Sure, she had a crap childhood. This is a story of premeditated cruelty to a family member. I didn't like how Adeline made herself out to be this perfect little angel who gave to everyone and just kept getting shit on. Adeline's innocent and understandably bewildered blundering through her early life is bad enough, but the story gets even more twisted as it goes along. A story of greed, hatred and jealousy; a domestic drama is played against the extraordinary political events in China and Hong Kong.
As a side note: While this certainly wasn't the most amazing book I've ever read, I'm a little concerned at some of the reviews that depict the author as whiny and spoiled for wanting tram fare to go the mile and a half to school. Set amidst the political upheaval of a turbulent century, Falling Leaves is an enthralling saga of a prosperous Chinese family that spans this century and that reveals the effects of communism and capitalism on a family caught between East and West. She grew up as a miserable rich girl in Hong Kong. But her story is really about yearning for love and acceptance in an extremely difficult family and ultimately the will to survive and triumph. Seller Inventory V9780141047089 Book Description 2010.
I couldn't tell the how writers feelings reflected her abuse, or if it was just a random journal. She was born in 1937 and her mother died when she was born, and her new mother was Eurasian who brought her own children into the marriage. The piece was then developed for the Welsh Independent Dance 'Dance Bytes' tour in 2004. It wasn't until I talked with a friend from another culture that I came to better understand that the child born to a mother who dies in childbirth is considered evil and consequently, certainly unwanted. And the third was that it would be a road movie. This was one of em for me. The book was published in the height of the Chinese-mania in America.
Her life story is heartbreaking at times and the history of Shanghai, Tianjin and Hong Kong were brought to life to me through her story. She mentions how patients don't know the cost of services, as if this is a good thing since she can keep getting paid more. Interesting descriptions of the culture so few westerners know anything about. I got pretty bored at the beginning so I strongly recommend readers to read this book before the other. The first half of the book discuesses how Adeline was teased by her siblings because after few days of her birth, her mother pass away.
Had she not escaped to America, where she experienced a fulfilling medical career and a happy marriage, her story would be unbearable; instead, it's grimly fascinating: Falling Leaves is an Asian Mommie Dearest. The first half of the book discuesses how Adeline was teased by her siblings because after few days of her birth, her mother pass away. She struggled to be loved by the family but was treated cruelly. Poignant proof of the human will to endure' Amy Tan Adeline Yen Mah's childhood in China during the civil. I feel that anyone that reads this book can a learn a lesson about adversity and feel inspired to accomplish their desires. Written with the emotional force of a novel but with a vividness drawn from a personal and political background. This is the summary of what I think: The good: - her style of peppering the story with chinese proverbs characters, pronunciation, translation ; - interesting peek of Shanghai in its glory straight from the person who lived that kind of life; and - engaging story-telling.
For that, I give her pity. No matter what else people may steal from you, they will never be able to take away your knowledge. Whatever it is, it defines her. I just have to laugh. However, most of the time she's holding back too much to get below the surface. Those who dare to protest are disowned and disinherited.
That question isn't answered in this book. I can't claim to understand, let alone sympathize, with either viewpoint on principle. This Mommy Dearest beats her own baby daughter, and Adeline, a plucky first grader, is the only person to object. In Chinese culture, where people are ranked by sex, social status, and order of birth, the main character finds herself on the bottom of every measuring stick. The man who tried to carry the corpse back to its home village was found by the police very early on, and they forced him to cremate the body and carry back the ashes instead. It didn't get better for Adeline and she did not find love with either her dad or stepmother or with any of her 6 brothers and sisters. Only rarely does she offer a glimpse into her sex's historical plight, even though abortion, infanticide and abandonment of female children occur routinely in Chinese culture even now.
Falling Leaves is the adult version of the novel, and gives you an in depth explanation of everything. Her step mother didn't like her. I cannot believe that this family would be a template for most Chinese families, even older and wealthy ones. No wonder her brother James doesn't speak to her anymore. So I review it through two different lenses. My heart ached for Adeline at the numerous injustices imposed on her by her cruel stepmother. As a book, it is okay.
A majority of the book was insignificant and I didn't really understand why I was reading this book. Never write a memoir to get revenge and this seems like this was exactly what it was, revenge. Her insights and successes, against all odds, are a fascinating part of this book. Especially since Adeline, Jun-ling, had no idea what it was she had even done. They're biased against it because they say there's too much tiresome summary: this happened, and then this happened, and so on. The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese DaughterThe story of an unwanted Chinese daughter growing up during the Communist Revolution, blamed for her mother's death, ignored by her millionaire father and unwanted by her Eurasian step mother.