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China Men
China Men
by Maxine Hong Kingston
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.94
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegantly crafted, November 12, 1998
This review is from: China Men (Paperback)
I have never read a book before or since, that has moved me so much. In writing a history and the mythology of her family in America, Maxine Hong Kingston has almost written the history of my old sojourning family in Australia. The names and the places are different-but the expericences and the emotions are the same. The author beautifully crafts together the elements of the Cantonese expericences in America with 'talk story',both of the old world and of the new, to describe the essential concept of the book; that is, what it means and what it feels to identify oneself as a Chinese-American (or Australian). The images of self-identity, of being a part of the new world from one's roots in the old, is an undercurrent which flows through and shapes this book as you read it. The only regret that I have with it, is that if the reader can't identify with the people and the experiences in the book, perhaps much of the magic and the sentiments that the author has described is lost. I have to say that it is THE finest book that I ever have read (and re-read many times over). Absolutely fabulous.


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