This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. However, because of the cover picture I assumed it was about a nightclub performer and probably would not have read it if my daughter hadn't recommended it. I'm glad she did.
To me, the title, "Honolulu," is a bit misleading. As one reader suggested, "The Picture Brides" would be a more descriptive title. I loved reading about the courageous Korean picture brides and their part in Hawaiian history.
Ali Ahn's voice was so perfect I didn't let a few mispronunciations bother me.
I would highly recommend this book.
Many similarities to Downton Abby but not nearly as engaging. I stayed with it to the end but it was a plod. An abridgment would improve it considerably.
The friendly small Nebraska town. Amelia's selfish attitude.
Eliminate the long stretches of thoughts about self doubt and angst.
Someone with more expression and feeling in her voice.
Lisa See's memoir was interesting but with too many verbose, repetitious, boring stretches. Books about Chinese culture have always interested me but I had never heard of the lautong (sp) relationship between girls. It bothered me because it seemed to encourage lesbianism. I also didn't care for the narrator. The way she clipped words was unnatural and she made everything sound too melodramatic. If you want a good book about Chinese life, I would recommend one written by Pearl Buck.
Delightful! It made me want to be a member of the Guernsey Literary Society. The narration, with English accents, was excellent. It's a treat to find a good book that isn't about murder and mayhem.
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