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Shanghai Girls
Shanghai Girls
Author: Lisa See
In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father's prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her yo...  more
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ISBN-13: 9780812980530
ISBN-10: 0812980530
Publication Date: 2/9/2010
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 352 ratings
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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4 member(s) found this review helpful.
It was not nearly as good to me as Peony In Love or Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I was interested in the story, but it seemed rushed at the beginning, and then rushed at the end as well.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I thought this was a very good book, though perhaps not as much as Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It moves quickly, though, the characters are well drawn, and the plot is interwoven well with swift twists and turns. I'd recommend it, since it also gives a window into Chinese culture and perspective of the 1930's into the fifties.
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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3 member(s) found this review helpful.
First of Sees books I have read. Interesting Story, kept me involved but I hated the way it ended. Makes me wonder if there is a book 2 continuation due to come out in the future. My rating would be between "do not like" and "like". We need a "fair" rating.

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  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Prewar to post war China as lived by two beautiful girls.
  • Currently 1/5 Stars.
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I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, but I just couldn't get into this book. It moved slowly and didn't capture me like Snow Flower did. I stopped reading halfway through. Very disappointing.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This book is the story of two sisters and their lives before and after the Communist takeover of China and the way their family was devastated by it. From their forced marriages and their attempts to escape the violence that takes place in their city of Shanghai we see the strength of character and courage of the two girls who manage to survive.
The author gives a very vivid and eye-opening view of that period of Chinese history as well as the customs and attitudes of the Chinese people.

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People/Characters
Pearl Chin (Primary Character)
May (Major Character)

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