I listened to the audio version over 2 years ago. Anyone who enjoyed Memiors of a Geisha would probably enjoy this book. I like the rich culture, though harsh at times. This is a book I would enjoy re-reading. I thought is was very well written, and the narration well done.
Ok, might think about it as a book club bk
The story was slow in the beginning and all along you kind of see what is going to happen. None the less, I enjoyed the story and the cultural elements of this book.
I enjoyed learning about a culture I had never heard of and about the finer points of tea processing. There were some fairy tale aspects to the plot. Especially the marriage to the wealthy and inexplicably available recycling tycoon. The cancer cure revealed near the end is also a stretch of the reader's credulity. The coming of age themes for both mother and daughter are the best part of the story. Both women had to overcome great obstacles and learn to rely on themselves. Obstacles of poverty and ignorance contrasted nicely with the barriers set up by privilege and affluence. We knew they would find each other in the end and it was nicely done, despite the predictability.
This book is now part of my top 10. I loved the ending!
Good Historical Fiction, well written, but too drastic a swing from poor to rich, a modest amount of success would have been more believable. Nothing surprising about the plot but I was surprised that her childhood took place in the 1990s, I would have thought more like the 1890s. This area of western China is portrayed as very isolated and behind the times to the rest of the country. That changed. I liked the parallel inserts about the adopted daughters life growing up in America. I give it 4 stars.
Excellent read, compelling story. I never lost interest and dove into a world I know nothing about. I gave it four stars because I'm picky about giving out five stars, LOL. Worth your time to read.
Good book enjoyed learning about tea also learned about the customs still being observed in laor thialand in 1990's twins being killed one child per family etc.
Initially, I really liked this book. But, by halfway through, I was skimming page after page. Overall, I feel like I wasted hours of my life reading it. I wouldn’t recommend it. Predictable.
I haven't read a book that touched my heart like this one did in a while. I found myself completely lost in Li-yan's transformative journey from a naive young girl into her own womanhood. As a young woman who has made mistakes and is doubtful about the future, this was such an inspiring read. I also thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Akha culture and Pu'er tea growing!
mckenzieseaux thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over
“No coincidence, no story.” - p. 3
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