I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaways.
Anyone else, or the book summary, can tell you the plot. Let's stick to the writi I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaways.
Anyone else, or the book summary, can tell you the plot. Let's stick to the writing and the storytelling, yes?
The first full quarter of the book was dreadfully bland. It read like a textbook of two clans rather than a novel. I understand there needs to be some background information for what comes later but it doesn't have to be done as if I'm falling asleep in a history class.
Later, when it feels like there might be some kind of real story, the dialogue is useful in breaking some of the monotony but it's really the only thing. So much telling occurs in this novel and very little showing of important events.
Basically it feels more like a documentary than a novel....more
I truly loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It created a world fully developed with rich language and of course when things started to get bad, I feI truly loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It created a world fully developed with rich language and of course when things started to get bad, I felt it. Shanghai Girls, however, does little to create a wholly felt Shanghai and this was most especially lacking during a few scenes (not referring to the scene in the shack) that should have been far more felt.
The story itself is engaging and feels very real and human but it just lacks the depth of world that really and truly should've been a part of this story. Shanghai, Angel Island and Chinatowns felt so distant and their realities muffled due to poor world building.
The story cuts out right at one of the most devilish cliff-hangers possible. Knowing there's a followup truly helps to lessen the blow, here. Younger readers may not fully grasp the last half of this book as it deals with political realities that don't seem to be very important or "scary" these days. Again, within the confines of this story we understand the issue Pearl has but without this pre-knowledge of the realities of the war and of the Reds, there's that likelihood that certain readers won't understand WHY she has those issues.