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As quoted by the Chinese Communist revolutionary leader and the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Tse Tung, commonly called Chairman Mao,
“In class society, everyone lives as a member of a particular class, and every kind of thinking, without exception, is stamped with the brand of a class.”
Well no wonder why the middle-class Chinese families in the 1930s were so keen on becoming the ‘face’ of the society or, rather say a class society, thus leading to animosity between the p
As I was looking for a book to fill the “J” entry for my A to Z Challenge, I came across Duncan Jepson’s debut novel All the Flowers in Shanghai and in reading the summary, I decided to add this one to my list for this challenge. Perhaps it is due to my Chinese background and growing up surrounded by family stories about my culture and its rich history, but over the years, I’ve developed a certain fondness for historical fiction set in China and since this book fell into that category
This books shares the story of a very young, very naive girl in pre-revolution China, Feng. She is the second born and all of her mother’s energy has been poured into her elder sister. Her mother longs to enter “society” and is using the marriage of her first daughter to try and achieve this goal. When the seamstress comes to make the wedding dress Feng meets his son and imagines herself in love with him as she shares time with him in the family gardens.
When her sister dies Feng is basically sol