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The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd
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Jan 17, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2009

My love affair with stories about the Far East continues! I came away from this book pondering the paradoxes of it. For example, the main character is a fallen woman who refuses to really detail that fall even in her personal diary, who questions if there is a God but demands to be married in the tradition that she knows, who leaves a loveless marriage for a man and a life where she will be ostracized and lonely, and who loves the Chinese more than the Japanese even though her success came in Tokyo. It was a fascinating story, my two criticisms being the lack of detail (but even then it felt like subtlety a la Tess of the d'Urbervilles and the rape scene where you aren't certain what happened until the next chapter) and the somewhat tidy ending. Other than those two points, I loved it.

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Quotes Bethany Liked

Oswald Wynd
“Why do we have to make such terrible decisions for our whole lives when we are too young to know what we are doing? The big mistakes are hung around your neck and you have to wear them forever.”
Oswald Wynd, The Ginger Tree

Oswald Wynd
“Laughter between two is sometimes a closer act of love than any other.”
Oswald Wynd, The Ginger Tree

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Lynn This is one of my all-time faves.... let's visit about it when you've read it....

Bethany It must be! I opened it up last night and your name is written on the inside cover!

Lynn That is so funny! I had not idea I'd loaned it to you.... I know you'll love it.

Bethany You didn't. You loaned it to mom who loaned it to me. She's slippery, you know!

Lynn ahhhh.... I should have known that fishwife was somehow involved.

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