Dopo una giovinezza felice nella rutilante Shangai degli anni Trenta, Pearl e May ? sorelle legate da un grande amore e da una acerrima rivalità ? sono costrette a partire alla volta di Los Angeles per raggiungere i loro futuri mariti, a cui il padre le ha vendute per riparare ai debiti contratti. Le attendono difficoltà, drammi e disavventure di ogni tipo, sia nel viaggio da Shangai a Hong Kong, durante il quale vengono catturate e violentate dagli invasori giapponesi, sia al loro approdo in America, ad Angel's Island, dove vengono detenute, interrogate e umiliate per mesi prima di ricevere il visto di ingresso. Ma anche le loro vite nella Chinatown della capitale californiana non si riveleranno più facili ? sospese come sono tra la ricerca di una nuova felicità e i legami con le tradizioni ? e le storie delle due sorelle, unite indissolubilmente da un segreto che risale al viaggio che le ha portate nella loro nuova terra, continueranno a intrecciarsi inestricabilmente tra di loro e con la grande Storia.
"Solo i grandi scrittori come Lisa See sono in grado di dar vita non solo a un personaggio, ma a un mondo intero, a una realtà così distante dalla nostra, oltretutto."
Arthur Golden, autore di Memorie di una Geisha
- ISBN: 8830427071
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 386
I'm re-rating this book up to 4 stars, but with the contingency that it must be read with Dreams of Joy. When read in conjunction with the second book, this book is excellent - really emotionally powerful. Without the second book, you'll be horribly disappointed with the the last 20 pages - and wish Leggi tutto
Lisa’s See’s new novel, Shanghai Girls, provides a rich experience for its readers – taking them from the splendor, highlife, glamour and poverty of 1937 Shanghai to the struggles of Chinese immigrants to survive a virtual internment on Angel Island, off the coast of San Francisco, to the almost imp Leggi tutto
3.5 STARS OMG! These girls dad sucks! This reminds me of one of her other books with the father! *****TRIGGER WARNING: GANG RAPE & BEATING OF AN OLD WOMAN AND HER TEENAGE DAUGHTER***** *****SPOILERS***** I liked the story, it did kind of remind me of Snow Flower And The Secret Fan in ways, but I liked t Leggi tutto
This book was very disappointing. I went into it eager to learn about this point in history and this should have been a good book considering the premise of the story. I think it started out well and the family and events in China held my interest and seemed well-defined. Still, the tragedies never
I can't believe I didn't write a review on this Lisa See book. This is one of my favorite historical books she wrote. There is a fascinating story in here that many people know very little about! The plot revolves around two sisters -their privilege life breaks down - 1930's Shanghai - Their father
This was the third book I've read by this author and I'm still confused as to my feelings for her writing. The first book I read, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan , I loved. I think it was all the descriptions and information about the cultural nuances, including foot binding. Then, I was excited to re Leggi tutto
I really disliked this book and I'm extra disappoined about it because I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan so much! It starts out OK with the depiction of Shanghai but never did anything to make me feel a connection to the characters. Pearl is just pure, unadulterated grouch, and May is a completl Leggi tutto
I fell in love with Lisa See's writing a few years ago when I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan . As such, I was really looking forward to reading Shanghai Girls when it came out. Initially though, people began saying that it did not compare. So it was with trepidation that I began reading this boo Leggi tutto
I really enjoyed this peek into Chinese culture and history. For Ed's peace of mind, there are a few instances of tragedy porn a la Kite Runner, but I found this book rather more enjoyable. It covers Pearl and May's lives growing up in Shanghai, where they don't have to worry about much until their
Historical fiction beginning in 1937 in Shanghai, China. Two sisters are uprooted from their carefree lives when their father loses the family’s wealth to gambling debts. He arranges their marriages, much to their dismay, which starts a harrowing journey that ends in Chinatown near Hollywood, Califo Leggi tutto
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