The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices

by Xinran | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0099440784 Global Overview for this book
Registered by nediamnori87 of St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom on 11/8/2009
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10 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by nediamnori87 from St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, November 08, 2009
Brought for ApoloniaX winner of the Charity Shop Challenge October. The book was brought from Barnardos in town which is a children's charity. Thank you for taking part and I hope you enjoy your book!

Journal Entry 2 by nediamnori87 at St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, November 16, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (11/16/2009 UTC) at St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom

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After a month of hunting I've finally found you a book. I hope you enjoy it even though it's not on your wishlist.

Released as part of my charity shop challenge for October


Journal Entry 3 by wingApoloniaXwing from Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Arrived today in rainy Bremen.
Thank you so much, nediamnori87 - even though it wasn't on my wishlist, it could have been, it's just the type of book I like!

Journal Entry 4 by wingApoloniaXwing from Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Thursday, December 10, 2009
This is an excellent book about China, one that really gets under your skin.
I absolutely agree with what's written on the back cover:
'This is a book from deep in the heart of China. As shocking as it is revealing... An extraordinary and eye-opening read' (Jon Snow)
or
'Xinran's Good Women of China are all strong, strikingly resourceful characters who offer unforgetable insights into the past and present of Chinese women's lives' (The Times)
Highly recommenable!!!
The book is part of my Virtual Bookbox about Contemporary Asian Literature now.

Journal Entry 5 by wingApoloniaXwing at Contemporary Asian Literature, Virtual Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, December 10, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (12/11/2009 UTC) at Contemporary Asian Literature, Virtual Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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This book was part of the Contemporary Asian Literature VBB and is travelling to chucklesthescot now.
Happy reading!

Journal Entry 6 by Chucklesthescot from Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, December 17, 2009
Another choice from ApoloniaX's virtual bookbox which looks really good. I love these kinds of books so hope to get it read soon. Thank you for hosting this great bookbox!

Journal Entry 7 by Chucklesthescot from Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, March 20, 2010
This book got off to a really good start and I liked the story about the girl with the fly as a pet. It was a really tragic child abuse story that just makes you shake your head in disbelief. However I started to get bored in the next chapter when the student was being interviewed and I never really reconnected to the book.

Probably save this one for the upcoming Asian bookbox.

Journal Entry 8 by Chucklesthescot at Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, January 06, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (1/6/2011 UTC) at Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom

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Sending this as a rabck for my winter challenge. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 9 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Friday, February 11, 2011
What a nice surprise! Thanks for sending this all this way! I look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 10 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (11/9/2011 UTC) at Walnut Creek, California USA

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I haven't had a chance to read this. Sending it along to a BC pal with it on her Wishlist.

Journal Entry 11 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thank you so much for this book. I have really been wanting it. I really enjoy reading books about China. This has been on my wishlist for quite awhile. You are so kind to send the book to me.

Journal Entry 12 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Friday, July 05, 2013
This book has been on my wishlist since 12/25/05. I picked it up to read next.

Journal Entry 13 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Monday, July 08, 2013
I was excited to begin this book. Parts of the book were interesting to read. I wonder if the stories are totally true and if the lives of the women in China have changed. Xinran wrote once or twice about a son, but she seemed to work so much I found myself concerned about him and wondering who was taking care of him. The book was not as great as I thought it would be. It is exciting to learn more about China and the women in particular.

Journal Entry 14 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (7/30/2013 UTC) at Cape Coral, Florida USA

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Enjoy! RABCK to LovesOU for ABC VBB bookbox

Journal Entry 15 by rem_LovesOU at Carrollton, Texas USA on Thursday, August 08, 2013
Sent by booklady (many thanks!!) from a vbb. I am really looking forward to the read.

Journal Entry 16 by rem_LovesOU at Carrollton, Texas USA on Sunday, May 25, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (5/25/2014 UTC) at Carrollton, Texas USA

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Happy birthday Boekentrol. I thought of you after I read the book. It was well written about an area of the world I doubt I will get to see. And the book describes women's lifestyle and right very different from the western part of the world. Hope you enjoy the read.

Journal Entry 17 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Saturday, June 14, 2014
Thank you very much for sending me this book. You are right, this looks like a very interesting book.
I still have hopes to travel to that part of the world one day, but in the meantime reading about it is good too :-)

Journal Entry 18 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Monday, July 28, 2014
I've read this book with great interest. First of all, it is set in a part of the world that's very foreign and I always like to read more about it, to get to know it better. I hope one day I'll be able to visit.
The second reason why I liked this book so much, is that it covers a subject that is not common at all, and that it has been written with a, for Chinese measures, rare frankness.

It is very hard to pick a favorite, or even to say I have a favorite, for all stories are good. The ones I liked best though are: The Scavenger Woman and The Guomindang General's Daughter.
The whole book got under my skin, where it'll linger on for some time.

Journal Entry 19 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Monday, July 28, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (7/28/2014 UTC) at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands

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This book is now going on a journey again: to the next person who has it on her wishlist. She's also participating in Oppem's Birthday Group 2014.

Happy reading, but first: Happy Birthday!!!

Journal Entry 20 by stinaP at Raahe, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on Sunday, August 10, 2014
Wow, this is a great surprise! Thank you for this interesting book and your wishes on my birthday!

Journal Entry 21 by stinaP at Raahe, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on Monday, September 22, 2014
Oh my, what a story! I knew Xinran is a good writer, as I read her more recent book ("Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother" in Finnish) before this one.

I could feel the pain of the women Xinran wrote about. The life in China is so much more different from mine, and sometimes I felt ashamed of my easy life. Of course I have problems too, but still.. my sorrows felt tiny winy compared to these women. Once again, I am happy to be living in a country where women's rights are pretty fine.

It was interesting to read about the life in China, as it is something I don't know much about. I have friends in Japan, but these two Asian countries can't be compared.

I am going to release this book controlled later. I think that this is one of the rare copies in Finland at the moment, so I'd like to give other Finnish bookcrossers the possibility to read this one too before releasing it wild.

Journal Entry 22 by Joika at Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on Thursday, October 02, 2014
Thank you, stinaP! You made this sound so interesting in today's meet-up.

Journal Entry 23 by Joika at Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on Monday, January 11, 2016
Reading these stories was extraordinary and unforgettable for me. Many things sickened me but I just had to read on to get the picture. It is so hard to understand how these women could go on living, and well, not all of them could. It is hard to understand why some rules are developed in a society and even harder is the acknowledgment. Xinran had made valuable work and I grew fond of her style. The writing style's quite simple and gives away the essential and is powerful as hell.

The book will soon move on to meet another Finnish bookcrosser.

Journal Entry 24 by Joika at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Released 4 yrs ago (1/13/2016 UTC) at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland

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Off to eastern Finland.

Journal Entry 25 by wingSoozreaderwing at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Thank you very much for this book that arrived while I was away on holidays!:)

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