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As I read further, loosing myself within the richly enchantment of words, the notice of classic reads caught my interest. How many times I too could claim to the marvelous reads as to the likes of Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, Jane Austin, and so many more. Perhaps it was too early to say but my fondness for this charming read increased.
My time in life is so very different from Pearl. However, her forbidden desire is a moment I to shared briefly in my young life. As the words became more vivid in my mind's eye, I was taken back to a brief past.
"Mother, do you remember when I was really happy? That summer when I was with Pearl, I thought I was in heaven. Do you think I shall see her again, I mean in heaven? I would be happy there. I really miss her. I wonder what she's doing right now..." At this I am crying......
"Another Place Another Time".... Through this beautiful tale, I felt as if I grew right alongside Pearl. This story is so skillfully told that a reader has no choice but to feel as the character does. This is a must read and I would recommend it to all who wish to be taken to that most allusive space within the mind, where true beauty is sure to grow.
The only parts that put a definite gulf between us were the few times that the writer felt it necessary to have Pearl bask in the "elite" aspects of her educational background. I myself have been far from being an "elite" in anything.Read more ›
Beautifully written, "The Same Moon" is an (apparently) semi-autobiographical, semi-fiction story. Ms Kirk tells the story with authority and details that will astound the reader, especially one who, like me, doesn't know very much about China - its fascinating traditions, its beautiful scenery, its generous people. She also grew up during the Cultural Revolution - she also left home and came to UK and stayed. I don't know how much else of this story is based on her life, but that is enough to give me an idea - it was not an easy time or place to grow up.
This is not the sort of book I would ordinarily seek out and read - however, Junying Kirk asked me to do so and provide a review, and I can happily say that I loved this book and can heartily recommend it to anyone and everyone. Pick up this beautiful book - the first in a trilogy - and prepare to immerse yourself in a different world.
It was very interesting to learn about how Pearl and others lived, loved and learned in an all but secret time to the Western world. Pearl's childhood was hard but she always put education as a goal to strive for and better herself.
The Same Moon is a great look at her life and the incredible natural beauty of China. Junying Kirk puts you there seeing the wonders of the Middle Kingdom.
Pearl moves to the United Kingdom to continue her education and the adventure continues. Here the western reader gets a look at our world through the eyes of a beautiful Asian woman. It becomes a travelogue of sorts as Pearl visit many places in the UK and Europe. Her excitement spills over to the reader. She also faces the harsh reality of living on her own and making do with very little money due to her efforts to obtain a higher degree.
I found The Same Moon to be a good read and well edited. I did not like the formatting with its website style paragraphs that are space with no indents.
I recommend this book by Junying Kirk.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautifully-written book by a highly literate author who has a respect for the written word. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ms. Jess
'The Same Moon' chronicles the early life of Pearl Zhang whose childhood was spent in Sichuan during Mao's Great Leap Forward. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Diogenes
I have read only two books on Chinese culture, the first being an autobiography and this being a novel. This rings true to the autobiography in every way and then some. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Pearl's memories from China to UK and back and then back again placed me in her pocket with not only a glimpse of the scenery, scents and tastes of the foods, but also I felt her... Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Kathleen Boston McCune
4 1/2 stars
I'll start by mentioning the fact that I've worked on this book. Ahhh, you might say; she's biased. Not in the least. Read more
This book is full of chinese history and colour and truly shows an insight into how different the western lifestyle actually is in comparison. Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by kenyon15
The Same Moon is a novel in memoir form by my friend Junying Kirk. Made from a mix of fascinating details from daily struggle and the intense and poetic feelings of men and women... Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Matthew Posner
As a Canadian born Chinese, I didn't have the history of China as a foundation for reading this book, but growing up Chinese in a very traditional home, even in French-speaking... Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by eden
This book is written in a fictional memoir style, making it easier for me to become emotionally attached to the main character, Pearl. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by SinMacD
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