I actually enjoyed her style, and except for a section by Auntie Go where we had to relive a few years after living them t This is a book about Family. I actually enjoyed her style, and except for a section by Auntie Go where we had to relive a few years after living them through Emma's and Joan's POVs, I actually thought the story flowed smoothly.
From the reviews I read, I gathered that this novel is mediocre compared to her other books, and I am very much tempted to read more of Tsukiyama's work. Mar 29, Veronica rated it it was ok Shelves: I'm usually a fan of Gail Tsukiyama's writing, but this was rather disappointing. From the various perspectives to the weird chronology and multiple flashbacks, I simply could not get into it.
Because the story took place over such a long period of time, it felt rushed. It got more interesting towards the end, but this book was definitely hard to get through. It took me a long time to finish because I kept stopping putting it down, which hardly ever happens, so it was pretty bad. I love Gail Tsukiyama and have read 3 other books of hers; The Samurai's Garden being one of my all-time favorite books. Night of Many Dreams fell short of my expectations of her writing and yet I did enjoy the read.
I would give it 3. Gail has a way of making you see into the thoughts of her characters and be a part of their lives for a while. As time progresse I love Gail Tsukiyama and have read 3 other books of hers; The Samurai's Garden being one of my all-time favorite books.
As time progressed and Hong Kong was returning to a new normal after the war, the story seemed to go flat. I found there was a depth missing that I normally love in Gail's writing. I did love how the strength of all the women in the Lew family shown forth. There was the determined strength for life to continue on in the status of Kum Ling who wanted to arrange a prosperous life in Hong Kong for her daughters while the independent influence of strength from Auntie Go also had pull for both Joan and Emma.
Joan and Emma both find a life for themselves which is very different than Mah-mee wanted. This book made me think as I myself am an immigrant. Emma went out into the world but found her solace again by returning to home when her life ground to a half after a loss of great importance. How would I react in the same situation? Something I hope not to find out for a great number of years to come!
This was likeable enough.
A little too light and simplistic for my tastes. I did like the alternating stories, the idea of the two sisters growing up in Hong Kong from the s to s, trying to find their own ways while still respecting their mother's traditionalism. This is my fifth book by Tsukiyama, and definitely not my favorite. Nov 25, Melanie rated it it was amazing. I am already anxious to read another of hers. Feb 28, Brandice rated it liked it. They have different wishes for their lives and must also deal with their mother's wishes for them.
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They're very close with their Aunt Go too. The story begins when they're young children and follows them as they become adult women and begin their own lives. It alternates perspectives between Emma, Joan, and occasionall 3. It alternates perspectives between Emma, Joan, and occasionally Go.
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I enjoyed the book and thought it was a fairly quick although thorough , but good read. Jan 09, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: The writing is light and lovely, but I wasn't that connected to the characters I realized that I'm more used to an American way of communicating--lots of big moments, lots of emotions. Tsukiyama's style is much more quiet, less showy, more reserved. I should have judged it on those merits more than my own. I think I'll pick up one more at some point probably Women of the Silk or The Samurai's Garden and see if she's an author I can connect with.
Dec 24, Shelly rated it liked it Shelves: This story follows a family; two sisters, their mother, their aunt and their cook through 25 years of their lives. A tale of love, losses and change. From there I picked up a book here and there; usually when I noticed them on the shelves at the bookstore or at Costco. I never went out of my way to hunt them down.
Her books are not rip-roaring thrillers or slash 'em up horrors or even remotely fantasy relate This story follows a family; two sisters, their mother, their aunt and their cook through 25 years of their lives. Her books are not rip-roaring thrillers or slash 'em up horrors or even remotely fantasy related, but I still tend to enjoy reading them. I suppose that it is simply in the way she writes little snippets of the lives of semi ordinary people without a lot of fuss or bother that is a good change from my usual fare.
I suppose that it is the simplicity of her tales that I enjoy and the flow of the writing Apr 22, Tam G rated it liked it Shelves: I enjoyed three of her other novels and it is a light read in the vein of Lisa See's books.
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It was an easy, upbeat read which felt realistic enough to the time period and culture and did not devolve into major plot drama. The story was more interested in the two sist And I picked up Gail Tsukiyama's Night of Many Dreams somewhere in the last month or two.
