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The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy
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Apr 08, 2011

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Read from April 08 to 17, 2011

I found a certain lack of cohesion. I kept hoping, in the final segment following Sekky, that some last tie would be made. These siblings are so separate, Liang as the only girl, the two boys by age, that is seemed like three stories rather than one. Four if you take the last story to be Maiying told through Sekky. I was a little disappointed at the ending. Similar to my feelings at the end of Jung-sun`s story, it seemed to be made bleaker than necessary.

Despite these misgivings on my part, each story was very well told, and I was transported to 30`s Chinatown in Vancouver. I didn`t understand the Old-One`s ways any better than they did, but I did feel the import the entire family put on it. I enjoyed the novel, although I was definitely left wanting.

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04/15/2011 page 210
73.0% "Interesting. The time hops are a bit erratic and I sometimes have trouble remembering where I am relative to the other characters, but very interesting, a different world, with all the Chinese references."

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