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Top Customer Reviews
As I read further, loosing myself within the richly enchantment of words, the notice of classic reads caught my interest. How many times I too could claim to the marvelous reads as to the likes of Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, Jane Austin, and so many more. Perhaps it was too early to say but my fondness for this charming read increased.
My time in life is so very different from Pearl. However, her forbidden desire is a moment I to shared briefly in my young life. As the words became more vivid in my mind's eye, I was taken back to a brief past.
"Mother, do you remember when I was really happy? That summer when I was with Pearl, I thought I was in heaven. Do you think I shall see her again, I mean in heaven? I would be happy there. I really miss her. I wonder what she's doing right now..." At this I am crying......
"Another Place Another Time".... Through this beautiful tale, I felt as if I grew right alongside Pearl. This story is so skillfully told that a reader has no choice but to feel as the character does. This is a must read and I would recommend it to all who wish to be taken to that most allusive space within the mind, where true beauty is sure to grow.
It was very interesting to learn about how Pearl and others lived, loved and learned in an all but secret time to the Western world. Pearl's childhood was hard but she always put education as a goal to strive for and better herself.
The Same Moon is a great look at her life and the incredible natural beauty of China. Junying Kirk puts you there seeing the wonders of the Middle Kingdom.
Pearl moves to the United Kingdom to continue her education and the adventure continues. Here the western reader gets a look at our world through the eyes of a beautiful Asian woman. It becomes a travelogue of sorts as Pearl visit many places in the UK and Europe. Her excitement spills over to the reader. She also faces the harsh reality of living on her own and making do with very little money due to her efforts to obtain a higher degree.
I found The Same Moon to be a good read and well edited. I did not like the formatting with its website style paragraphs that are space with no indents.
I recommend this book by Junying Kirk.
I'll start by mentioning the fact that I've worked on this book. Ahhh, you might say; she's biased. Not in the least. I'm nothing if not honest, and won't wax lyrical about a book I didn't enjoy. Had that been the case, this review would not be here - at all. My thoughts, views or comments hereof have not been influenced in any manner, shape or form. Just because I work on a book, does not mean I will like it (the story, characters and so on), and I won't force myself to like a book either to please an author. I've never done that, and I won't ever do it. Those who know me, know this to be fact.
I'm actually working backwards here, as I've read the third book in this trilogy first, 'Land of Hope', which I absolutely loved. So, I wondered how I'd feel about starting with the first. I'm very pedantic in the sense that if I read a series, I won't start with anything but the first book. This time, because of being part of and hosting a blog tour for Junying Kirk, the third it was.
Although I believe each one can be read as a stand-alone, by reading the first one now has enlightened me further as to how, precisely, Pearl Zhang's life started out. Pearl grew up during Chairman Mao's cultural revolution, and what a time this was. What makes Ms. Kirk's books special is the fact that the she has first hand knowledge, and experience, in regards to what she's writing about. It completely comes across, so much so, I felt like I'd been sent back in time to a country I've never visited mind you - China - and learnt an insurmountable amount of knowledge regarding its people, way of life and culture. To say I wasn't shocked with some poignant snippets, would be lying.Read more ›
Junying Kirk is a gifted writer whom I hope someday to meet personally.
The only parts that put a definite gulf between us were the few times that the writer felt it necessary to have Pearl bask in the "elite" aspects of her educational background. I myself have been far from being an "elite" in anything.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautifully-written book by a highly literate author who has a respect for the written word. Read morePublished on May 13, 2014 by Ms. Jess
'The Same Moon' chronicles the early life of Pearl Zhang whose childhood was spent in Sichuan during Mao's Great Leap Forward. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Diogenes
I have read only two books on Chinese culture, the first being an autobiography and this being a novel. This rings true to the autobiography in every way and then some. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Sandra Padgett
This book is full of chinese history and colour and truly shows an insight into how different the western lifestyle actually is in comparison. Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by kenyon15
The Same Moon is a novel in memoir form by my friend Junying Kirk. Made from a mix of fascinating details from daily struggle and the intense and poetic feelings of men and women... Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Matthew Posner
As a Canadian born Chinese, I didn't have the history of China as a foundation for reading this book, but growing up Chinese in a very traditional home, even in French-speaking... Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by eden
This book is written in a fictional memoir style, making it easier for me to become emotionally attached to the main character, Pearl. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by SinMacD
Ms. Junying Kirk has such passion for writing and it shows in her writing from "The Same Moon". The storyline and the characters she expressed in the book is reawakening. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Julie Posner
The Same Moon, by JUNYING KIRK, is an eye-opening and emotional read. The main character, Pearl,experiences many changes in her young life in post-revolution China. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by Gordon Mathieson
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