Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves

The True Story of An Unwanted Chinese Daughter

Paperback - 1997
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Her grand aunt formed the Shanghai Women's Bank. Her father was known as the miracle boy with the power of turning iron into gold. Yet in this affluent Chinese family the fifth child and youngest daughter, Adeline, suffered appalling emotional abuse. Set against the background of changing political times and the collision of East and West, Falling Leaves describes how, despite the legacy of her painful childhood, Adeline Yen Mah survived to make a successful career. Told with all the suspense and emotional force of a novel, this true story is moving in its eloquent simplicity and, through the dignity of its indomitable protagonist, finally uplifting.
Publisher: London, England ; Penguin Books, c1997.
ISBN: 9780140265989
0140265988
Characteristics: ix, 278 pages ;,20 cm.

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LindaTCL
May 28, 2019

I have always loved learning about the culture of China. I made myself plow through the first 40 or so pages, to understand the background of the characters. I understand why this book was very therapeutic for the author to pen, and later discuss. I hope that China is more civilized now, with child protection agencies for both genders!!! When the book got to the part about the vicious dog, his owner, and the main character's beloved baby duck, I knew what was coming, and stopped reading. I jumped to the last 20 (?) pages to see how this real life situation turned out.

I commend the author for her self-control and even, compassion later in life, towards her step-mother (worse than any of Disney's wicked stepmothers!). I am sorry that she did not seek revenge later.

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vv9
Jul 04, 2015

I definitely learned about Communist China. I also learned that my culture is so different from the author's that it becomes tedious to read about a successful physician who remains sickeningly loyal to a family that detests and abuses her. The concept of "disowning" a family member is foreign, AND the obsession with wills and inheritances.
I don't get it.

awesomeness1301 Apr 12, 2013

I luvvvvv this book... it makes me feel sad though

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umarjan
Aug 07, 2012

its chinese

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Misha Jan
Aug 01, 2012

i don't like this book at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lokiboo262 Jun 11, 2012

this book further delves into another story that is of ms. Yen Mah- Chinese Cinderella.
I enjoyed this book as much I did Chinese Cinderella and hope that everyone has the fortune read such a wonderful book

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Sep 18, 2019

navy_cat_1052 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

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vividlyye
Nov 20, 2015

vividlyye thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Aug 07, 2012

umarjan thinks this title is suitable for 99 years and over

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Aug 01, 2012

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Misha Jan
Aug 01, 2012

a wierd boik

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Misha Jan
Aug 01, 2012

Other: the worst book and old people like!

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lokiboo262 Jun 11, 2012

"suan le"
let it be- James Yen

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