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Shanghai Girls pdf Shanghai Girls, ebook Shanghai Girls, epub Shanghai Girls, doc Shanghai Girls, e-pub Shanghai Girls, Shanghai Girls f7b5da63624 Pearl And May Are Sisters, Living Carefree Lives In Shanghai, The Paris Of Asia But When Japanese Bombs Fall On Their Beloved City, They Set Out On The Journey Of A Lifetime, One That Will Take Them Through The Chinese Countryside, In And Out Of The Clutch Of Brutal Soldiers, And Across The Pacific To The Shores Of AmericaIn , Shanghai Is The Paris Of Asia, A City Of Great Wealth And Glamour, The Home Of Millionaires And Beggars, Gangsters And Gamblers, Patriots And Revolutionaries, Artists And Warlords Thanks To The Financial Security And Material Comforts Provided By Their Father S Prosperous Rickshaw Business, Twenty One Year Old Pearl Chin And Her Younger Sister, May, Are Having The Time Of Their Lives Though Both Sisters Wave Off Authority And Tradition, They Couldn T Be Different Pearl Is A Dragon Sign, Strong And Stubborn, While May Is A True Sheep, Adorable And Placid Both Are Beautiful, Modern, And Carefree Until The Day Their Father Tells Them That He Has Gambled Away Their Wealth And That In Order To Repay His Debts He Must Sell The Girls As Wives To Suitors Who Have Traveled From California To Find Chinese Brides As Japanese Bombs Fall On Their Beloved City, Pearl And May Set Out On The Journey Of A Lifetime, One That Will Take Them Through The Chinese Countryside, In And Out Of The Clutch Of Brutal Soldiers, And Across The Pacific To The Shores Of America In Los Angeles They Begin A Fresh Chapter, Trying To Find Love With The Strangers They Have Married, Brushing Against The Seduction Of Hollywood, And Striving To Embrace American Life Even As They Fight Against Discrimination, Brave Communist Witch Hunts, And Find Themselves Hemmed In By Chinatown S Old Ways And Rules


10 thoughts on “Shanghai Girls

  1. says:

    I m re rating this book up to 4 stars, but with the contingency that it must be read with Dreams of Joy When read in conjunction with the second book, this book is excellent really emotionally powerful Without the second book, you ll be horribly disappointed with the the last 20 pages and wishing for 350 my original review is still below Re reading 5 2011 in prep for the second book Dreams of Joy In retrospect, my review is fairly prophetic I m so glad there s to the story Lisa See s new book which I ve been waiting for since her website mentioned that it was coming out months ago does what she does best writing about the relationships of people and the ups and downs of life long relationships Whether it s best friends lao tong Snow Flower and the Secret Fan , husbands and wives the Red Princess mystery series , a teenager s relationship with her parents Peony in Love , Lisa has a rare ability to wrench your heart with the unbelievably powerful feelings that these relationships evoke in our lives.She certainly did this in Shanghai Girls this time with sisters who grew up in modern pre WWII Shanghai, and who because of the war are forced to make huge changes in their lives for which they are entirely unprepared.We read this story through the eyes of Pearl, the older, smarter, less attractive sister, and how she goes through her days protecting her sister, and trying to harness the sibling rivalry that always exists between them The tension slowly grows and grows throughout the book, until the end, where if you know Lisa See books, then you know what s coming.The reason that I gave this book three stars is because I felt that after the explosion of emotions, there was no resolution It was too abrupt of an ending, and I felt like the characters were lost to me before it was time for them to go I understand why Lisa ended the book where she did chronologically it would have required some serious additional writing, and I bet the publishers wouldn t have allowed an 800 pg book but I wish that they had Where is my coda I will read it again, and enjoy it from the perspective of one who knows what s coming, but I can t say that it s my favorite Lisa See novel.


