14 September 2007
While I was up north, Grandma B lent me a couple of books. I just finished reading Falling Leaves, by Adeline Yen Mah. I found it interesting and informative. Mah's writing style isn't anything special, but she did give a lot of information about the cultural and political climate over the last century in China. The book is a memoir, and tells about her childhood and life up until the death of her parents. The family is extremely dysfunctional, and the way they treat each other is just appalling. Reading the book made me grateful for my family. It put our trivial problems into a whole new light.
There were a few points where I felt that Mah was taking the victim mentality, but for the most part, she did share facts that told her story rather than paint her family in a bad color. If you are interested in Chinese culture, have a blended family, or are a nurse, you might enjoy this book. But if you're looking for a book to cheer you up, keep looking.
PS Thanks Amazon for the picture.