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Night of Many Dreams by Gail Tsukiyama

Night of Many Dreams (edition 1999)

by Gail Tsukiyama, Anna Fields (Narrator)

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Title:Night of Many Dreams
Authors:Gail Tsukiyama
Other authors:Anna Fields (Narrator)
Info:Blackstone Audiobooks (1999), Audio Cassette
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Night of Many Dreams: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama



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Night of Many Dreams is a simple, slightly sentimental tale of a Chinese family living in Hong Kong. The book covers the years of 1940 to 1965 as two sisters, Joan and Emma, grow up and embark on a quest to fulfill their dreams. For Joan, the beauty of the family, this comes to mean becoming a movie actress. Emma, the serious sister, longs for education and a wider world to discover.

The story plays out against an ever changing Hong Kong. The focus is on the females of the family, all of them strong in their own right. The mother, Kum Ling is a society matron, Auntie Go is a spinster and an enterprising business woman while Foon, the family servant, allows her cooking to speak for her.

I enjoyed learning about these sisters and their family but I did feel the ending was rather abrupt. I checked my kindle a couple of times to be sure the book had actually ended! The author includes a lot of description in her writing that appeals to all the senses which added to my overall enjoyment of the book. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Aug 25, 2016 |
A work of historical fiction, Tsukiyama's (Samurai's Garden, LJ 2/15/95) latest novel contains several strong female characters. Set during the onset of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in 1940, it first introduces readers to sisters Joan and Emma Lew, ages 14 and nine. The girls, with their servant Foon and their mother's first cousin, Auntie Go, all live "privileged" lives together in Hong Kong until they decide to flee from the imposing Japanese and emigrate to Macao, leaving their father behind to watch the family home. At the war's end, the family returns to Hong Kong with the intention of rebuilding and reclaiming their lives. Culminating in the year 1965, this novel follows its characters through 15 years of growth, maturity, and self-discovery

we view the world of Emma Lew of Hong Kong and, later, San Francisco; her older sister Joan; and their family from 1940 to 1965. The changing mores of Hong Kong society are the backdrop for the tender relationships among Emma, who longs for a wider world than her mother's ladies' lunches; Joan, who finds her place in the movies that have fed her dreams since childhood; Auntie Go, who pulls deeply against tradition by running her own business; and silent servant Foon, whose cooking forges a near-mystical familial bond.
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
(Disclaimer: I didn't read the book in German. Not sure why the cover is in German)

I love the details of everyday Hong Kong life. ( )
  VikkiLaw | Apr 4, 2013 |
Four women of Hong Kong, spanning two generations, experience life in the turbulent early 20th Century. The story takes the reader from the Japanese occupation to the Viet Nam War and explores the individual ambitions and intertwined lives of four strong-minded Chinese women. The novel is more a slice of life than a story per se but makes engaging reading and the characters, all important in this instance, are well drawn and often compelling. ( )
1 vote turtlesleap | Jun 26, 2011 |
This is a beautifully written book about 2 Chinese sisters coming of age in war time Hong Kong. Tsukiyama shares a great deal of the Chinese culture and the differences between the generations with the reader. I could actually smell the teas and spices as the author wrote of them. I hated for this book to end. It is written with such serenity and sweetness. I highly recommend this book if one is in the mood for this style of writing.
I am looking forward to reading something else of hers. ( )
4 vote rainpebble | Jan 12, 2008 |
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As World War II threatens their comfortable life in Hong Kong, young Joan and Emma Lew escape with their family to spend the war years in Macao. When they return home, Emma develops a deep interest in travel and sets her sights on an artistic life in San Francisco, while Joan turns to movies and thoughts of romance to escape the pressures of her real life. As the girls become women, each follows a path different from what her family expects. But through periods of great happiness and sorrow, the sisters learn that their complicated ties to each other--and to the other members of their close-knit family--are a source of strength as they pursue their separate dreams.

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A historical novel on the stifling atmosphere of colonial Hong Kong, referred to by mainland Chinese as a cultural desert. The protagonists are two sisters from an upper-class Chinese family who are sent abroad to escape the Japanese occupation in World War II and who return with a new perspective on life. By the author of Women of the Silk.… (more)

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