Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

by Adeline Yen Mah | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0140265988 Global Overview for this book
Registered by The-Organist of Timaru, Canterbury New Zealand on 5/12/2006
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7 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by The-Organist from Timaru, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, May 12, 2006
Purchased from the Rotary Club Booksale in Timaru (New Zealand) on 13 May. This is the day that a number of Christchurch bookcrossers came to visit Timaru, meeting up at "Coast" on the Bay Hill.

Journal Entry 2 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday, May 13, 2006
Picked up at today's meetup in Timaru. Great to see you again, the-organist!

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Journal Entry 3 by The-Organist at Controlled Release in Timaru, Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday, May 13, 2006

Released 14 yrs ago (5/12/2006 UTC) at Controlled Release in Timaru, Canterbury New Zealand

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Given to a Christchurch bookcrosser during a visit to Timaru.

Journal Entry 4 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, June 23, 2006
The story of an incredibly disfunctional family. The author, of course, depicts herself to be the only one of the family who is a thoroughly nice person, but given how warped everyone else is, you sort of suspect she's probably done her share of back-stabbing and nastiness too. Some fascinating insights, though, into how the Asian concept of absolute filial respect and obedience can backfire and end up trapping people in damaging patterns of behaviour with no way out.

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Journal Entry 5 by TheLetterB from Dunedin, Otago New Zealand on Friday, June 30, 2006
Caught at my second BC meetup. I normally avoid non-fiction, but this looks fascinating (if grim).

Journal Entry 6 by TheLetterB from Dunedin, Otago New Zealand on Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I enjoyed this book, although it wasn't quite what I expected. I had not realised that this story would be an illustration of how wealth is no protector from a family's neglect and abuse. Like FutureCat, I wondered what story the other members of the family would tell. I wonder if the author is glad to have aired the family's dirty laundry?

Journal Entry 7 by TheLetterB at By Mail in To Another BCer, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Released 14 yrs ago (7/12/2006 UTC) at By Mail in To Another BCer, RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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By economy mail to the other side of the world, as a completely random RABCK. Let's hope the recipient enjoys it!

Journal Entry 8 by marie-therese from Kirkintilloch, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, July 27, 2006
Recieved this in the post today all the way from TheLetterB in New Zealand. What a nice thing to do and a lovely surprise. Looking forward to reading it :o)

p.s. have pm'ed you too - hope you get it :o)

Journal Entry 9 by marie-therese from Kirkintilloch, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I really enjoyed this book, it brought back memories of Wild Swans although I would say this book is not quite in the same league. What a thoroughly horrible family, I'm afraid that I have to agree with FutureCat that Adeline, perhaps, depicts herself as being TOO nice and I do wonder if we got the full story. I imagine it was a cathartic experience for the author to get everything off her chest. Thanks again to TheLetterB for sending it all the way to Scotland from New Zealand. I plan to send this as a RABCK to a bookcrosser I know enjoys books set in the Far East but probably won't be until after the holidays.

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Was going to the post office today anyway so decided to post this off at the same time :o)

Journal Entry 11 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, December 22, 2006
Thank you marie-therese! The title is familiar but on a quick perusal I'm pretty certain I haven't read it.

Journal Entry 12 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I really enjoyed this, the way Niang manipulated her stepchildren was truly awful. I think the person whose point of view I'd most like to learn is Lydia's, she came across as such a bitter & twisted person in Adeline's view.

Thank you marie-therese for sending the book to me.

Journal Entry 13 by Rivercassini from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, April 19, 2008
'Caught' on the book buffet at the London Convention at Imperial College.

I read this a few weeks ago and loved it so much that I am having difficulty in bringing myself to part with it, but finding this copy at the convention has resolved my dilemma - I can now post this one on to my sister. Thank you.

Update, 26th April. Doh! My sister has already found a copy in a local charity shop, so I'll pass this one on at a London meet up sometime.

Released 12 yrs ago (4/30/2008 UTC) at The Roebuck, 15 Pond Street in Hampstead, Greater London United Kingdom

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Dear Finder of this book,

I'm so glad it has found a home with you. I hope you enjoy reading it and that you might take a few moments to jot down here what you thought about the book, or about finding it, or about bookcrossing.

You don't have to join or sign up or anything to bookcrossing to leave a comment here but if you do join, you will receive emails to alert you when others make a journal entry for this book and track its travels across the world. If you decide to join bookcrossing, now that you have discovered the site, I'd be delighted if you would mention me - Rivercassini - as the person who introduced you to the site.

Happy reading

Rivercassini

Journal Entry 15 by pookie26 on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Caught - on the bakerloo line at 6.30 pm GMT, started reading it immediately and have enjoyed the little that I have read so far .. can't wait to finish it and release into the wild, am contemplating doing it in central perk, New York in June!

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