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Monday, March 12, 2012

Letters in the Jade Dragon Box

Letters in the Jade Dragon Box: A Historical NovelLetters in the Jade Dragon Box: A Historical Novel by Gale Sears

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


This was an interesting and moving story, although slow, that tells about life in China and Hong Kong during the reign of Mao Tse-tung. It follows Chen Wen-shan, a teenager who was sent to Hong Kong when she was five. She has suppressed the memories of her first few years, but learns about her past by reading letters from her mother that were smuggled out of China.

I had no idea about the oppression caused by Mao Tse-tung. Such a sad time in history, and it wasn't all that long ago.