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But don't get the wrong idea: although there are unsavory moments and descriptions, there is a lot of beauty for sure. Ni Bing is a very sensitive person, and extremely strong, and you end up admiring her. My favorite part of the book is when she finally makes up with her paternal grandmother, who had so abused her as a child. By the way, in this section the binding of feet is explained in good detail. The cruelty of it, juxtaposed to the sweetness that grandmother and granddaughter show to each other at this point in their lives, brought tears to my eyes.
This is not a fairytale by any means, but a story of struggle and determination, and from what I understand, fairly autobiographical. I cannot believe Wang Ping's mother tongue is NOT English, she wrote this so well. Yet again, why should I be surprised? Ni Bing would have written it with the same mastery.
Check out Wang Ping's website: fantastic! Do not miss the photographs.
Rules for the BookRay (inspired from LyekkaMarengo's profile):
1. Please let me know your shipping restrictions.
2. Journal the book when you get it.
3. If you can't finish this book in ~ 4 weeks, please let me know.
4. Make your Journal Entry.
5. PM the next person in line before you send it to make sure they are still interested in participating.
6. PM the next person in line after you have actually mailed the book.
nynjagrrrl (WI) - intl OK **** mailed AUGUST 6 ****
loveamystery (CAN) - intl OK
quak - Germany - EU preferred
Sirah (Finland) - Europe only
Aspen72 (Finland) - intl OK
LeishaCamden (Norway) - intl OK
stormlilly (UK) - UK only
Midlifecrisis (UK) - Europe pref.
iliotropio (Belgium) - intl OK
Ilios (FL) - US only
JDT (CA) - US preferred
I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this book. It is sensitively written and the strength of Ni Bing is very admirable. Thank you GeorgeousGlo for sharing it.
This book is now on its way by surface mail to quak in Germany. It was going to cost $28.00 by air, so I opted for $12.00 by surface mail. It may take anywhere from six to eight weeks to arrive.
Update 16.Jan.2008: Sorry for keeping the book so long. I finally read in about a week and I liked it. It is a touching story about a life full of obstacles. The story about Ni Bings birth was interesting and I had never hinted it. I didn't really understand why she loved Yan and stayed with him. But maybe she just knew something else. It actually is a sad story with a really open ending.
What was very interesting are the infos about how life was during the cultural revolution. Some very absurd things happened there. It is very shocking to read about how poor people were. And it's even worse that there are still many people (in China and in other countries) living under such really bad conditions.
I already asked for the next address and hope to send the book within this or the next week.
So far the best read this year- next going to start Khaled Hosseini´s A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Thanks for sharing the book with me! I´ll contact Aspen72 for her address.
I suppose I'll put this on top of my tbr-queue, as there are so many readers waiting still after me :)
The latter half of the book was fascinating and interesting, giving some enlightment to life in China in 1980's. I felt it a bit strange that situation was so terrible then, as it's not so far away, things happened during my childhood, I mean. I started to wait for some description of 'Tiananmen Square protests', but as they were in 1989, they didn't fit in the book timeframe. Even nowadays, there is no 'free speech' in China, I wonder how long this situation will last.
Quite topical reading what comes to current news from Tibet and China.
I'll post the book to Norway within this week.
#16 in Keep them moving 2008 challenge
I'll journal again when I've read the book.
This was an excellent read, rather painful at times, but a well told story and very believable. Unfortunately. It seemed a very realistic portrait of life in China during that time. Completely absurd, yes ... but that's how it was. And to quite an extent probably still is. This book gives a good window onto what totalitarianism has to offer, so to speak, in many ways. Ni Bing has a lot of personal strength to be able to survive all that she goes through. She is a very well rounded character, I ended up both liking and admiring her as well as being annoyed by her and disliking her. :-) There are many good characters in this novel, this was one of the main strengths of the book. I found the characters generally very believable.
The plot was a little hard to follow at first as it keeps jumping back and forth between different time periods and places (and with such strange place names, of course, to a Western reader :-) ... but as someone already mentioned it does become easier to follow as you read on. Definitely a worthwhile read.
The only thing that really marred the book were the rather too numerous typos ... I spotted them in quite a few places and really, there should have been none. This is a professionally published book. Possibly not a big deal for some, but I'm kind of obsessive about these things. :-)
Thanks for sharing, GG!
Hoping to get stormlilly's address soon and get the book travelling again.
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The book is finally on its way to England ... !!
Sorry for being so slow to mail it!! Thanks for sharing, GG, and happy reading, stormlilly!
I have it all packed up and ready to go- just need the address!
Many thanks Midlifecrisis!
On its way to Ilios. Happy reading!
I am halfway through the book. I am contacting JDT today to make sure I get an address and keep this book moving ASAP. Thank you for your patience.
This book presents a very familiar topic for me: a woman's coming of age tale in communist China and how she breaks away from the accepted customs to become her own person. It reminded me of Red Azalea and Wild Swans.
The story really focuses on Ni Bing, the main character. Through flashbacks, we learn about her difficult childhood, the conflicts within her family, and the way she met her current boyfriend - a married man who manipulates her to keep her right where he wants her.
We follow her struggle to get an education at a time when who goes to college is decided by your "political qualifications". She also tries to uncover the secrets behind the frayed relationships in her family.
I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read others from the same author.
The depiction of Ni Bing's relationship with her father and hre paternal grandmother were very touching, particularly the last few chapters when we witness the reconciliation.
I am sending this book out next week. I have the next BXer's address ready to go.
Thanks to all before me.
just realized I've read this one awhile ago! End of the bookray, and GorgeousGlo suggested I share or wild release it!
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continuing this book's journey - released to caligula03 who plans to wild release at her favorite coffee place.
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