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The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
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Nov 13, 09

bookshelves: memoir
Read in January, 2009

when i was finished reading this book i found out it was first published in 1975. this was hard for me to grasp, because the book feels so current. this is in part, i think, because the major themes--identity politics, to oversimplify--are handled in such a sophisticated manner during a time when other writer's were writing on the same topics in a way that only sounds quaint now. the woman warrior made it through to the post-post irony era intact!

and then also, it's nice to think about how some writers take chances on writing how they want to--like in this book, which is ostensibly "non-fiction" but moves back and forth between chinese mythology and memoir in some sort of dream state reminiscent of poe--and succeed. someday this book will be recognized outside of the creative writing classroom and on its own terms, i know it will.

but all that aside, it really is a story filled with ghosts and spirits, and every time i had to pause in reading it i couldn't wait to get back and find out what else was going to happen in the mind of the child daughter of chinese immigrant launders in california...
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