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Song of the Silk Road Paperback – April 1, 2011
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I am glad to say that my expectations were fully met. Indeed, I am now feeling the effects of staying up most of last night to finish it.
The heroine, Lily Lin, is living in New York and wondering where her life is going when the letter arrives. At a meeting with a stuffy lawyer she is told that an aunt, whom she had never known existed, has promised her a reward of 3 million dollars if she retraces the aunt's own exploits on the Silk Road.
Yip vividly conveys the sense of traveling along the Silk Road, one of the harshest environments on the planet. She crosses the Taklamakan desert -- the name means "Go in, won't come out" -- and ascents the high Mountains of Heaven.
There is also a love story that begins with Lily been seen by a young many while she bathes secretly in the pool of an ancient palace. Of course many obstacles arise for them. I will not say how this part ends.
There were many unexpected details that I enjoyed: Lily's friendship with a Chinese Muslim woman -- there are many in China but rarely written about -- Lily's "yin eye" -- the ability to see the spirts of the dead, the "upside-down hanging lotus position," what happens with her all-too-married boyfriend, and more that I will not reveal.Read more ›
After starting it, I was not readily invested in the character of Lily Lin. She seemed very shallow and self-centered and sometimes the dialogue seemed a little stilted. I think that Lily comes full circle though and even though the ending contained an unforeseen twist, it had a very satisfactory conclusion.
Yip has two previous novels out, Peach Blossom Pavilion and Petals from the Sky that I think I will adding to my TBR list.
I did wonder if the novel was translated from her original language, but I did not see that indicated anywhere.
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