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My Favourite Wife by Tony Parsons
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Nov 30, 08

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Recommended to Judy by: I bought it in a store display in Hong Kong airport
Recommended for: adults
Read in November, 2008, read count: 1

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, set in modern day Shanghai and some of the other parts of China. It does a good job of showing the ambivalence it is easy to feel as a Westerner in China; there is so much happening to modernize the country and raise the standard of living, and yet there are 500 million people there not being helped at all and often being hurt (by pollution, by seizure of their ancestral property for commercial uses, by employment conditions in sweat shops, etc.) Individuals still have almost no rights there, and as long as that is true, it will continue to be a Third World Country. Tony Parsons tends to write about very flawed and weak men, and Bill in this story is no exception.
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Reading Progress

11/14/2008 page 50
13.37% "So far it's very good. Reminds me of my own first impressions of China."

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