An amazing book....beautifully written. A bit slow in spots, but worth it for the rich detail. The story of a young, unspoiled woman in a loveless marriage in Japan at the turn of the last century who gets pregnant from a brief affair with a japanese nobleman and is turned out of the European community to make her way in a strange land. I rarely give a book 5 stars, but this one is a jewel!
What a neat book and neat story. This is a total sleeper; you'd probably never think to pick it up and read it, but after you do, it stays with you and you're glad of it.
What I loved most about this book is that the character feels very real. She changes and grows throughout the novel and acts in unexpected ways at times, unlike the thoroughly predictable, one-dimensional character found in many novels.
Slightly worn, but definitely readable.
fantastic book about asian culture in the early 1900's. Wonderful fictional characters. Love, betrayal, affairs. all the good stuff
Betrothed to a military attache in Peking, twenty-year-old Mary MacKenzie sets sail for China with a frugal trosseau and a suffocating chaperone. But Mary, a young Scotswoman, is lively, curious and unspoiled. The year is 1903, and it will not be long before she scandalizes the British in Peking bay falling into an adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman. Her odyssey begins in earnest when she is torn from her small daughter and turned out of the European community. How she survives in an ancient Eastern culture that barely tolerates women, much less Westerners, is the story of The Ginger Tree, a compelling novel that spans more than forty tumultuous years in the Far East--including two world wars and the cataclysmic Tokyo earthquake of 1923.