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Posted February 28, 2012
Spring Moon is a thought provoking tale; filled with culture and history. The story begins in the late 1800’s and progresses through the years that follow, into the beginning stages of the Chinese Civil War. Spring Moon is a Chinese girl, born into wealth; initially care free and filled with life. Her life however, becomes filled with loss and hardship as life takes its toll, and forces that will push for the war begin to take effect. From reading this book, you will find that though ideologies and generations will clash, you can still care for another despite this. That even as we grow and abandon the views we once had on life, there is always a shred left that reflects who we truly are. The book itself is very detailed, and it is apparent that extensive research was put in to make it accurate. A wide range of thoughts and emotions are portrayed to further give the reader a further insight on how these troubled times were. It is easily to get attached to the main characters; being well written, and able to carry the story. Although these characters are likeable; the characters are also its downfall. An extremely large amount of characters are introduced; leaving no time for them to be further developed. Characters are introduced, and are often forgotten after a few pages. This naturally leaves a lot to be desired. Even many of the major characters are never truly developed; often making the reader feeling disconnected from the relationships between the characters. In a few places, feeling disconnected from the characters themselves. Despite these flaws, the story is still well told, and very interesting. This book is best suited for those deeply interested in history, or in Asian culture. Being especially rich on Chinese customs of the time. For readers that enjoy action-packed tales should stay away. Having a very slow pace, the reader will become bored at times; and may find themselves utterly bored. Those that enjoy this book are bound to like Bette Bao Lords other novels as well; such as Eight Moon and The Middle Heart. Both which deal with Chinese history, and the troubles during those times. Out of ten, this book receives a seven from this reviewer; for telling a great story, filled with history. But suffers from the lack of connections to be made with the characters. If you are a history buff, you will surely enjoy yourself reading this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2009
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Spring Moon is a captivating book that was hard to put down
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Spring Moon. The characters were varied and quite interesting showing the wealthy and poor side of Chinese life in the late 1800's. The author does a very good job in describing the beauty of the traditions of the Chinese while also debating the need for revolution. I am not very familiar with Chinese history, but the author was able to weave in the history very well (although I didn't understand all of the various factions). Overall Spring Moon was captivating and well-worth reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2000
Posted March 12, 2000
Love of Aisian Culture
I loved this book! I bought it to read for after a test, and I made the mistake of just reading the first few pages, and I couldn't stop. This is one of the BEST books that I have read!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2008
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