Book Reviews of The Woman Warrior : Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

The Woman Warrior : Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
The Woman Warrior Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Author: Maxine Hong Kingston
ISBN-13: 9780679721888
ISBN-10: 0679721886
Publication Date: 4/23/1989
Pages: 224
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 149 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 12
A clear and vivid memoir that blurs the line between story and real life. Kingston is a tremendous writer - this is a must-read!

A note of some importance: The Woman Warrior is the most-taught book in university world literature classes.
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Helpful Score: 10
This is an absolutely beautiful book. I was made to read it in a Women's Lit class, but loved it. My Yahoo Mail signature is a quote from this book:
"Perhaps women where once so dangerous that they had to have their feet bound"
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Helpful Score: 9
Read this book in college - liked it so much I also got Trickster Monkey which is about the men in the family coming to America. This book is the woman's/girl's point of view - half American and half Chinese. Lot of insights on Chinese social and family structures, engrossing story - autobiographical for the author but written as fiction because it is blended with fairy tales and ghost stories.
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Helpful Score: 7
well-written, interesting story of what it meant to be a first generation American in California in the early part of last century. good read!
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Helpful Score: 3
A great representation of the struggle for cultural identity as the child of immigrants.
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Helpful Score: 1
Powerful, disturbing and lyrical fiction.
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Helpful Score: 1
Quite a classic...good read.
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Helpful Score: 1
review says "fierce, fiery, disturbing" ... exactly!
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Interesting read, I enjoyed this book even though I paid to read it for school.
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This book is difficult to get into at times, but the cultural elements that it reveals are fascinating. More than that, the stories are generally truly intriguing. There is a lot of depth here that almost seems to require at least a second reading to appreciate. There was a bit too thin of a line between story and truth, as well as generalizations and accurate representation, for me, but that is almost nitpicking. My one big issue is that the outright Chinese stories, such as the one about Fa Mulan, take up a bit too much space in the book when I am wanting to read about Kingston. Still, extremely worth reading as a whole. Many of the family stories are extremely sad, but they pulled me in nonetheless.
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I find Maxine Hong Kingston to be one of the more literary yet also readable American Chinese woman authors. This is a poetic book.
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slightly different cover.

The Woman Warrior was the winner of the National Books Critics Circle Award for the best work of non-fiction in 1976.
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The cover of my book is burgundy and black.

"Triumphant...astonishingly accomplished." -Time
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Lightly Used. Some highlighting and underlining.