  2. says:

    Lisa s See s new novel, Shanghai Girls, provides a rich experience for its readers taking them from the splendor, highlife, glamour and poverty of 1937 Shanghai to the struggles of Chinese immigrants to survive a virtual internment on Angel Island, off the coast of San Francisco, to the almost impossible challenges of trying to build a life in Los Angeles Chinatown in the context of an America that does not want them and treats them cruelly.But despite its rich background, Shanghai Girls is ultimately the story of two sisters Pearl and May who desperately strive to help each other survive and at the same time replay in their minds and actions old rivalries, jealousies, and hurts The summary of the book on See s web site puts it well They love each other but they also know exactly where to drive the knife to hurt the other sister the most This is most dramatically shown in the novel s climax.Pearl, speaking in first person, is the narrator, taking us from 1937 to 1957 This time period matches Parts IV and V of See s On Gold Mountain The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese American Family The perspectives are different, however In the memoir See is scrupulously objective in treatment family members, herself, and issues very close to her Pearl lets us experience some of the same American experiences but from a different perspective and from the inside.Late in the novel, Pearl reflects We re told that men are strong and brave, but I think women know how to endure, accept defeat, and bear physical and mental agony much better than men This is certainly true of Pearl herself.Growing up in Shanghai, the Paris of Asia, Pearl and her sister May live lives of privilege Being a Dragon, Pearl is seen by her parents as a fiery, strong daughter who can take care of her self absorbed Sheep sister By the time she is 21, Pearl and May enjoy the status of being Beautiful Girls, Pearl rather insensitive to those who serve her and her wealthy family.But then Pearl s journey into suffering begins Her father loses his money in gambling debts and the sisters are forced into arranged marriages The Japanese attack China and Shanghai is attacked by air and the country invaded In the process Pearl and her mother are brutalized by Japanese soldiers and her mother is killed.Having lost everything, Pearl and May are forced to flee to America to find their husbands Surviving a grueling stay at Angel Island the Ellis Island of the West , Pearl can only hope that her husband Sam and his family will accept her since she is bringing with her a new born daughter named Joy.Much of Shanghai Girls centers on Pearl s attempt to adjust to life as a member of the Louie family While May seeks happiness outside the home in her new country, especially in terms of her many associations with the glitzy world of Hollywood, Pearl sees her life as unending drudgery as she is locked into a routine of cleaning and cooking, working in her father in law s various business enterprises, and caring for Joy In addition, she is largely responsible for caring for Vern, May s young and critically ill husband.Although her father in law gradually comes to include Pearl, May, and Joy as true members of his family, Pearl grows closer to her mother in law, and discovers that her lower class husband is indeed an Ox in the truest sense, deeply loving and caring for his family, her new Christian and much older Chinese values are tested by the terrors of the McCarthy era of anti communism accompanied by serious mistreatment of most Chinese people.At the end of the novel the two sisters directly confront each other at last, venting all the anger and hurt each has repressed previously Despite being very angry at May for what Pearl feels are very good reasons, May s attacks and self defense make her realize that she may have been mistaken in many of her core beliefs over the years.But finally it is Joy who saves Pearl When she reaches the point where she will give up everything for Joy, Pearl truly becomes her mother s daughter and in the process becomes the Dragon she was meant to be.


  3. says:

    3.5 STARSOMG These girls dad sucks This reminds me of one of her other books with the father TRIGGER WARNING GANG RAPE BEATING OF AN OLD WOMAN AND HER TEENAGE DAUGHTER SPOILERS I liked the story, it did kind of remind me of Snow Flower And The Secret Fan in ways, but I liked that book a lot better I can t put my finger on what I didn t love about this book, I guess it just seemed to drag a little bit for me I have to admit that I almost threw the book when I got to the rape part of the book I skimmed as much as I could because I don t read that kind of stuff Not word for word at any rate Pearl and May were having a good life being models until one day their father said he gambled all of his money away including the girls money he was keeping for them and that he sold them to the man he owed, Old Man Louie They were to marry his sons, Sam and Vern I slip down next to May I can t believe Mama is willing to ship us to America to cure my father s and her problems But then isn t that the kind of thing Chinese parents have done with worthless daughters for thousands of years abandoned them, sold them, used them Pearl and May decided not to go but then some goons were sent after them during the midst of a war going on with the Japanese Pearl and May promised they would go and they had a really hard time getting their tickets changed Lets just say that didn t work out One night their father didn t return home so their mother hired a boy to take them as far as he could Pearl, May and their mom ended up in who knows where and they were attacked Their mom told them to stay hidden in a room but Pearl came out when she realized their mom was being raped and beaten repeatedly by the Japanese They even unbound her feet her feet were done in the old tradition and stomped on them too I couldn t really read through much of this, Pearl was raped repeatedly as well When they were gone their mom dragged herself over to Pearl and held her and talked to her until Pearl passed out and her mom died Later, May came out and got a wheelbarrow and carried Pearl a great distance and got them on a boat She got Pearl to a hospital where they had to do several surgeries on Pearl and said she would never have kids I just have one thing to say about any kind of rapist Pearl and May finally make it to America to be with their husbands They had to stay where they were for some time until May had her baby Yes, she did the deed with someone and they passed it off as Pearl s baby Pearl named her Joy So the book goes on to tell of their lives in America There are so many revelations and a lot of sadness I felt so bad for these people So many that were involved in such atrocities But, anyway I have the sequel and it s about Joy I m hoping something wonderful happens with Joy in that book after all of the stuff she found out at the end of this book Something good has to come out of it all MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List


