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A Thousand Pieces of Gold: My Discovery of China's Character in Its Proverbs

A Thousand Pieces of Gold: My Discovery of China's Character in Its Proverbs By Adeline Yen Mah A Thousand Pieces of Gold My Discovery of China s Character in Its Proverbs In this poignant memoir the New York Times bestselling author of Falling Leaves Adeline Yen Mah provides a fascinating window into the history and cultural soul of China Combining personal reflectio

  • Title: A Thousand Pieces of Gold: My Discovery of China's Character in Its Proverbs
  • Author: Adeline Yen Mah
  • ISBN: 9780060006419
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Thousand Pieces of Gold: My Discovery of China's Character in Its Proverbs By Adeline Yen Mah In this poignant memoir the New York Times bestselling author of Falling Leaves, Adeline Yen Mah, provides a fascinating window into the history and cultural soul of China Combining personal reflections, rich historical insights, and proverbs handed down to her by her grandfather, Yen Mah shares the wealth of Chinese civilization with Western readers Exploring the historIn this poignant memoir the New York Times bestselling author of Falling Leaves, Adeline Yen Mah, provides a fascinating window into the history and cultural soul of China Combining personal reflections, rich historical insights, and proverbs handed down to her by her grandfather, Yen Mah shares the wealth of Chinese civilization with Western readers Exploring the history behind the proverbs, she delves into the lives of the first and second emperors and the two rebel warriors who changed the course of Chinese life, adding stories from her own life to beautifully illustrate their relevance and influence today.
    A Thousand Pieces of Gold: My Discovery of China's Character in Its Proverbs By Adeline Yen Mah

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    1. Bookshop on said:

      A friend was raving about this book and lent it to me Initially, I was rather skeptical after the success of Wild Swan , there were tons of me too books wailing about the hardship of living under Communist China and how they got new lives overseas One of which, I thought, was Adeline Yen Mah s Falling Leaves.But I had to eat my words This is a very good book 1 3 autobiography, 1 3 chinese history, 1 3 proverb explanation Weaving two parts autobiography and chinese history, ancient and modern aro [...]

    2. Laurel on said:

      If you have any interest in China or Chinese history, this is a great book for you It s interesting, informative, and well written, but not heavy reading at all.

    3. Lucy B on said:

      Biography of an unwanted Chinese girl Adeline is a real fighter You won t only read her story, you ll feel it One of my favorite books.

    4. Kathy on said:

      I love anything this author writes I enjoyed the history, culture and proverbs from this book.

    5. Jinbin on said:

      Adeline Yen Mah has become one of my favorite author After reading her novel Falling Leaves, I was fascinated by her storytelling and how she recalled her childhood experiences In A Thousands Pieces of Gold, Yen Mah provides the history and culture of China combined with her own personal experiences and the proverbs learned from her Ye Ye grandfather In the book, she writes about the first and second emperors of China and as well as two warriors and constantly compared Mao Zhe Dong with them Yen [...]

    6. Toni on said:

      The story of a young girl who s father, although he calls her his treasure, ultimatly sells her when the family face famine in China in the 1870 s She ends up sold again, comes to America where she is enslaved until she is eventually lost and ultimatly won in a poker game From her very grim beginnings, Lalu Polly triumphs as an inspiring woman a true heroine.

    7. Richard Grayson on said:

      A Memoir of China s past through it s Proverbs.This book was written by Adeline Yen Mah I have written a review on her first book Falling Leave.When she was young, her Ye Ye grand father taught her and told her stories of China s history through proverbs This book i think is her dedication to her Ye Ye With each proverb for each chapter , tells us the stories of the rise of First Emperor Qin of China till the fall of his empire, in between she also wrote about her life and China during Chairman [...]

    8. Vivian on said:

      Interesting but annoying Of course I can t expect this book to be a perfectly researched primer of Chinese proverbs, but at the same time I think we could ask for professionalism in many, many ways.I think part of my dislike stems from my disbelief about how confident this book s tone is, how much it demands our unquestioning belief But of course that s exactly what that general was thinking over 2000 years ago, and now we ve been given a perfect translation of those ancient Chinese words into [...]

    9. Vivian on said:

      The library houses this volume in the folk literature, fairy tales, and proverbs section, which somehow piqued my curiosity I would say it falls into either autobiography or history of China, but had it been in either of those places I would never have picked it up The author is best known for her two autobiographical works FALLING LEAVES and CHINESE CINDERELLA.I found her personal applications of the proverbs her grandfather taught her which spring from the time of the 1st Emperor and the wars [...]

    10. M. on said:

      I have mixed feelings about this book and am giving it 3.5 stars I loved the telling of ancient Chinese history through its proverbs aspect as well as the snippets comparing that history to Mao s era and today I feel I came away from this book knowing about China and factors that have influenced its people over the generations and interested to learn Where I lost interest was in her personal family outtakes At first I enjoyed them and saw the value in continuing the explanation of the proverbs [...]

