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Ms. Ming's Guide to Civilization

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Ming, born in a bleak outpost of Sichuan province, finds an unexpected glimpse of the world beyond when she meets a talking monkey with golden eyes and supernatural abilities—the immortal Monkey King, with whom Ming’s destiny is inextricably intertwined. Determined to become a writer, Ming finds her way to New York, but to make ends meet she goes to work for a crime ring ...more
Paperback, 291 pages
Published September 13th 2019 by Regal House Publishing
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Geoffrey Fox
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fabulous romp about two adventuresses, together seeking to surf the roaring wave of capitalism sweeping through China, New York and other places and leaving broken families, broken hearts and broken villages in its wake. Can Ms. Ming, born in one of the poorest and most backward villages of Szechuan, and her American ally, Zoe, of uncertain parentage and numerous skills of seduction, martial arts and computer programming, save civilization? Possibly, Ming believes and fervently hopes, but only ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We need guides to civilization. It's unraveling and rereeling with churning ways of living, ideals, media.... Particularly do we need guides to China, a capitalist, communist, rural metropolitan ancient empire imprisoned within its own Internet. How are we to deal with it? How are we to feel about it? How are we to feel about capitalism, which seems to penetrate everything we care about? Ms. Alexander, a financial writer with special interest in China, shines a penetrating light on it in this ...more
Teri Drake-Floyd
A charming, funny, poignant read that is rich and evocative, telling the stories of two young women - Ming and Zoe, thrown together seemingly by chance - and their journey to find meaning and fulfillment in their very different lives. The characters are flawed but believable; damaged but infinitely loveable. The author paints a beautiful, descriptive view of rural China- everything from the complicated family dynamics and complicated, nuanced political struggles down to the sometimes decadent ...more
Mandy-Suzanne Wong
Dares to imagine a post-capitalist utopia.

To me great books are those that leave no perspective unquestioned. Definitely not the protagonists’. And not the author’s own either. In Ms. Ming’s Guide to Civilization, Jan Alexander dares to imagine what would happen if two precocious young women—one from a Chinese village, the other from New York City—envisioned an enlightened, post-capitalist world as well as the technology to make it a reality. But Alexander doesn’t stop there. Ms. Ming never
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what a story! I had no idea what I was stepping into, but it gripped my and I stayed gripped till the last page. Not only a wonderful and well-told tale, it opened up a new way of looking at the world through the eyes of finance. It has some of everything I want in a book.
Tina Barry
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I blame Ms. Ming’s Guide to Civilization for the bags under my eyes. I was riveted from the first line to the last by this twisted tale of two unlikely female friends, their adventures in and out of China, and how money enchants and corrupts. Ms. Ming’s is a timely, rich and layered tale deftly handled by this gifted storyteller. I didn’t want to turn the last page.
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