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Posted December 2, 2012
A girl named Faithful Plum Richard Bernstein was able to tell me
A girl named Faithful Plum
Richard Bernstein was able to tell me story of Zhongmei in a way that I really enjoyed what I was reading. It was interesting to get a look into a lifestyle completely different than my own. It was hard to believe that a girl who was just a couple years younger than me, was able to make a life-changing decision to pursue her dream of becoming an elite dancer in a country where opportunities are rare.
It’s hard to comprehend that when a family like the Li family is so poor they can actually give away their child to a couple or family, like the Wong family, who could provide for them in a better way. Zhongmei’s struggle with eating was another interesting point that can be impossible for many young girls to overcome.
I believe that her travels from the poor farm lifestyle to an overcrowded city like Beijing was very similar to her journey from an innocent young girl to a woman who is now the most famous dancer in Beijing. She had the raw talent necessary for the dance company director to help mold her into a world-class dancer through hard and even sometimes cruel methods.
All in all it was one of the only books that I truly enjoyed. I would strongly encourage anybody, boy or girl, to give this book a chance.
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Posted January 13, 2012