  4. says:

    I can t believe I didn t write a review on this Lisa See book This is one of my favorite historical books she wrote There is a fascinating story in here that many people know very little about The plot revolves around two sisters their privilege life breaks down 1930 s Shanghai Their father sell them to loveless marriages The history of horrific prejudice immigration coming to America was no joke.After I had read this not light and fluffy , a front page article in our local newspaper was a true story about an Asian man he was in his 90 s living in SF speaking for the very first time. when he came over to Angel Island Even though this booksI fiction there is a lot to learn about how it really was for Chinese immigrants during the mid 50 s and it s not a pretty picture We should have been deeply ashamed of ourselves Excellent novel.


  5. says:

    This book was very disappointing I went into it eager to learn about this point in history and this should have been a good book considering the premise of the story I think it started out well and the family and events in China held my interest and seemed well defined Still, the tragedies never felt that compelling, and even what should have outraged me when they arrived in the US, never had the impact they would have if better written I should have gotten angry, I should have cried, I should have felt for the characters The book evolved into a long narrative that just seemed to state dates and facts without any depth and then finally reveals what was the obvious plot point all along Did we ever know the Uncles Vern The girls friends Sam NO, only as Pearl and May see them, not a real people I would like to have read this story a good one written by a different author And I agree with the other reviewer who stated that the abrupt ending seems to just be setting up a sequel Think I ll pass on that if it does happen.


  6. says:

    I really disliked this book and I m extra disappoined about it because I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan so much It starts out OK with the depiction of Shanghai but never did anything to make me feel a connection to the characters Pearl is just pure, unadulterated grouch, and May is a completly selfish jerk or is she the last few pages make me wonder if she s fine but grouchy Pearl made me hate her Most of the book is just a boring list of things that happened We worked at China City We spoke Sze Yup Sam had iron fan Louie was mean We did the husband wife thing what a super annoying term and Vern had melting bone disease What was the deal with Vern anyway Was he retarded, autistic, Down s Syndrome, just sickly, what He had no purpose at all except for the stupid model boats at the end The only exciting thing was when May FINALLY yelled at Pearl and told her to stop being such an in sufferable bitch Not soon enough I can t believe that there is a sequel because I can t imagine that people want to spend time with these cardboard people.


  7. says:

    This was the third book I ve read by this author and I m still confused as to my feelings for her writing The first book I read, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, I loved I think it was all the descriptions and information about the cultural nuances, including foot binding Then, I was excited to read, Peony in Love, until I actually started it Then, I thought maybe this book would turn the tide either way Unfortunately, I m still ambivalent It was an interesting enough story two modern sisters escape the country into arranged marriages in the United States, but it lacked the interesting older cultural nuances that I so enjoy Plus, and please forgive me if you adore history, reading about war bores me Thank you to everyone who has served or is serving our country We would not have the freedoms we have now were it not for people giving their life, but reading a fictional account of any war is not something I normally enjoy I guess I will wait until this author writes something else and decide then if I m interested enough to read it If you like to read about Chinese culture, skip this one and Peony in Love and go straight to Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.


