- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (September 7, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1418437743
- ISBN-13: 978-1418437749
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,503,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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THE LADY AND THE TIGER: A memoir of Taiwan, the Republic of China Paperback – September 7, 2004
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About the Author
The Lady and the Tiger is author Patricia Linder's newest book, based on the life of a military wife caught in the middle of an international intrigue in the Far East. During her husband's career as a Naval Officer, she spent many years, traveling through Europe and the Orient. Her memoir, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, chronicles the sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic life as a Navy wife. The author's latest book describes the frightening aspects of being in the right place at the wrong time, but by using her pragmatic Iowa background and having been born in the Year of the Tiger, she never doubted her ability to survive any situation.If you wish to contact the author, please use the residence address: 37865 South Spoon Drive, Tucson, AZ. 85739 or e-mail: email@example.com. Tel: 520-825-8335
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This book was clearly not intended to be a study of the history of Taiwan, its people or its geopolitical situation. It is simply a first-hand account of the times as she lived them. Those of us who were in the U.S. military serving in Taiwan will recognize many of her descriptions and anecdotes. I found myself smiling often as I read it.
Linder does a masterpiece of reporting from her own heart and soul. She sounds like someone who not only was there physically, but was fully aware of all the political and social issues that surrounded what was happening. She has an intelligent grasp of what happened and why. She writes with great passion and skill to weave the facts and emotions together to give the story lots of energy and movement. This book, at times, reads almost like an action novel. You will get hooked from page one and will have a hard time putting down the book.
She faces riots, mobs and angry people all with great courage. She has to deal with tapped phones, and armed guards that she cannot fully trust and even rooms in her own residence that are bugged with listening devices. The events and culture that she found in Taiwan are not what this wife of a Rear Admiral was expecting. This was a tour of duty that was going to really test her soul!
Great book to read! It has the MWSA's TOP BOOK RATING - FIVE STARS!
MWSA's 2006 Silver Medal Award for Memoirs
Not everything was idyllic during Pat Linder's years in Taiwan. For this savvy, globe-hopping Admiral's wife, her husband's posting to Taiwan in 1977 proved not to be for the faint of heart. Earthquakes, political upheaval and the language barrier made for a bumpy ride indeed. There are undercurrents of trouble throughout, from the mysterious phone call advising her to unpack before she ever leaves the U.S., to the daunting number of armed guards around their Taiwan residence, to a rare eye disease that increasingly obscures her vision. And she is scathing in her comments about the cruel practice of foot-binding, designed to keep women from running away from their husbands.
Yet the memoir also contains moments of sheer hilarity, as when Pat makes her first attempt at using chopsticks at an official function, or when - desperate to get her air conditioning fixed - Pat speaks into one of the bugged ceiling fans in her home.
Readers will be amazed to learn how, in 1933, the most valuable pieces from a Beijing art museum were packed into crates and then carried on the backs of peasants for 16 years, lest Japanese or Communist Chinese forces find and destroy them.
When the U.S. government breaks off diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1978, Pat's sympathies are obviously with the Taiwanese people, whom she has come to admire and love.
Since the Admiral shared only unclassified information with his wife, readers will get little in-depth discussion of actual political events. But Pat writes with warmth, humor and passion that is quite engaging.