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This book makes me want to stop reading fiction.
on October 19, 2010
I was flipping through the radio one day when I heard a review of this book on Public Radio. The concept behind this book sounded compelling. As I read this book I could relate to it having been to Shanghai, having camped on Angel Island just north of Alcatraz, and having roamed around the old Chinese area of LA. This book was peppered with historical details, but seemed fairly devoid of too much cultural imagery. But all the historical details couldn't save this from the overly sensationalized soap opera the author decided to turn this into. I was hoping for adjectives but instead got verbs. Every time I see this book at a book store I feel cheated. So unrealistic. So dramatized. I wanted a slightly authentic Chinese immigrant experience, but instead it was a Hollywood action movie. Hey! I would just go to the movies instead of reading books if I wanted some hokey emotional experience. The ending left it self open for a sequel but I'll stay as far away from this pulp as possible.