However, I felt like the end seemed rushed - almost as if it were a separate book than the beginning portion. She told me that until the age of thirteen, water would be my danger sign, that I was never to trust it.
I am going to read China dog and Other Stories" what a find Judy is, I plan on reccommending this to the bookclub I belong to.
Once, there was a Chinese man who came through our town and had supper with us. However, I felt like the end seemed rushed - almost as if it were a separate book tha I really enjoyed the cultural aspects of this book.
And on a personal note, I hope my writing, in some small way, is a tribute not just to my parents but to all those parents who came to Canada from a faraway land and toiled in obscurity to give their children brighter futures.
The other two books are from China, handwritten with red cloth covers, bound with red string. I was so close to giving this book 5 stars Almost without fail, every small town we drove through had a local Chinese restaurant, and I knew, much like my family, the people who ran these restaurants would be separated from the community by language and culture, that their lives would be lonely, especially the older generation, and that work and home were melded into one, unchanging and monotonous.
In my writing I hope to lift this cloak of invisibility, if only a little, to give a glimpse to the rest of Canada of the lives upstairs from the restaurant, the laundry, the fruit market, to reveal the deep and complex emotions that exist behind the calm monotony of their daily routines.
I will stop giving away any more details of this delightful book, get it! Her unwillingness made me uneasy. Read an excerpt I have kept only three possessions from my childhood.
A serpent head with dung-filled eyes. The real live characters, the surprising relationships between some of these characters, Annie the daughter who is witness to all this. I have no memory of what the fortune teller looked like, only of watching his long slender hands lay out narrow sticks of different lengths.
The first is a coil-bound sketch pad with a cover made of heavy cardboard, a muted olive green. When I look at them now, many years later, they disturb me in a different way; I am left feeling hollow and haunted.
Whenever I asked my mother what was written inside, she seemed to hesitate. You are in for a treat. There were also other sections that seemed somewhat arbitrary, as if her editor made her throw them in there to bulk up the chapter. She told me that I would live in more than one country.
Later we found out the man was a notorious gambler and womanizer in Chinatown in Toronto.
Having immigrated to Canada I can relate to the major change, and upheaval immigrating can cause, language, culture etc. He kept trying to engage my mother in conversation, but she took an instant dislike to him.
I liked this Chinese proverb: Yet there was one constant that made an impression on me then and stays with me today. He wants so much, yet nothing in the first half of his life will be easy.
But I will give it 4. The characters held such power and mystery, all the more so because I could not read them. Sometimes I felt like there was so much going on behind the scenes, in the dialogue, I almost needed a translation as to what was actually occurring.
I want them to be remembered. A mole in a certain place on a cheek might be lucky, my mother once told me, but in the same place on the other cheek could spell a life of tragedy and pain. Sometimes her face readings were more direct.
The smell of incense had filled the air. As a child I found the drawings magical, yet they unsettled me, pulling me into a world I did not understand. I would beg her for greater details about my future, but she would only shake her head and say there was nothing else in the book that mattered.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in family history and the immigrant experience in Canada.
Each page was filled with black hand-brushed characters, on the front was a single column of elegant black calligraphy. Each one is a book.
My mother paid a handsome price for the book. Before leaving Hong Kong, my mother took me to a fortune teller to have my I Ching read and my fate revealed. Having immigrated to Canada I can rela Wow, I am blown away by this story, I am just past the half way mark, so far sooo great!
In the rows of faces, the noses, eyes, lips, and ears are drawn in different shapes. February 16th just finished reading the book, it is pretty awesome, I never want to give away the content of the story, however it holds all sorts of twists and turns Canada has thousands of small towns, each one having a Chinese Restaurant, this book will give you some insight into what goes on behind the scenes in the life of a family which owns one of these restaurants.Transcript of Midnight at the Dragon Cafe Verbal Essay “From that point on, I spent most nights alone in bed.
My mother seemed to have left all caution behind, relying on our closed bedroom door and my silence to keep her secrets.” (Pg ) Pg “I watched my brother curled in my mother’s arms and I began to understand how much. Midnight at the Dragon Cafe has 1, ratings and reviews.
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