Shanghai Girls

by Lisa See | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0812981502 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Bjorg of Reykjavík, Reykjavík (Höfuðborgar svæðið) Iceland on 7/20/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by Bjorg from Reykjavík, Reykjavík (Höfuðborgar svæðið) Iceland on Tuesday, July 20, 2010
In 1937 Shanghai - the Paris of Asia - twenty-one-year old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern and carefree - until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that to repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on a journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America. Though inseparable best friends, the sisters also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices and confront a devastating life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines hold fast to who they are - Shanghai girls.

Journal Entry 2 by Bjorg at Reykjavík, Reykjavík (Höfuðborgar svæðið) Iceland on Thursday, November 18, 2010
A very moving story, I got hooked right away, from the first page and until the end. Lisa See is a great writer and I love her writing style. The sisters, Pearl and May, felt very real to me.

Journal Entry 3 by Bjorg at on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (11/23/2010 UTC) at

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This book will now travel to my partner in Nattabee´s Secret Angels Christmas Exchange Game:)
Saw this on your wishlist and hope you will enjoy it:)

Journal Entry 4 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Thursday, December 30, 2010
Received this from my secret angel. :-) I really look forward to reading this book. Thanks for getting me this wishlist book, Björg!

Journal Entry 5 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Great book. I find it so interesting to learn about Shanghai and the life of the Chinese immigrants in the US. The end of the book was a bit disappointing to me, but otherwise, as always, I love reading Lisa See's books.

Journal Entry 6 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Thursday, February 17, 2011
I will send this book out as a bookring. Here is the order so far. If anybody else would like to join, just PM me.

PLEASE: try to read the book within a month of receiving it.

1. abigailann (UK, ship UK)
2. kirstykat (UK, ship UK / EU)
3. footymadgill (UK, ship intl)
4. 24-7-365Reader (UK, ship UK)
5. elstaplador (UK, ship intl)
6. dutch-book (NL, ship EU)
7. 727 (Latvia, ship EU)--> skipped
8. okyrhoe (Greece, ship intl)
9. Icila (France, ship intl)
10. lauraloo29 (CA, ship intl)
11. carelaisa (CA, ship CA or US)
12. emmmersss (USA, ship intl)
13. iwillrejoice (USA, ship North America)
14. FeistyPom2Love (USA, ship North America)
15. lisabb2 (USA, ship USA)
16. valpete (USA, ship intl, towards the end of the list)
17. lisa1301 (UK, ship intl) --> skipped, no answer to PMs
18. teggers (UK, ship intl) --> skipped, no answer to PMs
19. lunatum (Finland, ship intl) --> skipped
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Journal Entry 7 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (2/22/2011 UTC) at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany

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the book is on its way to the first reader in the UK!

Journal Entry 8 by abigailann at Abingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, February 25, 2011

Thanks for sending this my way. I have one book to read after my current one and then I will get to this one.

Journal Entry 9 by abigailann at Abingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, March 12, 2011

I just loved the way this book transported me into the worlds of both China and Chinese people in America during the middle of the C20th. The images were vivid and the characters were interesting. I learnt an awful lot from reading this book, including several new Chinese words and concepts. My only fault about this book is how suddenly it ended- I wanted to know more!

I have the next participants address and will send on asap

Journal Entry 10 by kirstykat at Potters Bar, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, March 17, 2011
Gratefully received this morning from Abigailann. Two books to read ahead of this, but will get it on it's way as soon as possible. Really looking forward to reading this! :)

Journal Entry 11 by kirstykat at Potters Bar, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Started this last night and it is was so immediately gripping that I was consequently late for work this morning!! :o.

Will contact the next in the ring because I hope to get this moving again by the end of the month. Sorry for any delay - I have been a bit behind with my reading!!

Journal Entry 12 by kirstykat at Potters Bar, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 4, 2011
An absolutely FABULOUS book - tears, laughter, joy, happiness - all the emotions you could think of. Loved it!

Thank you Grovalski for setting this ring up :)

Journal Entry 13 by kirstykat at Bromley, Kent United Kingdom on Monday, July 4, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (7/2/2011 UTC) at Bromley, Kent United Kingdom

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Posted on to FootymadGill. Hope you enjoy it!! :)

Journal Entry 14 by footymadgill at Croydon, Surrey United Kingdom on Monday, July 4, 2011
Received today. Have one book to read and this is next in line. Thanks Kirstykat for sending.

