|Plot Summary of Falling Leaves: the True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter|
|"Against the background of Chinese history, Adeline Yen Mah tells the story of her own, more personal struggle - her grim, gruesome childhood. Born to a wealthy family in pre-revolution China, Adeline was the unwanted daughter, the child that "killed her mother" (in reality, poor post-natal hygiene killed her mother). Her situation became intolerably worse when her father married a second time, to the beautiful, cruel Niang, whose primary interest in life appears to have been manipulation and emotional abuse. Although the story is depressing in parts, infuriating in others, it ends well - with a happy marriage and a new life in America for Adeline. And that's its saving grace - the book isn't just the story of a wretched childhood, its the story of overcoming one."
Ivy, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Falling Leaves: the True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
- woman's story
- Step Parent(s)
The difficult family member
- disapproves of life choices
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Commentary on society?
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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