clinic. I would have loved to see the main character interacting with her family outside of the clinic. I guess I was expecting a little more....more