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The Concubine's Children by Denise Chong
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Jul 19, 2010

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It was a struggle on whether to give this book three or four stars; if I could I would give it three and a half stars. What kept it from being four stars was that I got a little confused sometimes between grandparents and parents and siblings, and also I got a little bogged down at times with the historical events of the time, although that was interesting. Nevertheless, this is an engaging story about a complicated family separated by distance and war. The struggles and pain suffered by everyone involved are communicated very well, and all the members of the family are presented as multi-dimensional, not simply as all good or all bad. I would say the last fifty pages are especially engrossing. The history of the Chinese emigrating to Canada and the laws that kept most of them from achieving the level of wealth they dreamed of was something I had not read about before. I also learned a lot about the Cultural Revolution in China

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