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Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and Their Journey from East to West

August 15, 2008

Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and Their Journey from East to West
Helen Tse
Thomas Dunne Books, 2008
288 pages
Non-fiction, Memoir
I swapped this book with fellow blogger Elizabeth at As usual, I need more bookshelves

This was a timely read with the 29th summer Olympic games currently being held in China. And, of course, the attraction for me was the culture. While I found the family’s history, especially the strong, determined women, and cultural background interesting, and at times, distressing I can’t say I’m raving about this book though I did enjoy it. I don’t feel the author’s writing style really does justice to the circumstances that this family, and these women, were subjected to. I guess what I’m trying to convey is the story was “there” but not much more than that. I didn’t really feel drawn into and absorbed by their story. I felt more that I was viewing it as one would walking through a museum and reading the posted information with the associated display. The writing could have used a bit more color maybe? Dramatic wording? For me it fell flat, lacked a certain high interest level.

While not one of my top recommendations for this year if you’re interested in this country’s culture than by all means read this book.

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