• Title: Good Children of the Flower
  • Author: Hong Ying Nick Brown Shelly Bryant Gary Xu
  • ISBN: 9781503937185
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • Good Children of the Flower Decades after successful Chinese writer Hong Ying escaped the slums of her childhood she discovers that time and distance cannot protect her from the past When word of her mother s imminent death rea
    Decades after successful Chinese writer Hong Ying escaped the slums of her childhood, she discovers that time and distance cannot protect her from the past.When word of her mother s imminent death reaches Hong Ying in London, she races home to Chongqing only to find she s too late While she tries to come to terms with her estranged mother s passing, she must navigate herDecades after successful Chinese writer Hong Ying escaped the slums of her childhood, she discovers that time and distance cannot protect her from the past.When word of her mother s imminent death reaches Hong Ying in London, she races home to Chongqing only to find she s too late While she tries to come to terms with her estranged mother s passing, she must navigate her family s delicate social structure and their long held silence Soon Hong Ying starts to ask unwelcome questions, and as old secrets are exposed, she must face not only what is revealed but also her own choices in love and marriage during the many years of her absence.In this bittersweet memoir, internationally bestselling author Hong Ying explores trauma, forgiveness, and truth and attempts to reconcile her painful memories with the beautiful life she hopes to create.

    One Reply to “Good Children of the Flower”

    1. First of all - I got this book on Netgalley in enchange to my honest review.So on with the review. I always enjoy reading memoirs, and I've read quite a few that are about China. What always surprises me though, is the way people in China are portrayed. If this was just one book, I would think - yes, the author must be biased, maybe they're making it up, maybe they're painting it too strong. But two, three books? Two, three books - and I'm scared of China. Not even the regime - I'm scared of the [...]

    2. This is such a breathless book. Everything is overwrought and dramatic and high-octane. People seem to shout at each other all the time, make accusations, bring up long-buried resentments, react out of proportion – and it all became very tedious. Hong Ying is a successful writer who managed to escape her Chinese upbringing and move to the west but rushes back home when her mother is dying. This death causes her to look back on events in her own and her family’s past, but the memoir is writte [...]

    3. Review excepted from the longer version on my blog: I was hoping to be able to add another book to my “books about China written by Chinese people” list. Unfortunately, this book was a complete dud. I’m a little leery of speaking about the use of language in Good Children of the Flower because I recognize that I read it in translation [but] I find it extremely hard to believe that such a critically-acclaimed author would turn out such underwhelming prose and overwrought narrative structure [...]

    4. This was a gentle story about a woman returning to China for her mother's funeral and the family drama that can surround such an occasion. "Little Six," as she is called, connects with family members and relatives and friends over the course of the 3 days of the funeral and learns more about her mother's past. As the outcast of the family (she is illegitimate), it seems she is the last to know much of that past. While an entertaining read, the pace of the narrative did slow somewhat. There was j [...]

    5. Chinese culture and norms have gone through a lot in the last 100 years. My younger son has studied facets of that culture for 15 years or more as a cultural anthropologist living and working in Beijing and I've learned some from him. The family expectations, the spiritual beliefs and practices, the local community networks and relationships, and the overarching political structure all make for very different social ways than what most Westerners are used to. China is an ethnically diverse natio [...]

    6. Usando la morte e il funerale tradizionale cinese della madre come filo conduttore, Hong Ying percorre avanti e indietro la storia recente della Cina, parlando della Rivoluzione Culturale, delle Guardie Rosse, dei vari andirivieni "rivoluzionari" che, nel tentativo di modernizzare la nazione, l'hanno per molti versi e per certi periodi precipitata in una specie di macelleria e di tutti contro tutti. Attraverso questi eventi si snoda la storia della madre, donna per molti versi fuori dagli schemi [...]

    7. "Good Children of the Flower" is at the same time a sequel and a prequel to "Daughter of the River", Hong Ying's autobiography dealing with her Childhood as an illegitimate child in a poor Chongqing family in times of tumult. It is a sequel, as the book published in 2016, is set around the death of her mother in 2006, dealing with a lot of what the author experienced after her Childhood. At the same time, it is a prequel, as it explores the life of Hong Ying's mother prior to the birth of the au [...]

    8. Sadly, this book needed a good scrub by an editor before it was published because there's a good story buried somewhere in here. Try this if you are interested in books about 20th century China but beware that it's not a clear narrative. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I'd like to read something else by Hong Ying.

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