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Losing Plum Blossom [Paperback]

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Losing Plum Blossom is a novel of romance, intrigue and adventure set in the Orient. A Vietnamese war widow finds herself hopelessly attracted to a half Japanese, half Taiwanese doctor, the son of a Japanese war criminal and the victim of rape by Chinese Nationalist soldiers during the reclamation of Taiwan from Japan.



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Pages   564
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.82" Width: 5.52" Height: 1.4"
Weight:   1.59 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Washington House
ISBN  1931633932  
ISBN13  9781931633932  


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Taiwan revisited  Jun 1, 2004
LOSING PLUM BLOSSOM offers a multitude of insights into Oriental charisma, obsessions with purity of bloodlines, as well as intrigue & religion, their attitude about gaijin - Westerners/foreigners, & love itself!

Rebeccasreads recommends LOSING PLUM BLOSSOM as an epic saga of passionate & lengthy prose of the lives & thoughts of one woman & two men, as well as a superb glimpse into the history of Taiwan few readers in the world have yet heard: from the Ching dynasty, through Japanese colonialism to Nationalist rule & its Golden Age in the 1960s & 70s.

 
"Losing Plum Blossom" has Taiwan written all over it!  Mar 15, 2004
Taipei (Taiwan) resident and Chinese Culture University
professor Eleanor Morris Wu has written a powerful and moving new novel, in
English, and the 500 page
page turner is a novel of romance, intrigue and adventure that will surely captivate readers interested in Asian culture.
And it's about Taiwan, among other things, and it's the first in a series of novels Wu is writing,
with the second novel coming soon. Wu herself witnessed the latter part of the struggle
for democracy and

political freedom when she arrived in Taiwan in 1989, old
China hands will recognize many things. The author knows her history and has an uncanny knack at getting inside her characters' emotions, from priests to spies, and you won't be able to put this book down once you start. It's that kind of book. A bravura performance by a talented writer, with more books sure to come!

 
Impressive Prose Style of Budding New Novelist  Feb 1, 2004
I have already read the reviews of four distinguished Asian hands: Messrs Wade, Bufton, Barnes, and Hamilton so there is nothing more historically I can add that has not already been said by them.
I was very favourably impressed by the Prose style of Ms Morris Wu. It reminded me a little of Marcel Proust's "A La Recherche du Temps Perdu". She likes to dwell on images and incidents for pages at a time. In her case she can command the reader's attention throughout. It takes a particular talent to do that and I think it is a remarkable achievement especially as it is Ms Morris Wu's first novel.
I would like therefore to recommend this book for anyone interested in Taiwan history with four stars****as I want to encourage the author to continue writing, bearing in mind the comments and improvements recommended by the afore-mentioned reviewers.
 
Impressive Prose Style of Budding New Novelist  Jan 30, 2004
I have already read the reviews of four distinguished Asian hands: Messrs Wade, Bufton, Barnes and Hamilton so there is nothing more historically I can add that has not already been said by them.
I was very favourably impressed by the Prose style of Ms Morris Wu. It reminded me a little of Marcel Proust's "A La Recherche du Temps Perdu". She likes to dwell on images and incidents for pages at a time. In her case she can command the reader's attention throughout. It takes a particular talent to do that and I think it is a remarkable achievement especially as it is Ms Morris Wu's first novel.
I would like therefore to recommend this book for anyone interested in Taiwanese history with four stars****as I want to encourage the author to continue writing, bearing in mind the comments and improvements recommended by the afore-mentioned reviewers.
 
A MUST READ IF TRAVELLING TO THE FAR EAST  Jan 7, 2004
The author has depicted a poignant picture spanning five decades beginning with the close of the Japanese occupaiton in Taiwan and the subsequent turmoil caused by the Chinese Nationalists takeover in 1945 and the tragic massacre two years later.
What followed were the decades regarded by most foreigners and Chinese alike as Taiwan's Golden Age of the 60s and the 70s when the island made a spectacular economic take-off despite political repression.
Morris Wu witnessed the latter part of the struggle for democracy and political freedom when she arrived in 1989. Though she claims the main characters to be ficticious, yet to many old Taiwan hands, they are still readily recognizable. With her acute observation and meticulous details, the author attempted to open up the body and the mind of her leading lady with Freud-Nietzsche-like incision, culminating in the triumph of American Womanhood.
Her similar attempts on males, mostly men of intrigues and evils, will go down as brilliant negative examples for schools.
Despite dark smog looming over all the characters, the author aptly painted the beautiful landscape of Taiwan and explained the many traditions and customs and the unending social and political wrangling among the local Taiwanese and the Chinese from the mainland.
Morris Wu also has a profound understanding of Taiwan's historical legacy from the Ching dynasty, through Japanese colonialism to Nationalist rule, and gives readers unfamiliar with the East Asian region an interesting and useful lesson about Oriental charisma and intrigues.
 

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