I think I will read the book. I loved the story, wanted to finish it, but just could not take the reader. Every line sounded like a newscast or an announcement
A rich and beautiful book about a marriage, motherhood, and friendship. While the story takes place years ago, there is still so much to relate to today. Not a happy story, but a realistic one. I still am surprised this was written by a man.. his perspective is amazing.The reader was fantastic.
I liked reading about the great leap forward. While some of the book was a bit preposterous: why would a 19 year old going to University of Chicago leave home with a few day's notice to go live in China? And then ( spoiler alert) marry an illiterate man? Still, I found the book interesting enough to listen to the whole thing, , and learned a lot.
I usually quit a book when I don't like the reader. But story was good enough to force me to listen to a whiny reader who sounded like she was going to burst out crying every sentence. I don't recall being so bothered by this in Shanghai Girls, but in this book, it drove both me and my sister nuts! I won't listen to this reader again.
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