  8. says:

    I fell in love with Lisa See s writing a few years ago when I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan As such, I was really looking forward to reading Shanghai Girls when it came out Initially though, people began saying that it did not compare So it was with trepidation that I began reading this book, afraid that I would be disappointed THAT DID NOT HAPPEN All I can say is that Lisa See has another hit on her hands with this wonderful story of two sisters who emigrate from Shanghai to America around the time of the cultural revolution in China From the beginning of the book in Shanghai, through their journey out of China, to their stay on Angel Island, and finally their life in Southern California, I was captivated by Pearl and her sister May Two sisters could not be different, but attached than the two women in this book As usual, See has imbued this story with a wonderful cast of characters who surround the sisters and help tell the story of the bewilderment of the Chinese population after the 1937 invasion by Japan, the assimilation of the Chinese into American society in the 1940s and 50s, and finally, the mistrust, prejudice, and panic in the US towards Chinese Americans after the rise to power in China of Mao Tse Tung See is such a gifted storyteller, that you feel like you know the characters personally and the pages just fly by My only complaint was that the end of the story left so many loose ends In a way it was fitting, but at the same time there were many questions left unanswered I was, therefore, very excited to hear that Lisa See is planning to continue the story of Pearl, May, and Joy in another book.


  9. says:

    I m going to have to admit that I stayed up til all hours of the night to read this book But, that being said, I also have to say that in my opinion it s not a very good book at all The plot is rollicking the main characters, formerly wealthy girls in Shanghai, must escape both gangsters and the Japanese then they go to California to join the men they ve wed, first coping with a grueling and prolonged interrogation process on Angel Island get involved in the movie business and the tourist trade in L A s China City face questions about their immigration decades later, etc while also dealing with broken love affairs, sibling rivalry, rape, suicide, etc and also totally unbelievable You might say that Amy Tan puts her characters through as much drama, but somehow I find Tan convincing where See is altogether not As I was reading, I tried to put my finger on what was wrong For one thing, See s writing just isn t strong enough to convince me of the truth of her characters psychology One particularly exasperating sentence appears on p 104 I m May s jie jie, and I ve always thought we are as close as can be, but I ve been so concerned with my own miseries losing Z G., leaving home, being raped, almost dying, getting here that I haven t paid attention every time May has thrown up these past weeks and months What person who has lived through so much torture would simply list these traumas as Pearl does here Which brings me to my second and related point I just can t see any Chinese woman speaking as openly as Pearl does Her voice just doesn t feel Chinese to me, or at least not the way the voice of someone of her generation should feel, in my opinion She reveals the most private, painful kinds of events in a way that is too open, too unguarded, too lacking in subtlety What Chinese woman or any woman would speak this way Somehow writers like Amy Tan can pull it off Tan s language is strange, weird, and powerful enough to convey strange, weird, and powerful events , but in See s pedestrian, bland prose, this story is only soap opera and pop psychology A far better recent book about Chinese immigrant experience is Jen Sookfong Lee s The End of East.


  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this peek into Chinese culture and history For Ed s peace of mind, there are a few instances of tragedy porn a la Kite Runner, but I found this book rather enjoyable It covers Pearl and May s lives growing up in Shanghai, where they don t have to worry about much until their father basically sells them as wives for another man s sons in order to pay off his gambling debts Amid this, the second Sino Japanese War is going on, and it takes everything they have in order to get out of Shanghai En route to America, the girls are detained at the Angel Island immigration facility and then when WWII hits they have to face the racism and discrimination against all Asian races because Westerners mistake them for being Japanese Pearl raises a daughter and is torn between bringing her up in the traditional Chinese way or the modern American style Along the way, she and May share a tight and sometimes strained bond as they share life altering experiences Being sisters married to a pair of brothers, they all live in the same house and family on top of family isn t always the best situation Lisa See researched this excellently, and I learned so much from Chinese culture in general to the issues immigrants had to deal with it really parallels the problems Mexicans and Latinos are facing in America right now , and then tying it in with several big historical events The end was left wide open for the sequel, Dreams of Joy, which I m now dying for.


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