A Concubine for the Family



A Concubine for the Family The Novel Covers A Tumultuous Era In Chinese History Beginning In 1937 And Ending In 1941 It Also Explores The Circumstances Surrounding The True Life Event Of My Grandmother S Gift Of A Concubine To My Grandfather On His Birthday To Enhance The Chance Of An Heir To The Family.

A graduate of St John s University BA and Vassar College MA She is retired from teaching in Bennett College and Dutchess Community College She has twice won the Talespinner Competition sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Journal One of the judges, Michael Korda, commented Has a very strong cultural appeal, and gives the reader a quick, instant understanding of Chinese values, and how they diff

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  • 396 pages
  • A Concubine for the Family
  • Amy S. Kwei
  • English
  • 13 October 2017

10 thoughts on “A Concubine for the Family

  1. Amy says:

    A great look at an amazing country and people on the verge of great change Following one family on the out break of WW2, trying to hold on to traditional values while also attepmting to give their children the best advantage to the future The author does an amazing job giving us insight into cultrue, traditions, and se...

  2. Rachel Barnard says:

    The Huang family is without an heir In early to mid 19th century China, this has grave consequences for the old traditions Purple Jade has the humility, dignity, and pragmatism to bring an heir to the Huangs in any culturally justified means available a Concubine for the Family.The violence in this book was softened The cultural shock was softened The bad guy was ambiguous Amy Kwei chose to soften the blow of the violence in this book by using a mellowing narrative voice I thought it was fitting for the author to soften her words and perspective softening the truth perhaps , because the characters and persons in the book showed considerable restraint Where you or I would lash out in voice or action, Purple Jade held her peace and showed that she was considering both sides to a situation in her thoughts The author describes this as a concept of fixing yourself before fixing the world By cultivating oneself, we can regulate the family by regulating the family, we can govern the state by governing the state, we can bring peace on earth When order and kindness direct the world, heaven will be pleased Page 326 What a wonderful concept that everyone should adopt, at least in part, and the world would be a better place.Perhaps the bad guy was not a single person, but actions of people or actions of a country Perhaps it is fate or old traditions Perhaps it is the concept of war Kwei gives the reader much to ponder by not handi...

  3. Rachel Barnard says:

    The Huang family is without an heir In early to mid 19th century China, this has grave consequences for the old traditions Purple Jade has the humility, dignity, and pragmatism to bring an heir to the Huangs in any culturally justified means available a Concubine for the Family.The violence in this book was softened The cultural shock was softened The bad guy was ambiguous Amy Kwei chose to soften the blow of the violence in this book by using a mellowing narrative voice I thought it was fitting for the author to soften her words and perspective softening the truth perhaps , because the characters and persons in the book showed considerable restraint Where you or I would lash out in voice or action, Purple Jade held her peace and showed that she was considering both sides to a situation in her thoughts The author describes this as a concept of fixing yourself before fixing the world By cultivating oneself, we can regulate the family by regulating the family, we can govern the state by governing the state, we can bring peace on earth When order and kindness direct the world, heaven will be pleased Page 326 What a wonderful concept that everyone should adopt, at least in part, and the world would be a better place.Perhaps the bad guy was not a single person, but actions of people or actions of a country Perhaps it is fate or old traditions Perhaps it is the concept of war Kwei gives the reader much ...

  4. Megan says:

    Gorgeous saga of a Chinese family caught in between their own traditions and the western world, with war looming on the horizon Many different characters with different opinions help show the many schools of thought swirling around China in the late 1930s.

  5. Alvaro Lemus says:

    It was a good book, though the author started with one novel and ended with something completely different I enjoyed it, but still think the book could ve been written in two separate novels.

  6. John Zhou says:

    As a Chinese American, I had heard from family members about the plight of China in the time before and during World War II Their stories were sometimes tragic and sometimes heroic but always engrossing A Concubine for the Family takes these stories to another level with a colorful cast of characters and vivid language that is authentic to the words and phrases used by the Chinese people Amy Kwei draws the reader in with her adroit telling of the hardships of internecine conflict coupled with the magnificence of the indomitable human spirit in the face of adversity That she does so by focusing on a specific fa...

  7. Sharon Stine says:

    This immerses you in Chinese history, culture and landscape at a time of turmoil.

  8. Amy Kwei says:

    By Wellington D.K Chan, Ph.D., NEH Distinguished Professor of Humanities Emeritus, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CAJuly, 2016This review is from A Concubine for the Family A Family Saga in China Paperback I was much impressed by Amy s careful attention to the historical background for the events that happened during that period in her novel She also did good research that provided her with accurate factual information such as foot binding and how bound feet had to be managed and taken care of They lend verisimilitude, which to me is all the important since the audience comes from individuals who are mostly unfamiliar with Chinese cultural values Novels dealing with traditional Chinese values tend to display a maudlin concern when describing family relationships Amy successfully avoids this pitfall, for the old traditions were often set against the westernized influences brought in by their daughters from the missionary school and from ...

  9. patricia w wiktorek says:

    ChinaThis story explains the tragedy of the rape of China by the western and eastern powers of the day Purple Jade and her family had to learn new ways, endure the losses and death of members of their family and death of the family itself Purple Jade was the strength of this sad group to the end.

  10. Margo says:

    I am disappointed at where this left off What happened

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