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The First Excellence ~ Fa-ling's Map (Li Fa-ling mystery series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B003KN3G6Y
- Publisher : Carrick Publishing; 1st edition (May 3, 2010)
- Publication date : May 3, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 506 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 376 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,698,491 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I lived in Taiwan and have visited China. Great to see Chinese names and phrases, occasionally with the tonal marks, Nǐ hǎo. I would liked to have seen more of these, just my preference, as I like to know how to pronounce the names correctly. I like the references to Confucianism and the Excellences. While teaching in Tw I sensed the underlying mix of Confucianism and Daoism in my students. A good job by the author of mixing in just the right amount of cultural background.
The second sub-plot begins immediately with a Chinese family consisting of a son, Daui, mother Tan Sho-Sui and father Di Lin being murdered by Agents Jui Kaiyu, Ng-3hi and Ho Lon-Yi. The daughter Shapei escapes because her mother calls to her to run. At that time, there is nothing that explains just who these agents are and why the family is killed. Later in the story, it comes to light.
The third sub-plot is six Canadian couples who come to China to complete the adoption of their Chinese babies, which they had prior applied for. There are interesting aspects of these couples that wind throughout the story.
Off and on Chinese Policemen Wang Yong-qi and his partner Cheng resist the efforts of the Chinese Agents and help Shapei and her relatives and Fa-ling. Fa-ling, along with her sister, had been adopted by a Canadian couple and she had joined these Canadian couples to revisit where she was born and get acquainted with her old culture. She can still speak Cantonese.
By the end of the book, the author has tied up all the loose ends so that unanswered questions in the reader's mind have been answered. The author states she adopted a Chinese baby and she incorporated much of those experiences in this book, so it would appear that the reader is getting insight into the Chinese culture of 2007, which might otherwise not be available so easily and interestingly. I recommend this book for its depth and forthrightness.
While these things are discussed, it is all part of an intriguing story line that keeps you interested all the way through to the end. It certainly provides an insight into the challenges of the one child rule, the pressure to have only boy babies in China, and the lengths couples around the world will go through to add those precious children to their families.
The story comes to a full conclusion, and an interesting twist at the end, but we know there is a lot more about the people we have met in this novel that we will want to read about as their lives go beyond this story, setting up for a probability of sequels. But this story stands alone, so don't fear you will be left hanging. Great the writing style by this author, and I'm looking forward to enjoying more of her books.