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Spring Moon is a novel about the history of China and Chinese cultural revolution from an empire to a communist state.Spring Moon is a novel about the house of Chang in Soochow and the house of Woo,in Peking.Spring Moon is a novel about a young girl called Spring Moon and the house of Chang.Apart from the difficulties I had with some of the names like Bold Talent ,Noble Promise Fragrant Snow, Lotus Delight, Glad Promise and the initial confusion I had about the Chinese hour,day and year like Spring Moon is a novel about the history of China and Chinese cultural revolution from an empire to a communist state.Spring Moon is a novel about the house of Chang in Soochow and the house of Woo,in Peking.Spring Moon is a novel about a young girl called Spring Moon and the house of Chang.Apart from the difficulties I had with some of the names like Bold Talent ,Noble Promise Fragrant Snow, Lotus Delight, Glad Promise and the initial confusion I had about the Chinese hour,day and year like the hour of the cock ,the year of the dog,the year of the monkey, the year of the tiger,the year of the snake,the book is an interesting read and I give 3star A promising novel that tells the story of the House of Chang from the 1890 s till the early 70 s but that doesn t seem to fulfill its promise It seems that Bette Lord tried too hard to fit this family s life into the history of China and although all the incidents are interesting, they don t seem to develop as deeply as I had expected them to She wanted each of her characters to play an important role in the shaping of China s history but it didn t all ring true it seemed somewhat contrived A promising novel that tells the story of the House of Chang from the 1890 s till the early 70 s but that doesn t seem to fulfill its promise It seems that Bette Lord tried too hard to fit this family s life into the history of China and although all the incidents are interesting, they don t seem to develop as deeply as I had expected them to She wanted each of her characters to play an important role in the shaping of China s history but it didn t all ring true it seemed somewhat contrived and idealised Despite this, I enjoyed reading this saga and I really liked the descriptions of the old traditional China The author beautifully celebrates the traditional Chinese past, particularly the importance of family ties and the grace of the rituals that tied one generation to the next Spring Moon was a powerful book It has been almost a decade since I read it and some passages I have never forgotten The book follows the life of a young girl who is born into a wealthy family in Imperialist China and has her feet bound and ends with her life under the communists when she is an old lady There is drama and heartache and rare moments of happiness There are difficult decisions that must be lived with I learned quite a bit about China reading this book and have never forgotten Spring Moon was a powerful book It has been almost a decade since I read it and some passages I have never forgotten The book follows the life of a young girl who is born into a wealthy family in Imperialist China and has her feet bound and ends with her life under the communists when she is an old lady There is drama and heartache and rare moments of happiness There are difficult decisions that must be lived with I learned quite a bit about China reading this book and have never forgotten this novel This book was required reading in my 10th grade combined studies English History class though it could have been 11th or 12th grade don t remember for sure What s really wild about this book is that, 20 years after I read it, when someone asked me about historical fiction, it s one of the first titles that popped into my head For someone interested in finding outabout growing up in another culture in another time, or in Chinese history or women s history this book has it all. Rating Clarification 4 1 2 stars.I remember this being a sweeping read, which left me with that feeling of having been on a grand journey Starting in the late 19th century, the reader follows a pampered daughter of Imperial China, Spring Moon, through the sweeping changes of China in the 20th century, and those of her personal life, covering almost 100 years and multiple generations Despite its big scope, it is the small things that left the biggest impressions I read the republished 2004 Rating Clarification 4 1 2 stars.I remember this being a sweeping read, which left me with that feeling of having been on a grand journey Starting in the late 19th century, the reader follows a pampered daughter of Imperial China, Spring Moon, through the sweeping changes of China in the 20th century, and those of her personal life, covering almost 100 years and multiple generations Despite its big scope, it is the small things that left the biggest impressions I read the republished 2004 edition which contained a new introduction by the author I ve never read an introduction that complemented the book, intrigued the reader and was profound It set up the read so well, I feel I need to recommend that one reads a 2004 or later edition The character list and detailed layout of the House of Chang were very helpful in keeping the names straight and following the characters movements Also included is a dynastic chronology and a modern history chronology of China s historical events I wishhistorical fiction, especially those centered in different cultures took these measures for the reader.Comparisons saying this is the Chinese Gone with the Wind, which I admit caught my attention, in my opinion are stretching things Sure a reader can find some similarities, but that could be said of any book that has a strong heroine Don t go into this expecting a Chinese Rhett and Scarlett Clear those expectations out of your head immediately so you can enjoy the journey in front of you, instead of the one you ve been lead to believe When Spring Moon was little, it was foretold that she would live to see five generations, and her life unfolds in this story The family is typical Han Chinese footbinding and all The story ends in the late 19th century when the Qing Dynasty still ruled China but barely and moves on through the years as the dynasty is abolished and China goes through its revolutionary upheaval Spring Moon was so sheltered at first, pampered and cared for, and then she goes through all these