Ginger Tree

Ginger Tree

by Oswald Wynd
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Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd

In 1903, a young Scotswoman named Mary Mackenzie sets sail for China to marry her betrothed, a military attaché in Peking. But soon after her arrival, Mary falls into an adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman, scandalizing the British community. Casting her out of the European community, her compatriots tear her away from her small daughter. A woman abandoned and alone, Mary learns to survive over forty tumultuous years in Asia, including two world wars and the cataclysmic Tokyo earthquake of 1923.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060959678
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Series: Perennial Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 192,681
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Oswald Wynd (1913-1998) was born in Tokyo to Scottish missionaries and spent his formative years in Japan. He attended the University of Edinburgh and joined the Scots Guards in 1939. During World War II, Wynd spent three years as a Japanese prisoner of war; it was at this time that he began to write seriously. He is the author of many novels including The Blazing Air and Death the Red Flower. Under the pseudonym Gavin Black, Wynd wrote many well-received thrillers. He died in Scotland.

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Ginger Tree 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is a good read. On-line paperback purchase comes in poor condition. Prefer in-store purchase to see book condition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came on to replace my copy of this book, which I have kept in my permanent library since I first read it some years ago. It is simply my favorite book. I wanted to loan it to someone and it has once again wandered to someone else's bookshelf. Alas, I must reorder! In addition to sweeping historical context, you simply will not believe that this fully developed and nuanced female protagonist was written by a man. The other characters are equally complex in their motivations.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was a teenager about fifteen years ago and this book still stands out in my memory as a great novel. It was spellbinding I want to read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Historically and romantically absorbing, just plain delightful. Loved everything about it. Having been to Scotland, Japan and China, found the authors travels very interesting and insightful regarding the differences in cultures. Mary was a very unusual women for her time, I think. Really marched to her own drum, once she got going.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has everything, forbidden romance, mystery, a sweeping panorama of history, exotic backgrounds, a strong female protagonist, and good sex. It also happens to be very factual as well as being well-written. I've read it and re-read it and enjoyed it immensely every time. Especially if you are interested in Japan, Japanese culture, or 20th century Japanese history, I strongly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book touched my heart. What a love story! I couldn't put it down once I started reading it even though the storyline got off to a slow start. It spanned a lifetime and I aged - and matured - with the heroine through the stages of her life.