Journal Entry 15 by footymadgill at Croydon, Surrey United Kingdom on Monday, July 11, 2011
I loved this book. Well written. A rollercoaster of emotions. Thanks for sharing!

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Sent on to the next reader in the ring

Journal Entry 17 by 24-7-365Reader at Droitwich, Worcestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, July 17, 2011
This book arrived this week, thanks for sharing, I will get it started very soon :)

Journal Entry 18 by 24-7-365Reader at Droitwich, Worcestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Firstly let me apologise for holding on to this book, it feels like I have had it for ages. We have been on holiday for a couple of weeks and I lost track of time - very sorry :(

On to the book - I have rated this book a 4, I didn't finish it as I felt I had already had it for too long and I found it quite difficult to read, however I am sure if it was on my book shelf I would go back to it and try again as there were aspects of it that interested me and given time I might have enjoyed it more.

Many thanks for sharing and once again apologies!

I have emailed the next person on the list and will post as soon as I have the address.

Journal Entry 19 by wingelstapladorwing at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Sunday, October 2, 2011
This was waiting for me when I got back from a weekend away. Thank you!

Journal Entry 20 by wingelstapladorwing at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Saturday, October 8, 2011
These days I learn most of my history from novels, but perhaps that's not such a bad thing. At least novelists will admit that they made bits up, or left things out because they didn't fit. More to the point, one learns that there is something to learn about a time or place one hadn't really thought about. Such is the case with Lisa See, as much with Shanghai Girls as with Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which I read last year.

See deals here with what seems to be a favourite theme: the changes of a relationship between two women. In fact, if one leaves time and place out of it, the plot is basically that of Snow Flower: love, hate, deception, loyalty, and one's inability to know oneself without the help of those one knows. However, time and place are vital, because the Shanghai girls are physically resident in the city of the title for only a few chapters; the rest of the novel is a story of escape, travel, immigration and integration in America, and it's this that makes it fascinating. I knew a little bit about the Chinese American experience in the mid twentieth century from reading the Wikipedia article on Anna May Wong; the rest was all new, and more than compensates for the duplicate plot.

Journal Entry 21 by wingelstapladorwing at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (10/8/2011 UTC) at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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In the post to the next reader in the ring. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 22 by wingdutch-bookwing at Weesp, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, October 29, 2011
Arrived here Thursday. I'm sure I'll enjoy it!

Journal Entry 23 by wingdutch-bookwing at Weesp, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Again an interesting read. I feel like I'm learning a lot from See's works of fiction. Am learning a lot about China, it becomes such an interesting country in her stories. I will PM okyrhoe for his/her adress, as 727 has written on the forums that she won't be able to do any rings due to financial reasons.

Journal Entry 24 by wingdutch-bookwing at Weesp, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, January 2, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (1/2/2012 UTC) at Weesp, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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Sending to the next participant.

Journal Entry 25 by okyrhoe at Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Thursday, January 12, 2012
Arrived in Athens.
Thanks grovalskii for including me in the ring, and dutch- book for posting it to me :-)

Happy 2012 everyone!

Journal Entry 26 by okyrhoe at Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Monday, February 6, 2012
I had a mixed response to the book.
I enjoy reading about the immigrant experience in America; the details of the sisters' journey from poster girls of high-society Shanghai to slum living in Los Angeles did not disappoint. From this perspective, the novel is valuable as a historical insight.
Coincidentally, I followed Shanghai Girls with Stealing Buddha's Dinner, and what a difference 40 years make, with regards to the immigrants' process of assimilation in the U.S.
But I couldn't get used to the narrative voice. Pearl's naïveté & limited scope contrasts with her first-person account which is rich in historical details and clarifications. A third-person point of view would have seemed more suitable.
Also, the plot's hurried pace, galloping from one tragedy to another, and the way that secret treasures or secret identities were dramatically revealed in climactic moments, gave the story a soap-opera feel.

Journal Entry 27 by okyrhoe at book ring/ray, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Monday, February 6, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (2/6/2012 UTC) at book ring/ray, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases

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On its way by post to Icila in France.
Enjoy!

Journal Entry 28 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Sunday, February 12, 2012
The book is now with me, thanks okyrhoe.

