The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds

  • by Selina Siak Chin Yoke
  • Narrated by Christine Rendel
  • 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Facing challenges in an increasingly colonial world, Chye Hoon, a rebellious young girl, must learn to embrace her mixed Malayan-Chinese identity as a Nyonya - and her destiny as a cook, rather than following her first dream of attending school like her brother.
Amidst the smells of chillies and garlic frying, Chye Hoon begins to appreciate the richness of her traditions, eventually marrying Wong Peng Choon, a Chinese man. Together, they have ten children. At last, she can pass on the stories she has heard - magical tales of men from the sea - and her warrior's courage, along with her wonderful kueh (cakes).
But the cultural shift towards the West has begun. Chye Hoon finds herself afraid of losing the heritage she so prizes as her children move more and more into the modernising Western world.

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Most Helpful

Excelent story.

I wish you had more of her books. The story is engaging and the narrator is outstanding. I highly recommend it.
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- Pato

Totally diappointing!!

What would have made The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds better?

If it was 2/3 shorter than it was. And the tedium was arduous and painful. The names of all the characters were hard to keep track of. I had to force myself to finish it even though I liked the concept and was looking forward to learning about the culture.I guess what would have made it better was to not have read it~


Would you recommend The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds to your friends? Why or why not?

No....boring, arduous....repetitive and nothing of great interest. Nothing memorable or noteworthy.


What character would you cut from The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds?

I can't even recall their names!


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- Fran Sadoff-lebow

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio