The Ginger Tree

by Oswald Wynd | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0060973323 Global Overview for this book
Registered by rem_SGW-360761 on 2/24/2009
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by rem_SGW-360761 at Madisonville, Kentucky USA on Friday, September 10, 2010
Going to a winner of my "Win Something and Do Something in Return" Contest! Enjoy!

Journal Entry 2 by dabercro at Clinton, Utah USA on Monday, September 20, 2010
This book was waiting for me when I returned home from my trip. Thanks!!

Journal Entry 3 by dabercro at Clinton, Utah USA on Wednesday, October 13, 2010
From the book jacket..."Betrothed to a military attache in Peking, twenty-year-old Mary MacKenzie sets sail for China with a frugal trousseau and a suffocating chaperone. But Mary, a young Scotswoman, is lively, curious, unspoiled. The year is 1903, and it will not be long before she scandalizes the British in Peking by falling into an adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman. Her odyssey begins in earnest when she is torn from her small daughter and turned out of the European community. How she survives in an ancient Eastern culture that barely tolerates women, much less Westerners, is the story of The Ginger Tree, a compelling novel that spans more than forty tumultuous years in the Far East--including two world wars and the cataclysmic Tokyo earthquake of 1923."


My thoughts...the story is told through letters and journal entries all written by Mary. I really cared for Mary. She may have been young and naive when she first arrived in Peking but she uses her smarts and strength to rise above all her adversities.

Journal Entry 4 by dabercro at Clinton, Utah USA on Friday, November 12, 2010
I decided to make a bookring with this book. The rules are pretty basic.

1. Journal when you receive the book.

2. Journal your thoughts after you read the book.

3. Pm the next person on the list for their address then journal when you mail the book. Media mail is fine.Please try to move the book on within a month. If you will be keeping it longer (life happens), please journal or pm me so that I know where the book is. Please be considerate of the people on the list after you who are still waiting to read this book.

4. Enjoy the book!

Participant mailing order:

1. carelaisa - Canada
2. megami-no-ushi - Canada
3. bananabrianna - Canada - asked to be skipped
4. minesayn - OH
5. Secretariat - CA
6. Aberpeter - WA -- book is here


Journal Entry 5 by dabercro at BOOKRING, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Friday, November 12, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (11/12/2010 UTC) at BOOKRING, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada

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Sending to carelaisa in Quebec, Canada

Journal Entry 6 by wingcarelaisawing at Québec, Québec Canada on Thursday, November 25, 2010
got the book today!

looks like an interesting read... which I will get to this weekend, as I'm currently reading another book :)

thanks dabercro to sending the book my way :)

Journal Entry 7 by wingcarelaisawing at Québec, Québec Canada on Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Finally read it...

It’s a really good story, a nice historical atmosphere; the beginning is a bit slow though. The most interesting part is Mary’s life in Japan. Here, the use of letters and intimate journals to narrate fits perfectly well the story; it actually makes it more real. A good book that deserves to be read!

As for today, dec 13th, it's on its way to megami-no-ushi. It should get there just before Christmas but who knows with the postal system these days...

Journal Entry 8 by megami-no-ushi at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Monday, December 20, 2010
This came in the mail today with perfect timing as I just finished my book today at lunch! Hopefully the christmas rush will be over soon and I can get it travelling again soon!

Journal Entry 9 by megami-no-ushi at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Monday, January 3, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (12/31/2010 UTC) at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada

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Whoops, I forgot to journal this on New Years eve when this went out in the post at lunchtime. Bananabrianna asked to be skipped when I PMed her so I've sent it on to minesayn.

I really enjoyed this book and how the heroine always found a way to pick herself up and keep going, even through years of hardship and aching loss. I'm not sure I could have handled what she went through.

I thought the observation about "the most helpless thing in a man's world is a woman heavy with a child she's not supposed to have." (from memory so perhaps not 100% accurate) to be really poignant. I also found the ending to be really bittersweet.

Journal Entry 10 by megami-no-ushi at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Friday, February 11, 2011
Just a update: the envelope was ripped in transit and the book lost. I've started a claim with the post office so will be able to get a new copy of the book but this will likely take a couple of weeks.

Journal Entry 11 by megami-no-ushi at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
update 2: the claim went through so a new copy of the book is being shipped to Minesayn who will use the same BCID to label the replacement book. it won't be the same cover though...

Journal Entry 12 by wingminesaynwing at Huron, Ohio USA on Sunday, February 27, 2011
Received via amazon.com from megami-no-ushi to replace the original that was destroyed in transit! Will read and pass on--thanks to dabercro for starting this ring, and megami-no-ushi for getting the replacement.

Journal Entry 13 by wingminesaynwing at Huron, Ohio USA on Wednesday, June 29, 2011
This is a novel about a woman from Scotland who travels to China to marry a man, but ends up in an affair with a Japanese man. Abandoned by her community, she travels to Japan and lives for the next forty years (through 2 World Wars and earthquakes and heartbreak). Well worth reading and learning about Japanese culture in the early 1900s.

Thanks dabercro for giving me the chance to read it...sorry it took so long!

Journal Entry 14 by wingminesaynwing at Carlsbad, California USA on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (6/29/2011 UTC) at Carlsbad, California USA

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On its way via media mail to Carlsbad...the book ring continues! (sorry to have taken so long, but thanks for the chance to read it).

Journal Entry 15 by Secretariat at Carlsbad, California USA on Saturday, July 9, 2011
Arrived safe and sound. I'm fascinated by the bio of the author. He was born to missionaries in Tokyo, lived there until going to college in Scotland, joins the Scots military, and during WWII is imprisoned in a Japanese camp where, frankly, he would have been a great deal of help to his fellow prisoners because he must have known the language and certainly would have known Japanese culture, something most of them knew nothing about. I wonder whether his knowledge made him a favorite of the guards or perhaps they hated him for it. Very interesting.

Anyway, I'll get to this as soon as possible. It's behind 4 others, but I should still get to it within the month. Thanks to dabercro for starting this.

Journal Entry 16 by Secretariat at Kirkland, Washington USA on Thursday, August 11, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (8/11/2011 UTC) at Kirkland, Washington USA

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Generally I like epistolary novels. However, for some reason this book didn't resonate with me. Wynd has a nice writing style and I enjoyed seeing the world at the turn of the 20th Century in China, but I never really connected with the character and abandoned it in favor of books I enjoyed more.

On its way to Aberpeter today.

Journal Entry 17 by Aberpeter at Kirkland, Washington USA on Friday, August 19, 2011
Arrived today.

Journal Entry 18 by Aberpeter at Kirkland, Washington USA on Thursday, December 22, 2011
I finished this book a while ago and never journaled it.

Even though I thought the overall story of Mary Mackenzie was a great tale to be told, I never really connected with her character and had a hard time focusing on her story. It was difficult to empathize with her character and to really care what path her life took.

Journal Entry 19 by Aberpeter at Kirkland, Washington USA on Friday, August 10, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (8/10/2012 UTC) at Kirkland, Washington USA

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Adding to waternixie's wrap-it-up bookbox

Journal Entry 20 by waternixie at Seattle, Washington USA on Saturday, October 6, 2012
From the wrap-it-up book box. Looks good.

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