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Dreams of Joy

by Lisa See

Other authors: Janet Song (Narrator)

Series: Shanghai Girls (2), May and Pearl (2)

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I couldn't put this down and enjoyed it much more than Shanghai Girls (and that was good, too!). ( )
  Electablue | Apr 20, 2016 |
Started off a little slow, but I was really invested in the second half of the book. This was really the first time I'd read any description of what life was like for Chinese citizens (either native or repatriated) during Mao's Great Leap Forward. I realized how much I really don't know about that period of history from a non-U.S. perspective, and the historical background was incredibly fascinating (sad, but fascinating). Lisa See clearly did a lot of research to write this book, and it paid off. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
This is my fifth of Lisa See's books, and my favorite so far. The story is incredible; my stomach was in knots for almost the entire last third of the book. I can't wait for whatever she writes next!
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
I LOVED the first book, Shanghai Girls. While this book was good, it definitely was not as good as Shanghai Girls. On the plus side, it did give a lot of interesting views of China during the Great Leap Forward. The characters were interesting and the relationships were so multi-faceted and well developed. However, there were just too many far fetched scenes especially at the end where people are saved a minute before something horrible would happen to them or too many far fetched coincidences. (Trying not to give away any of the plot so I'm not writing specifics) Overall it was a good book, but definitely not as great as Shanghai Girls. ( )
  KamGeb | Jan 25, 2016 |
It kept my interest although there are parts that seem unlikely. The reader does get a good sense of what life was like behind the bamboo curtain. ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |
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Although the ending betrays See’s roots in genre fiction, this is a riveting, meticulously researched depiction of one of the world’s worst human-engineered catastrophes.
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With each new novel, Lisa See gets better and better. Each work is more tightly woven, richer with information, its characters more memorable than the last....And so it is with "Dreams of Joy," which picks up where "Shanghai Girls" left off, giving us the story of a young Chinese American woman's search for her father and her three-year odyssey in the People's Republic during Mao Tse-tung's Great Leap Forward. The scope of the novel is astonishing — including the ingenious ways Chinese women handled their menstrual periods and the carefully concealed and shocking stories of starvation in the communes, the suffocating collectives into which the country was divided...The novel is front-loaded with all of these revelations, and continues to move extremely quickly until the very end — one of those hard-to-put-down-until-four-in-the-morning books — but happily, the action is not all external
 
Crowd-pleaser See continues the story she began in Shanghai Girls with this compelling account of life inside the People's Republic of China during Mao's disastrous "Great Leap Forward." ...See writes vividly about China's people, places and customs; her descriptions of various state banquets will bring on hunger pangs. That such feasts were served while millions starved is a sobering history lesson in the midst of this engrossing saga about two tiger mothers of an earlier day.
 

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A continuation of "Shanghai Girls" finds a devastated Joy fleeing to China to search for her real father while her mother, Pearl, desperately pursues her, a dual quest marked by their encounters with the nation's intolerant Communist culture.

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