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Posted May 19, 2011
A disappointing 2.5 stars. I give it the nearly 3 stars based on research alone, however I was very disappointed with the organization, editing, and general misleading-ness (I know that's not a real word) but it fits) of the title and synopsis. From the title, we are led to believe that this will be a book about Polly Bemis, a Chinese immigrant sold into prostitution in the 1800s amidst the great gold rush in California. Unfortunately, we hear very little of Polly's story. Being misled by titles and book jackets are a major pet peeve of mine and often times my disappointment is hard to get past. Although the author does provide some interesting facts and insights into the plight of the Chinese during this time, the organization of his work falls short and is often repetitive. He does attempt to incorporate Polly's life into his research occassionall but it is really too far and few between other facts. Other parts seem unnecessary. It's as if he is trying to find any place to put every tidbit he's discovered in his research. Still, I wouldn't say it isn't an invaluable read based on the information alone, just not the best read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.