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Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
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Sep 16, 11


I can't understand how a book like this, that changes my understanding and I know will replay in my head, gets just three stars!

Like I said in my review for "Shanghai Girls", I like happy books about happy things. "Dreams of Joy" had more happiness in it than the first, but it also had more tragedy and gruesome visual images in it also. I know, I know...those details were essential to the story overall and I TOTALLY agree with that! But do I like those true details filling my head? No! Some may say, "well, don't read the book then!" And there is the dilemma...I am so glad that I read both of these books. I prefer learning about history through stories that are relatable (like See's books)and am a better person for knowing things of the past, both the good and the bad...
So the final word is: I am so glad I read these books despite the graphic disturbing images and when reading historical fiction I should be prepared for that because HORRIBLE things have happened in the past and our awareness and knowledge of them are crucial so that history does not repeat itself!
Make sense? :)
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Melissa I totally agree.


message 2: by Shelagh (new)

Shelagh But... 3 stars indicates you found fault with the book. If the details that disturbed you "were essential to the story overall" and you are "so glad" you read these books, wherein lies the flaw? It almost seems to me that you're rating the book as a choice for yourself, rather than reviewing it for others. I found your written review much more helpful than your star rating, which runs the risk of turning off readers who might otherwise enjoy it. Also, it lowers the author's overall rating, which is a shame, because that gains nothing from your admittedly clear, thoughtful review.


Jenlbot Shelagh wrote: "But... 3 stars indicates you found fault with the book. If the details that disturbed you "were essential to the story overall" and you are "so glad" you read these books, wherein lies the flaw? It..."
Wow, a review of my review! Thanks for your input.


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