Book Reviews of The Distant Land of My Father

The Distant Land of My Father
The Distant Land of My Father
Author: Bo Caldwell
ISBN-13: 9780811832403
ISBN-10: 0811832406
Publication Date: 9/1/2001
Pages: 373
Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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4.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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A really good book that tells about the love between a father and a daughter and the father and a city. And how that man refuses to put his wife and daughter before that city. The characters were so believsble. At times, the book brought tears to my eyes. Our book club just read it and everyone in the group gave the book a "thumbs up".
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A compelling read. Could not put it down once I stared reading it.
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great sympathetic characters. if you love historical fiction, read this book! read for my book club; 95% of the members loved it!
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Beautiful book. Fictional narrative embedded with historical accounts. Great read.
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This book shows a great love for the city of Shanghai. It also shows though a great nostalgia for the old Los Angeles orange groves. The father daughter relationship is a great story here. This book is adapted somewhat from a true life story. Our book club loved it too.
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Like the other reviewers, this book kept my interest and attention to the end. I, also, read it until it was finished, in one sitting. The author writes in a way that pulls you in and makes you feel that you are seeing it all. Loved it.
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Wonderful insight into China.
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This is a first novel. According to the back cover, the narrator grows up in Shanghai in the 30s and 40s and has a special bond with her father, who is a smuggler and millionaire. (His parents, however, were missionaries.) The family flees to Los Angeles in the face of the Japanese occupation, but the father remains in Shanghai, "believing his connections and luck will keep him safe. He's wrong." He does survive, but still choses Shanghai over his family during WWII. The daughter connects with him again, late in his life, but she can't really understand him until she reads his journals.
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I think this is one of the best books I have read in a while. It not only tells the reader about the city of Shanghai during different eras, it describes a every interesting relationaship between father and daughter.
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This is a uncorrected proof paperback