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Women of the Silk

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

An Exceptional Debut

This is a beautifully written novel set in a time and place that few Americans are well acquainted with. The 1920's and 30's were a time of tremendous social and political upheaval in China. This is a fictionalized account of the lives of young girls who were sent by ...
This is a beautifully written novel set in a time and place that few Americans are well acquainted with. The 1920's and 30's were a time of tremendous social and political upheaval in China. This is a fictionalized account of the lives of young girls who were sent by their families to work in silk factories.

The two central characters come from very different backgrounds. Pei comes from a poor and uneducated rural peasant family. Lin was born into a wealthy, cosmopolitan family; which has fallen onto hard times. The well drawn supporting characters are primarily their family members and fellow women of the silk.

The author has enriched the story with details of Chinese culture, geography, history and more. This serves to gently educate a western reader, without judgement or comparison. This first novel is a definite accomplishment.

posted by 1188281 on May 8, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Interesting and not Compelling Read

Learning, through this book, about working in the China Silk Factories during the 20's/30's was definitely worth my time. I also found the "Sisterhood" of these young women and the "Hair Dressing" ceremony to be very interesting. I didn't connect as closely with these...
Learning, through this book, about working in the China Silk Factories during the 20's/30's was definitely worth my time. I also found the "Sisterhood" of these young women and the "Hair Dressing" ceremony to be very interesting. I didn't connect as closely with these characters as I have with those in other books but Tsukiyama does have a really nice writing style that made this an enjoyable read.

posted by Fox-Run-Reader on July 6, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

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    An Exceptional Debut

    This is a beautifully written novel set in a time and place that few Americans are well acquainted with. The 1920's and 30's were a time of tremendous social and political upheaval in China. This is a fictionalized account of the lives of young girls who were sent by their families to work in silk factories.

    The two central characters come from very different backgrounds. Pei comes from a poor and uneducated rural peasant family. Lin was born into a wealthy, cosmopolitan family; which has fallen onto hard times. The well drawn supporting characters are primarily their family members and fellow women of the silk.

    The author has enriched the story with details of Chinese culture, geography, history and more. This serves to gently educate a western reader, without judgement or comparison. This first novel is a definite accomplishment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    This book is amazing

    This book is not only interesting and beautifully written, it is also just a wonderful story. The author has a talent with expressing the simplistic beauty of the japanese culture.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    xD!

    One of the best books I've read.
    Pei is one of the most courageous girls I've read about. :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Absolutely loved this book!

    A must read!

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

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    highly recommended

    Gail Tsukiyama's poetic prose makes this tale of a very politically challenging era of Chinese history a must read. She incorporates issues of separation, growth and lasting friendship into a credible yarn of women in the silk making industry. Not an action-packed thriller, but well worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2005

    Good Storytelling

    I enjoyed reading this book very much. The story flowed well throughtout the book. I enjoyed the story of Pei and the sisterhood. I can not wait to read more of her books, if this one is the example of how she writes. I guess the only thing I did not like was the small indication that they are gay. I thought that was not needed in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    Tsukiyama was subperb

    Women of the Silk is a beautifully written story of life in China at that period. She captures the visual essence of what life was at that time and at the same time illustrates the struggles in dealing with old world traditions, tragedies, and same sex love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    A Superb Story of Chinese History

    Tsukiyama tells a compelling story of life in China during that period. Through the eyes of several young women, the reader empathizes with their struggles of old world traditions sisterhood and same sex love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2003

    I loved this charming story

    it has been a sheer delight to read this sensitive story of life in China. It denotes such warmth and feelings of the people involved. It is not only enjoyable but explains a lot about Chinese history..great reading .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2002

    Highly Recommended

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the story, the characters and the way it was written. I felt that the book flowed nicely, and was easy to read. Right after I finished this book, I ran out and bought the sequel which I will start right away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2001

    A Wonderful Story

    I enjoyed reading 'Women of the Silk' very much. It was pleasurable and moving. Upon finishing this book, I immediately purchased the sequel, 'The Language of Threads', and was equally pleased. I enjoyed the characters and the flow of each book very much. I wish there was yet another containing the same characters!

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