Facinating story of a young Chinese girl who was sold by her father to bandits, who delivered her to a woman who sold her again. Traveling to America in the worst of conditions, she was again sold at auction and was bought by an ancient Chinese business man. She had such determination to be a free woman that she was able to overcome the adversity that came her way. Excellent book.
A true story,about "polly".she was only 18,when she was sold into slavery and shipped to the usa,illeaglely.the story takes place in the 18oo;s and ends with pollys death in the 1930"s I enjoyed the book, tho, it was a quick read.
Thousand Pieces of Gold tells the true story of Lalu Nathoy, who grows up for the first decade of her life in the male dominated world of the late 1800's in China. Her Father unlike many other men calls her his 'thousand pieces of gold', and even when hard times come, resists the urge to sell her as his only daughter but when the family is threatened by bandits a few years later as he is watching his sons and wives starve cultural and societal pressures come together and Lalu's Father sells her for nothing more than a few bags of seed. After this the reader follows Lalu's life through journeys with bandits, dark roads into brothels, and it follows a path that leads her to America where she is sold to a saloon and renamed Polly. She eventually regains her freedom, and as a reader it was a book I could not put down as you celebrated with her as she found happiness love, and ultimately redemption.
I enjoyed this book very much. It is a biographical novel, based on Lalu Nathoy's real life. It is tough reading in places, due to injustices, but heartwarming as well. Pictures included in the book make the story so real.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Lalu Nathoy's father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his "thousand pieces of gold," yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloonkeeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. This biographical novel is the extraordinary story of one woman's fight for independence and dignity in the American West.