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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Having read and liked all previous books by Anchee Min, I was looking forward to her latest publication - and deeply disappointed.
Somehow I had expected more "Chinese content", but the book seems to mainly about how extremely hard her life was, the major part is set after her emigration to the US and there she had an extremely difficult life, too.
Of course her life really was very hard, in China and then in the US, too. But after a few chapters her way of dealing with other people and problems got on my nerves. Yes, she had very little money, yes, life and people can be extremely unfair. But she also made some extremely bad choices, often took her bad mood out on others and the way she treated her daughter left me speechless.
What could Anchee Min have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
She could have centred less on her heroic doings and the faults of others, written more about positive things, shown her life and achievements in a less negative light.
What about Angela Lin’s performance did you like?
Everything, she is a wonderful narrator.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Most certainly not, any other book by Anchee Min: yes.
Any additional comments?
On the one hand I can understand the author being bitter about many things in her life. On the other hand I had expected her to be more positive about the achievements she managed. Getting the visa to the US, coping without speaking English, having a wonderful daughter, good friends etc.
Even weeks after having finished the audio book I am still shocked by the negativity of the narration.
At last, a reader who can pronounce Chinese words correctly. It's a good story too.
Inspiring and touching story, beautifully written, and well-performed. Anchee Min transports you into her world and invites you to take a walk in her shoes and learn from her wealth of experiences. A very wise woman!!!