In rereading the book, I realized I had remembered certain scenes accurately — and some that didn't exist at all ;-. In a new country, she is given the name Polly and eventually auctioned to a saloonkeeper. She was born in China but most of her family left for Honk Kong du Adeline Yen Mah gives you ancient Chinese proverbs and then relates them to Chinese history,specifically the beginnings of the first two emperors of China and then the establishment of the Han Dynasty. Taken in chains across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco, she's promptly auctioned off to a Chinese trader known as Jim Dennis Dun. It was heartbreaking as well. Have you seen Thousand Pieces of Gold? Though Jim apparently yearns to return Lalu's affection, he is weak in the face of what he perceives to be his duty: namely, the transportation of Lalu from San Francisco to the isolated mining town of Warren's Diggens, Idaho, where she is to work as a prostitute for Hong King Michael Paul Chan , the local would-be entrepreneur and saloon manager, the man who gave Jim the money to purchase a Chinese slave. She was sad that he was a pawn set up by her older sister and step mom.
Exploring the histor In this poignant memoir the New York Times bestselling author of Falling Leaves, Adeline Yen Mah, provides a fascinating window into the history and cultural soul of China. I liked it enough to give as a gift. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it tells the story of the indomitable human spirit that lives in some, but not all, of us. The stories matter less in the end then the history, and the history seems to matter more than the proverbs, and it only serves to make you wonder if Sima Qian pulled some of his penned phrases from The Odes or any of The Four Books. To me, this made the book more interesting and captivating. It was filmed in the old mining town of Butte, Montana. It is tasteful and sweet in its depiction of an interracial relationship which develops around an actual friendship and ensues into a genuine emotional bond in the midst of semi-racially intolerant environment.
Do not mistake T housand Pieces of Gold for a romantic story of love. A person's name is simply a label, but is it capable of affecting one's character? She lands in San Francisco illegally, is taken to Portland and eventually ends up in the gold mining town of Warrens, Idaho. The emotions she tries to capture of her characters in the novel are portrayed perfectly through her words, most notably the scenes that involved intense movements and actions filled with tension and suspense. I read this book because it was a selection for my book club. I give it a thumbs up, way, waaaaaaaaaaaaaay up. I read the ebook version which included an essay added later after publication in which the author explained in detail how she compiled the history and facts to tell Polly Bemis's story, told as a biographical novel.
I would say it falls more into either autobiography or history of China, but had it been in either of those places I would never have picked it up. She works hard and makes friends with the local townspeople. This is a biographical novel about the Chinese woman Lalu Nathoy 1853-1933 , sold to bandits by her beloved father for the mere sum of two bags of seeds. They eventually built a ranch together on the Salmon River which was 18 miles from Warrens. I have actually been to their place on the river and looked at the old house they lived in. And yes, I would agree that this film falls within Romanticism.
By the end of the movie, however, the Chinese are driven out of the mining camp, and China Polly decides her real home is with Charlie. She is sold first to a brothel, then to a slave merchant bound for America. The book itself is a good reading from an historical perspective with explanations of how Chinese think. She and Charlie lived a long life together with Polly wining the respect of the community because of her cheerfulness, medical herbal knowledge, cooking and farming skills. He explained that the deeper meaning of this proverb is completely different than what I had thought. Perhaps it was because of its own style, that alternates between Adeline's story and tales of the Chinese Warrying States period. This lady lived such an interesting life.
Polly was born in China but was sold by her father to keep the family from starving. If so, what were your thoughts? Now I have read the book, seen the movie and actually visited the exact location where they lived. I feel it imperative that we in the West be more cognizant of the ways of the East and this little volume makes this more possible. We jump around in time, and there isn't much of a theme tying everything together. Having said that, I found it interesting and an easy story to get involved in. There is no need to understand chinese or its proverbs to enjoy this book. I read this book because it was a selection for my book club.
Eventually the bandits sell her to a brothel owner in Shanghai who promptly sells her to a special buyer who has her shipped to America. Adapted to film from the book: 1983 by McCunn's descriptions of the novel's settings are incredibly vivid and illustrative; her choice of words are definitely not superfluous which gives a touch of simplicity to the tale she weaves. It is also the only one of the great westerns directed by a woman. Exploring the history behind the proverbs, she delves into the lives of the first and second emperors and the two rebel warriors who changed the course of Chinese life, adding stories from her own life to beautifully illustrate their relevance and influence today. Her intonations reflect men, women and children equally well. The saloon keeper next door, whose name is Charlie Bemis, becomes her protector whenever there is trouble at Hong King's establishment.
Short Book Summaries Sites with a short overview, synopsis, book report, or summary of Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne Lum McCunn. That is far from true. We found no such entries for this book title. He wa This is an utterly delightful book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and so did the rest of my family spouse and kids. Glad to find this rather obscure movie.
My favorite part of the book is when Adeline applied the chinese phases to his own life. She became well known in Idaho for her generosity and sense of humor. This section contains 656 words approx. The early part of the book held my attention with the hope for more. It's a nice, light read, even though many things that happen are not pleasant at all.
Nice copy, plays well and came well packed. Chinese immigrants in the American West. Refusing to become a whore, Lalu ultimately finds her own way in this strange country filled with white demons. Things become so desperate with no food that her father is forced to sell her to a gang of marauding bandits for two small bags of seed. The author overcame terrible treatment as a child in China, became a doctor, and offers the history of her life, and the philosophies and education of her life through the perspective of Asian influences. I expected more from this book. One of which, I thought, was Adeline Yen Mah's Falling Leaves.