The story was more interested in the two sisters, who they were, and how they would grow and develop after WWII. It felt like one of Tsukiyama's earlier novels, not that the quality was down or the history badly done. It felt like she was just exploring two characters without fully knowing what would happen in the end. The end was when she felt closure for them. Oct 17, Camy rated it it was amazing. I am just on a roll here reading all the books on themes that I love.
Here is another exploration of the relationship that binds families - set again in Hong Kong juxtaposed with North America. The book was finished in a day - the author's style is easy to read, very clear and uncomplicated. Perhaps the story lacked stronger emotion and could have been a little more detailed. However, I felt that it accomplished its goals and it clearly gave us insight into this the lives of Joan and Emma.
It di I am just on a roll here reading all the books on themes that I love. It did seem to skip through time and perhaps it did not give enough attention to key points in the life of this family. This is my first book by this author - I am likely to keep an eye out for her other novels and to see how it all compares to this one. Sep 08, Barbara rated it it was ok. This book was disappointing for me. Altho dealing with an interesting subject, the author only gave me a dispassionate telling of pretty regular lives. I probably won't remember this tale for very long. It's a shame, because I really liked "Women of the Silk.
Jan 11, Becki Basley rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this story. Gail Tsukiyama remains one of my favorites! Not wanting to give any spoilers let me just say this is a story about a family who survive dynamic change in their country and grow on separate paths as individuals while remaining at their very core loving toward each other. While I'm doubtful this exists anymore in reality it's nice to still keep the dream alive.
Jan 31, Mark rated it it was amazing. Reading this book was like watching a movie directed by Anh Hung Tran. This book flows softly from word to word, chapter to chapter. A warm journey into the lives of Emma and Joan and their Baba and Mah-mee. And of course Aunti Go. Like an Anh Hung Tran movie it is slow sensual and emotional. Dec 08, Kirsten rated it liked it Shelves: Solid storytelling and an interesting look into wartime and post- WW2 Hong Kong.
I think I 've just read too many stories set in Hong Kong and this one didn't sing for me.
Jul 20, Sherilyn Siy rated it did not like it. Difficulties real and imagined can cause a person to experience stress and anxiety in their daily life. Problems with friends, family, school, or work can trigger intense dreams as can big events like getting married or buying a house. Stressed caused by traumatic events, such as a death of a loved one , sexual abuse, or a car accident can also cause vivid dreams.
Anxiety, in particular, is associated with an increased risk of disturbing and intense nightmares. Changes to your sleep schedule, such as flying overseas and going to sleep at a different time or getting less sleep than usual, can also increase this risk.
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There are some medications that have been reported to contribute to vivid dreams. Using alcohol in excess, using recreational drugs, or experiencing a withdrawal from drugs can trigger vivid dreams, often nightmares. In addition to stress and anxiety, other mental health conditions, such as depression and schizophrenia , are associated with vivid dreams. Physical illnesses, like heart disease and cancer , have also been associated with vivid dreams. Many pregnant women say they experience vivid dreams, especially during the early days of their pregnancy.
Normally, vivid dreams are nothing to worry about. Sometimes they may only affect you during a certain part of your life. But negative vivid dreams, especially if they last for weeks or months, can be emotionally disturbing and disruptive to your sleep. And that can cause health problems.
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In many cases, these dreams will go away over time. But if your vivid dreams are causing you emotional distress or physical problems, you might benefit from medical treatment or lifestyle modifications. Schedule an appointment with your doctor or a sleep specialist to try to determine what treatments or lifestyle modifications are right for you. If your vivid dreams are caused by an underlying mental or physical health condition, you can reduce your risk of vivid dreams by treating that condition. Eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, drinking enough water, and looking after your mental health can help prevent vivid dreams.
Everyone experiences stress and anxiety, but some people are better at coping with it than others. If you feel that your stress and anxiety levels are out of control, you might want to consider:. A racing mind can result in vivid dreams and sometimes nightmares. This treatment is often used for people experiencing vivid dreams, especially nightmares, as a result of trauma. Your mental healthcare provider will ask you to continue playing over the new, nonthreatening ending to the dream in your mind.
However, in the case of nightmares induced by trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, a doctor may consider prescribing sleeping medication or anti-anxiety medication to help induce sleep. Many women experience insomnia during the first and last trimester of pregnancy.
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