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Warner Books, which has been highly successful with such bittersweet romances as Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County and Nicholas Sparks's The Notebook, offers another winner in the category. Like Sparks, Liu (Faces, LJ 8/94) based her novel on the lives of her grandparents. The book has epic ambitions, capturing the sweep of the historical era between 1900 and 1941 by using descriptive detail and incident quite effectively. Hope Newfield, the central character, is a California teacher tutoring Asian students in English. One of her students is Liang Po-yu, a scholar-revolutionary and friend of Sun Yat-sen, who wants to bring democracy to China. The novel is the history of their marriage, conceived in love but torn by bigotry and racism on the part of both Oriental and Occidental. The prose has a haunting, lyrical quality and an aura of authenticity. Recommended for all popular fiction collections.
-?Jacqueline Seewald, Red Bank Regional H.S., Little Silver, N.J.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Liu writes an epic fictional tale based on the true experiences of her grandparents, a white American woman and a Chinese revolutionary, set at the turn of the century, a time in U.S. history when it was illegal (in most states) for a white woman to marry a Chinese man. The story starts out in Berkeley, California, where Hope, an English tutor, makes the acquaintance of Liang Po-yu, a Chinese student. Although she is engaged at the time to an American professor, Hope and Paul (his American name) fall in love and marry, despite the difficulties and blatant racism they know they will face in America and China. After struggling for a time in Berkeley, they eventually relocate to China, where Paul works feverishly on his dangerous mission to bring democracy to China, often risking his life and endangering Hope and their children. The story of their strong love for each other, set against a backdrop of revolution and mayhem, two world wars, bigotry, and personal tragedy, is exciting and beautifully written. Kathleen Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I am fascinated by books about China so I wanted to enjoy this book. What left me wanting so much was that the main characters have no style, no depth, I couldn't picture them. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by DH
There are plenty of reviews that give details of this book. I will just say thatthis book leaves a lasting impression that makes you feel as if you really KNOW the characters. Read morePublished on January 2, 2009 by Kindle Customer
When I read this story, I couldn't stop. It captured not only my attention but my heart as well. I was so touched by the enduring love story between Hope and Paul. Read morePublished on July 12, 2007 by Winelover
This book is well written and very ambitious in its scope. It is fascinating to get a "people's eye" view of the rise of Sun Yat Sen. Read morePublished on June 25, 2006 by Margaret B. Wright
I have mixed feelings about this quasi-romance novel about an American teacher named Hope and Po-yu (Paul), her Chinese student. On one hand, it was often very interesting, as Ms. Read morePublished on July 25, 2002 by E. Khan
I bought this cassette because I love to "read" when I drive and I love to listen to B.D. Wong. Read morePublished on June 30, 2001