- File Size: 375 KB
- Print Length: 200 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1973443775
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (November 16, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077K34R7H
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story line is well drawn. The characters are wonderfully drawn. The story and the characters come together beautifully into an ending which I will not tell you about. You must read the book to know what happens. It is well worth the time and effort. Well done Ms. Griffith-Jones, well done indeed.
couple who work for various foreigners doing business and living in Shanhai for a
period of time. Their only son doesn't care to follow the traditional good son role of a
person who marries, has a family, and helps his parents. He not a likeable character
as he lies to his parents, and uses them and a girl who is in love with him.
The ending was a surprising twist. A quick read, definitely different, interesting, but
i am left conflicted, which is not always a bad thing. That is more true to life than a
nice, neat happy ending that is easily figured out early on in the book.
The people who employ Li Yang, while being delighted with her work, also have problems of their own, which we find being slowly revealed either in their conversations with Li Yang, or through her own observations during her daily working life. It becomes clear to the traditionalist Chinese cleaning lady that the foreigners live their lives according to a completely different set of values to her and her husband. As cultures clash in this east meets west collision of lifestyles, Li Yang must learn to adjust and at times accept behaviour she finds strange and alien to her, while at the same time, she must do all she can to find a suitable wife for her son, (she thinks), though Xu Bo has ideas that will eventually bring him into direct confrontation with his parents.
A cleverly written book that reveals much about daily life in a foreign land whose culture and lifestyle is as different from ours as chalk and cheese. An intriguing and at times enlightening read. Well worth 5 stars!
I absolutely loved this book. It was charming and innocent, transporting me back to a bygone era. Shanghai is described in perfect detail, with its vast suburban sprawl and leafy outskirts. You could almost reach out and touch the city. The characters were superbly created too. Li Yang's forthright manner complemented her husband's laid back approach to life. Their son, whilst an unpleasant character, added to the melting pot of the Expats.
A wonderful twist at the end has me hoping that a sequel is in the offing. A truly charming tale, expertly crafted.