Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
A riveting memoir of a girl's painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and... show more
A riveting memoir of a girl's painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for -- the love and understanding of her family.Following the success of the critically acclaimed adult bestseller Falling Leaves, this memoir is a moving telling of the classic Cinderella story, with Adeline Yen Mah providing her own courageous voice.
Format: mass market paperback
Pages no: 205
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Read For School
An interesting book based on the upbringing of the author, Adeline Yen Mah. Gives insight to life as an unwanted child, but also about how families were affected of the Japanese invasion of China and later on in the book the Chinese civil war. Ending was sour sweet. Very enjoyable book overall.
It was a very sad book. With the tragic event of her mother dying a few days after her birth, Adeline's start to life was already destined to be doomed. With only her Aunt Baba giving attention to her, Adeline is already a very depressed child. Later on , Her Nai Nai dies and this was someone close ...
This was more interesting for the insight into the culture than anything about the author's life.
I read this a few years back, so the details are fuzzy. I do remember it being an interesting story - not one that had a strong impact on me, but there were parts of the book that made me a little sad.Any book that allows you to learn more about another person's struggles or culture is usually wort...