Falling leaves return to their roots
The story of an unwanted Chinese daughter growing up during the Communist Revolution, blamed for her mother's death, ignored by her millionaire father and unwanted by her Eurasian step mother. A story of greed, hatred and jealousy; a domestic dramais played against the extraordinary political events in China and Hong Kong. Written with the emotional force of a novel but with a vividness drawn from a personal and political background. FALLING LEAVES has become a surprise bestseller all over the world.
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A wonderful, touching read. Really cuts close to the heart without being over-reaching. Indeed, Mah does what most writers dream about doing: showing a sad story and invoking pity without once asking for it. Her style is clear, journalistic, and artistic - there are passages that seem like dreams, passages that seem like reports. Her seamless transition between oceans and continents is a marvel. This is one of my favorite nonfiction books simply because it is such a great story, so well written and evocative in its truth.
While asking the big questions concerning identity, family, and justice, Mah also depicts the portrait of a lonely girl growing up in a home where she is almost completely ignored. The backdrop of historical China adds to the story and mirrors it in some ways. The fact that Mah is able to make something of herself despite her painful upbringing brought tears to my eyes. She is a master storyteller and an inspiration to boot.
Pick up "Falling Leaves" this winter for some good fireside reading. I would give this book six stars if I could.
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Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots: Luo Ye Gui Gen : the True Story of an ...
Adeline Yen Mah
No preview available - 1999