Journal Entry 29 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, March 8, 2012
I didn't know this author but I'm sure to be interested if one or another of her books crosses my way.

I just saw that's a sequel is coming :
http://www.lisasee.com/dreamsofjoy/

Journal Entry 30 by wingIcilawing at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, March 16, 2012

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On its way to Lauraloo29 in Canada.

Journal Entry 31 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Arrived today. I'm in the middle of another book, but this will be next. Thank you!

Journal Entry 32 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Finally! I have finished. I didn't mean to keep it so long. I have limited reading time, but now that daylight savings has kicked in and there is actual light at my early morning bus stop, I was able to push through.

A good read. Loved reading about this part of history I didn't really know about. Interesting on family relationships. I'm glad I stuck with it. :)

I have the next address and I'm going to the post office on Thursday.

Thank you for sharing!

Journal Entry 33 by wingcarelaisawing at Québec, Québec Canada on Thursday, May 24, 2012
The book got in yesterday. I will start reading this weekend, as I'm just about to finish the one I'm currently reading.

Thanks lauraloo29 for sending it my way and grovalskii for sharing it with us :)

Journal Entry 34 by wingcarelaisawing at Québec, Québec Canada on Friday, June 1, 2012
It’s the 2nd novel that I read from this author and again, she knows how to fill a story with the right mood from the concerned era. Though the main characters are fictional, some of the secondary have existed, as well as some of the facts on which the author based her storyline. Once more, what bothered in her 1st novel is again the negative point I have about this one. She tends to drag on certain scenes and events. Some of it were necessary but some also could have shortened and it wouldn’t have affected the plot. Still, it was a good atmospheric novel, depicting quite well the era and what was going on. Overall, a book that I liked and that read at a good pace.

I've pm'ed the next reader, emmmersss, and have yet to receive a pm... so I'll wait a little bit more before sending a new pm.

EDIT june 4th: I've rec'd a pm from emmmersss and she said she found a copy of the book earlier this year and read it, so she aksed to be skipped. I will now pm the next bcer, iwillrejoice.

JUNE 5TH: the book is now travelling, on its way to iwillrejoice!

Journal Entry 35 by wingiwillrejoicewing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
It's here!

The book arrived safely yesterday -- Thank you! I just finished the book I was reading yesterday, so I'm ready to dive right in.

Watch this space! :-)

Journal Entry 36 by wingiwillrejoicewing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Monday, June 25, 2012
I enjoyed reading about these girls, their culture, their travails in escaping from war-torn China, & their experiences as Chinese immigrants. Thanks for sharing!

PM'ing FeistyPom2Love now for an address.

Journal Entry 37 by wingiwillrejoicewing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Update: FeistyPom2Love asked to be skipped. So, I'll PM lisabb2 next.

Journal Entry 38 by wingiwillrejoicewing at A BookCrosser, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Friday, June 29, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (6/30/2012 UTC) at A BookCrosser, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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Released to lisabb2 in Iowa. Happy travels, little book!

Delivery Confirmation #: 9101785091401812227378


Journal Entry 39 by lisabb2 at Grimes, Iowa USA on Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Got in the mail recently. Will read shortly.

Journal Entry 40 by lisabb2 at Grimes, Iowa USA on Friday, July 27, 2012
Another good read by Lisa See! I loved learning about live in Shanghai and the Chinese immigration issues. Looking forward to reading Dreams of Joy now!

Got the next person's address and I'll mail it off to her shortly.

Journal Entry 41 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Wednesday, August 1, 2012
I've now received this book. It'll be a while since I have a few others stacked up before it. I'll read it ASAP.

Journal Entry 42 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Thursday, July 18, 2013
I can't believe I've had this book for such a long time.

I really liked it very much. It tells a powerful story of two Chinese sisters and how their lives, intricately intertwined, evolved.

Journal Entry 43 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Saturday, July 20, 2013

Released 8 yrs ago (7/19/2013 UTC) at Walnut Creek, California USA

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I was last on this Ring and the originator asked me to pass it along to someone who has it on their Wishlist. I'm sending it along to Biisbsw.

Enjoy

Journal Entry 44 by biisbsw at Endicott, New York USA on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Thanks for sharing this book with me. It looks like most everyone really enjoyed this so I'm expecting to like it and am glad to have a chance to read it.

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