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World and Town by Gish Jen
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Mar 21, 11

bookshelves: 2011
Recommended to Michelle by: bookmarks magazine
Read from March 01 to 20, 2011, read count: 1

This book was a good story. I listened to an audio version. The story was of the day to day happenings of a middle aged Chinese widow, her Cambodian refuge neighbors, and the return of her first love to the small town in which she lives.

The story was interesting and kept my attention for the most part, but there were some boring inter-reflections of a couple of the characters that seemed tedius.

I did LOL on several occassions.

One problem I had was with the production of the audio. I don't know if the book was broken into chapters since I listened to it, but there were times that the book seemed to jump to a completely different subject matter and I had to assume it was a new chapter. There were no pauses in the reading to indicate that a new subject was happening. Sometimes I just had to play the passage back and still the subject matter just jumped making some of the book more difficult to follow.

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Reading Progress

03/10/2011 page 3
30.0% "Listening to this from overdrive. The story is sweet and interesting. So far Jen will imply something and then explain it later. For what it is worth, I like the style. She also writes very descriptively so I can hear the birds, feel the cold, ect. I have a 7 hour drive tomorrow so I should finish it this weekend."
03/18/2011 page 6
60.0% "Enjoyable story"

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message 1: by Penny (new)

Penny (Literary Hoarders) I have this down as To Read...let me know what you think of it!! It appeared on a lot of "top 10" lists...


Michelle I am listening to it on audio, so it may be a bit different than reading it. The prologue was odd and disjointed and I could not figure out what was going on, but so far about 20 minutes into the main book I am captivated by the story and I like the narrarater.

I will let you know how it goes from here.


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