Thursday, December 31, 2009

just finished reading

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, by Maxine Hong Kingston. My review here. Anybody else read? Any thoughts?

12 comments:

Kristan said...

Read this a while back and "reviewed" it on GoodReads.com: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/35052843

Basically I read it for much the same reasons as you, and I thought it was powerful and beautifully written, but *some* parts of it were a bit of a slog. (Frankly, I am a big Amy Tan fan, and I think she writes in a way that is more accessible.) That said, as both a writer and a woman of Asian descent, I have great respect for Maxine Hong Kingston's accomplishments, and I did enjoy the book.

Jill Wheeler said...

I read this in college and LOVED it. Great book.

scott neumyer said...

Read this in college as well. I totally agree. Great book

Voix said...

Maxine Hong Kingston was one of our most vigorously discussed and debated creative nonfiction writers in my CNF classes in writer school. Lovely review!

SM Schmidt said...

A small part of me wished some (White Tigers) had been expanded into a full length novel. She really had a way with creating vivid images from the story.

I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See shortly after and it really reminded me of the way Kingston weaved her prose into magic.

Connie said...

I read and enjoyed the book in college. Then Ms. Kingston came and gave a talk to our class. One of the things she said was that in order to be a good writer you have to be a really good person. You can imagine the hands going up--"What about Hemingway, etc.?"

Kristan said...

Connie,

That's funny because my friend just gave me a book for Xmas called The Secret Lives of Famous Writers (or something like that) and it's all their dirty little secrets, from Hemingway to Shakespeare, Dickinson to Joyce.

angelle said...

haha, i wrote two papers on this book in college.

moonrat said...

Connie--I'm a firm believer. I'm really bad at separating the artist from the work (and in fact don't want to). Of course, this frame of mind has cost me Dickens, Hemingway, and several other assholes.

Connie said...

Moonrat--awk! People, including you, don't separate the author from the work. My worst fear realized. Maybe I can convince everyone that my misanthropic doppleganger writes my work. :)

Jennie Englund said...

Had to read WW at SF State, then hit it again several years later.

It was my intro. to Chinese lit. Since then, some of my faves have been FAREWELL, MY CONCUBINE; RED AZALEA; and BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS.

Jennie Englund said...

Had to read WW at SF State, then hit it again several years later.

It was my intro. to Chinese lit. Since then, some of my faves have been FAREWELL, MY CONCUBINE; RED AZALEA; and BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS.

I'd love to go back and read WW again. Thanks for the reminder!