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Subject: The Language of Thread...
Date Posted: 2/15/2008 1:30 PM ET
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WoW! What a great book! It takes place in the mid 1930's when Japan has invaded China. The story revolves around a young girl and her will to survive during this time. It's the story of survival, forgiveness, friendship and strength. I  think the author could have developed the story a bit more. She starts off each development strong, but seems to not take the further.

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 3:43 PM ET
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Have you read the book that comes before it...Women of the Silk?  I've had both at home on my TBR stack for months and was actually considering reading Women of the Silk next.  :)

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 5:49 PM ET
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I've read Women of the Silk but not the sequel(s?).  I'm glad it was good, it's on my reminder list

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 6:20 PM ET
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No, I've not read Women of Silk, but it's on my TBR list. I think I'm going to pull it next. I didn't realize that the two books go together. I'm sure it will be just as good as The Language of Thread.

Subject: Thank you
Date Posted: 2/16/2008 1:02 AM ET
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I read Women of the Silk late last summer, and found it very interesting.  It revealed to me that there was at least one other possible fate for a poor Chinese girl, than marriage and a life of unending toil as a farmer's wife.  The way that the author, Gail Tsukiyama, writes it, the reader even understands the sense of competence and almost pride the "women of the silk" have in their mastery of a strange vocation.  It is their development into skilled workers that allows these girls and women a degree of independence denied to other Chinese women of their era.

I was interested to hear of another related book, and I intend to find it and read it, too.  Thanks. 

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 9:25 AM ET
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I read both of these books a while back and really enjoyed them for much the same reasons as Bonnie. Excellent post, by the way, Bonnie.

I read Tsukiyama's book, Night of Many Dreams, a few weeks ago and thought it was the weakest of her books, but that may have been because I'd just read a very similarly plotted book about a week before reading this one. It was a bit predictable and slow for me. I'm still looking forward to reading her newest book which is out now, I think.