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Where does Dreams of Joy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
In the top 10
Which character – as performed by Janet Song – was your favorite?
Pearl and Joy were both amazing.
Any additional comments?
A interesting look at the times ,lies and hardships faced by the chineese people during
the late 40s and early 50s
The novel shows the strength of bonds , love & ties over the decades.
Very rarely write reviews, but just had to. This has got to be in my top 5 books of all time. Expertly written... empathy but not sentimental; exciting but realistic; and really ignited an interest in the era for me. Enjoyed Shanghai Girls very much, so downloaded this sequel, and this has blown its predecessor out of the water! I know some fellow book club members found Shanghai Girls a little too brutal, and if you are sensitive then this book is 'worse' and may not be for you, but the issues are important and sensitively dealt with. A big well done and thankyou to Lisa See. I will always remember this book.
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What did you like most about Dreams of Joy?
I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I loved that everything was not given away in the beginning of the book. The author gave us enough description to understand the characters, then gave us more details of events as the book went on. It kept me hooked!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreams of Joy?
Of course, the ending was the most memorable. (I don't want to go into too many details. No need to spoil it for everyone!)
Which scene did you most enjoy?
When Joy sent managed to get a letter through to her mother, so that she could be rescued.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I must admit I felt a bit naive about not knowing all the troubles that happened in China during Mao's reign. My heart wrenched every time the author described the way the chinese were lied to into thinking communism was the way forward.
Any additional comments?
I didn't listen to the first novel in this series before listening to Dreams of Joy, but I didn't think it made a difference. The story is self contained.
This was a riverting account of life for the ordinary people of the countryside in communist China during the great famines of the fifties. I was completely absorbed by the mother's love for her stubborn opinionated daughter. It was a tremendous story of loss & fulfilment with a nail biting climax.