changes in her When Spring Moon was little, it was foretold that she would live to see five generations, and her life unfolds in this story The family is typical Han Chinese footbinding and all The story ends in the late 19th century when the Qing Dynasty still ruled China but barely and moves on through the years as the dynasty is abolished and China goes through its revolutionary upheaval Spring Moon was so sheltered at first, pampered and cared for, and then she goes through all these changes in her life i read this book back when I was in high school, and really enjoyed it It s not the best, but it s still a fun read about a person who lives through many of China s dramatic changes and sees how it changes herself and the people around her Highly recommended for a fun read set in old China This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Another book on China in preparation for our trip there in about 3 weeks Through reading fiction I am learning about the history of this country although fictional, it is a little less dry than reading straight accounts of the history of China I am also picking up information about the culture and beliefs strongly held in this country.I thought this book would be about the character, Spring Moon whom we meet in the first chapter The reader does indeed learn about her life but also follows Another book on China in preparation for our trip there in about 3 weeks Through reading fiction I am learning about the history of this country although fictional, it is a little less dry than reading straight accounts of the history of China I am also picking up information about the culture and beliefs strongly held in this country.I thought this book would be about the character, Spring Moon whom we meet in the first chapter The reader does indeed learn about her life but also follows the life of her uncles, daughter Lustrous Jade and son brother Enduring Promise I found the book interesting but skimmed a lot because it got a little too wordy at times I also had a hard time keeping track of her uncles various names Bold Talent, and Noble Talent because they are so similar I also would get confused by Spring Moon s son who is the result of an affair with her uncles Enduring Promise is Spring Moon s secret son because no one in the family knows she actually gave birth to him, but since he was adopted by her mother in law on her death bed he is known as her brother yes, a little confusing Overall, this book gave me insight into what life was like in the early 20th century in China It was a very confusing and scary time in my opinion There was much lawlessness, much fighting, and many deaths in order to bring change to this country Because I have read other books about China I think I understoodthan I would have otherwise The author did not always explain the customs or beliefs but I was able to understand because I have learned about them through other books I have read When I told my wife I was giving up on Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, she looked at the cover and asked me why I even started reading it Looking back, I think I was vaguely remembering another novel I d read as a teenager, and thanks to , two days later I had that very same novel in my hands Spring Moon is everything Snow Flower isn t authentic, readable, gripping, full of real characters I found myself rooting for The book follows our heroine from her childhood through her life as When I told my wife I was giving up on Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, she looked at the cover and asked me why I even started reading it Looking back, I think I was vaguely remembering another novel I d read as a teenager, and thanks to , two days later I had that very same novel in my hands Spring Moon is everything Snow Flower isn t authentic, readable, gripping, full of real characters I found myself rooting for The book follows our heroine from her childhood through her life as China itself transitions from the last days of the Manchus to the early republic period and eventually up to the present day, with most of the book s focus on Spring Moon herself, until the spotlight shifts to her outspoken christian daughter at the end of the book Through it all, there s never a dull moment, and I found the mother daughter relationship between Spring Moon and her child muchreal and fleshed out than the malfunctioning robots from Snow Flower In short, I brought everything this book was selling highly recommended (FREE DOWNLOAD) Å Spring Moon: A Novel of China ⚪ At A Time Of Mystery And Cruelty In An Ancient Land Of Breathtaking Beauty And Exotic Surprise A Courageous Woman Triumphs Over Her World S Ultimate TragedyBehind The Garden Walls Of The House Of Chang, Pampered Daughter Spring Moon Is Born Into Luxury And Privilege But The Tempests Of Change Sweep Her Into A New World One Of Hardship, Turmoil, And Heartbreak, One That Threatens To Destroy Her Husband, Her Family, And Her Darkest Secret Love Through A Tumultuous Lifetime, Spring Moon Must Cling To Her Honor, To The Memory Of A Time Gone By, And To A Destiny, Foretold At Her Birth, That Has Yet To Be Fulfilled I enjoyed the first part of this book very much From the title, I assumed the main character would be Spring Moon and that the story would be told from her point of view I read somewhere that it s been compared to Gone With The Wind but I have to disagree except to say that it concerns a family torn apart by civil war Other characters were introduced into the story and subsequent chapters would go between Spring Moon s point of view and some of the others I found it distracting, I enjoyed the first part of this book very much From the title, I assumed the main character would be Spring Moon and that the story would be told from her point of view I read somewhere that it s been compared to Gone With The Wind but I have to disagree except to say that it concerns a family torn apart by civil war Other characters were introduced into the story and subsequent chapters would go between Spring Moon s point of view and some of the others I found it distracting, particularly after Spring Moon returned home after the death of her husband The illicit romance between Spring Moon and her uncle didn t really ring true to me and I thought it detracted from the story Otherwise, I enjoy historical fiction and particularly learning about events in history occuring in other countries in this case, China