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Watching the Tree by Adeline Yen Mah
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Jan 14, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, non-fiction
Read from January 25 to 26, 2011

Despite having grandparents who were Taoist/Buddhist, I never knew much about these religions. Watching The Tree uses various anecdotes from Mah’s life as she discusses everything from language to food to Confucianism (which seems to be given a bit of a hostile treatment). I did have some issues with the hanyu pinyin (a kind of romanised transcription of the Chinese characters), which were a bit wanting – and in one case completely wrong. A decent enough read for those wanting a little bit of insight into this aspect of Chinese culture.

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Buried In Print This looks fascinating: have you read others of hers?

Sharlene I did read Falling Leaves quite a long time ago, but hardly remember it now.

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