Misc. Historical Fiction.

Red Lotus by Pai Kit Fai

(CONTAINS SPOILERS.)

A book set in China from approximately 1906 until 1941, it tells the story of three linked women: Pai-Ling, her daughter Li Xia and her daughter, Red Lotus. It focused on a lot of issues of the era that were prevalent in China, such as foot-binding and the presence of English forces.

I can’t really say anything about the historical research because Chinese history is vast, with so many nuances. I had a feeling that with each story we would see the same thing playing out: born in adversity, meets someone adverse (usually British), and then die at the hand of a secret society whose purpose is to destroy…But it is almost a given that there will be a happy ending at the end of it all.

A good book in general, it had villains who you genuinely disliked and that was a good thing. I really want Pai Kit Fai to carry this book on and then we can see Toby and Sing living in Communist China in the 1950s or perhaps adjusting to life in America or England.

The author makes us connect with the heroes and the villains alike. The Western men were seen as too good in some bits. We ALL have flaws, and seemingly perfect characters with no flaws just get annoying (from personal literary experience.) because you just want to pick them to pieces and make them violent or give them an addiction to HobNobs or something.

However, I digress. A good book, one of many mother-daughter-in-China stories written in the multitude.

 

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