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Homesick (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – March 1, 2007
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First of all, you have to admire Fritz's candor. The very first thing she does is state in the Forward that she considers this a fiction. Though the facts are true here and there, the author has taken some liberties with time and memory. She obviously cannot remember everything that happened perfectly, so she has filled in the gaps as best as possible. Though, she points out, "it does not feel like fiction to me. It is my story, told as truly as I can tell it". THANK YOU, Jean Fritz. How many books do we read where the author claims that everything within the book is the whole truth and nothing but the truth, while taking wild leaps in narrative and interpretation? Finally, we have an author that admits that much of this book may be considered fiction, though she herself remembers it as fact. Such honesty is admirable, and exceedingly rare in non-fiction writers.
As for the story itself, Fritz is very good at what she does. The writing here is superb. Living in a very sketchy time in China's history, little Jean was in the unfortunate position of living in a country where foreigners were finally not being tolerated with much kindness any longer. Often times Chinese peasants rail against Jean for being the kind of "foreign devil" that is a bane to their country.Read more ›
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Homesick had me riveted! At times teary-eyed and at other times chuckling, this book will drew me in! Read morePublished 3 months ago by jgdom
My 10 year le daughter was required to read this in her book club.... I ended up reading too! Really good read!Published 16 months ago by Deborah Collier
You need to read it, it is the best book I have ever read the full life of Jean as a kidPublished 19 months ago by awesome
The setting is China during the early years of the 19th century. Britain was at the height of its colonial power. Read morePublished 21 months ago by John Hallquist
I dreamed about find this classic from my childhood for 20 years, it is such an amazing story about American's living in China during the revolution I would highly recommend it.Published on May 16, 2014 by Rebecca
Good book. It has comedy and even a little romance. I read it and really enjoyed it. I recommend this book.Published on January 22, 2014 by Kenny Miles
This is a quick read, and one that appeals to people from 12 to 92. Rich in images from China when missionaries and colonials lived lives of luxury while the poor toiled all... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Sarah
A touching story. Absolutely LOVELY.
Absolutely glad I read this. It was a combination of suspense with a magic touch added of happiness.
Jean Guttery Fritz is the author of over fifty books for children, including such excellent historical fiction as Early Thunder, The Cabin Faced West, and Brady, and biographies... Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Wayne S. Walker