The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Mulan, not with a sword but pen

Curious book reviewer says:

Imagine mulan, but see her emerge from these pages with not a sword but a pen ✒️ (my last book for Topics in American Literature, check! ✅)


The book was very strange and abstract, and I felt like I was swimming in myriads of Kingston’s memory mixed with dreams, tainted with the past ☁️☁️☁️ I almost drowned in the superstitious and communist Chinese culture of old China🏮 


The concept of time is lost ⏱ its seconds bleeding into the story-telling that has little concern of whether it’s the past, present or future. It’s altogether mystical, frightening, truthful, painful but brave. I can’t describe it accurately because of its dreamlike ✒️✨ quality – and the reader almost struggles with this blur that the impossible is possible and the possible can happen anytime. 


An indirectly empowering read for women that seeks to explain rather than command our attention 💃🏻



Book’s official synopsis:

A Chinese American woman tells of the Chinese myths, family stories and events of her California childhood that have shaped her identity. It is a sensitive account of growing up female and Chinese-American in a California laundry.


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