but i finally got through this book, which i would recommend to anyone who has an interest in China between 1920- 1948. it is the story or memoir of the wife of poet Hsu Chih-mo (there are two dots above the "u", which i don't know how to do with my laptop), Chang Yu-i, as she tells a story through her grand niece, a second generation american chinese, the struggles of becoming an independent minded woman in a very rapidly changing chinese culture. Yu-i and Hsu were also known to be the first couple to divorce..........
divorce, though interesting, was not the highlight of her life.
merely telling of her story now through her grandniece of the turbulent changing times she wake-rode into her town in china, was the real highlight. at last she could "say" (not being able to speak her true feelings her whole life) what really happened.
her, grandniece in reporting the story questions her own role as a young marrying aged chinese woman, even a modern, harvard student, american chinese in new york.
i am now pondering a new book to read - maybe "darkmans" by english author, nicola barker - i think it might a bit difficult to get through at my read-speed as it is 838 pages and has a troubling reputation of being a "nimble word-play" of a book.
everything takes place in ashford, kent, england. all 838 pages.
- luckily i have been there (in person) at least.
we shall see.