    11. Sascha on said:

      A Thousand Pieces of Gold is essentially a commentary of Sima Qian s Historical Records, or Shiji The writing is, at times, extremely tedious and the personal testimonies are unnecessary, detracting from what could have otherwise been a very elegant book Nevertheless I respect that it would have taken great courage and determination to write this book, and that the Author s stories about why these proverbs are so important obviously matter to her even if the point is never properly made to the a [...]

    12. Melanie on said:

      This book is actually pretty good, I don t know why it took me so long to read it Perhaps it was because of its own style, that alternates between Adeline s story and tales of the Chinese Warrying States period.I enjoyed how she put each proverb into context with either her own life, the war or even the Cultural Revolution, but at some times I struggled to understand why the hell she decided to put the Chinese phrase rather than the translated version It gave me the same feeling I have whenever [...]

    13. Lyn Haines on said:

      A Thousand Pieces of Gold My Discovery of China s Character in Its Proverbs is fascinating blend of memoir and history written by Adeline Yen Mah the author of Falling Leaves The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter The best proverbs come from our history Proverbs mirror the past to benefit the present.

    14. Eden R on said:

      While the decades of Chinese history begin to feel much the same after chapters and chapters of battles, schemes, usurping of thrones, and beheadings, the repetitive nature of the subject is no fault of Yen Mah, whose handling of her narrative structure is excellent The way in which she interweaves her own life, the history of the First Emperor, and the history of Mao Zedong allows all three subjects to complement and support one another, giving the reader a strong sense of the circular nature o [...]

    15. Bob Reed on said:

      This is an incredibly sweet and wonderful book The author weaves her personal life into a collection of famous Chinese proverbs, at the same time taking the reader through the early history of China, including the coming to power of the First Emperor of China, and ending with the establishment of the Han Dynasty Oh, and did I mention that the author relates the book to current events in history, and an evaluation of Mao Zse Tung Breathtaking And it s the kind of book that I love history, biograp [...]

    16. Holly on said:

      Adeline Yen Mah gives you ancient Chinese proverbs and then relates them to Chinese history,specifically the beginnings of the first two emperors of China and then the establishment of the Han Dynasty She also does a little compare and contrast with the first emperor and Mao Tse tung She also adds stories of her own life to help illustrate their relevance to today Worth reading just for the abbreviated biography of the author She was born in China but most of her family left for Honk Kong during [...]

    17. Carol on said:

      Having read Falling Leaves, I looked forward to reading another of Yen Mah s books My disappointment in this book stems from a definite relationship to her first book Undoubtedly, she had a harsh childhood and is a very bright woman I won t take away from that, but I will look to enjoying anything she writes that tells me she has moved beyond that bizarre childhood and is relishing her successful life She has way to much too offer to spend her days wallowing in something she cannot change.

    18. Shu Lindsey on said:

      the renowned British poet Philip Larkin described Chinese proverbs as white dwarfs of literature because each was so densely compacted with thoughts and ideas He said that the enormous heat radiated by these small stars is equivalent to the vast knowledge and profound wisdom contained in certain sayings gleaned from China General Meng Tian, who built the Great Wall, supposedly first invented the writing brush by binding rabbit or camel hair to a wooden shaft with string and glue and using pine s [...]

    19. Anne on said:

      As someone who is fascinated with Chinese history, I love this book that delves into the origins of Chinese proverbs Many of the proverbs are based on actual historical events, while others reflect universal human values Yen Mah has created a great resource I found her writing a bit tedious though, and have to confess I didn t read this book completely through I will keep it as a resource though, because it references important linguistic features of Chinese that one encounters often while study [...]

    20. Jo on said:

      he majority of Chinese proverbs are drawn from the 1st century, when the First King of all China established his leadership over the whole country and its warring kingdoms In ancient China, a scholar s conversation would be studded with appropriate sayings, and a man s status in society would be defined by his use and knowledge of proverbs In modern China, much of this is still true, and proverbs are used daily.

    21. Patrick on said:

      I would rate this book 1.5 stars only because it provided a good introduction to the history of the Warring States period I was not very interested in the author s family history and I had issues with her interpretations on China s history and some of her editorial comments on Mao Maybe it s because I had not read the author s autobiography, Falling Leaves, and therefore was not familiar with the back stories on her family their actions.

    22. JiaMin Luo on said:

      I expected from this book After finished reading Chinese Cinderella and Falling Leaves, I am obesessed with her autobiographies So I decided to read this book, A Thousand Piece of Gold This book has a lot of Chinese phases and Chinese history I do not recommend it to people who do not like history or Chinese culture My favorite part of the book is when Adeline applied the chinese phases to his own life.

    23. Mike on said:

      Read while still in school and reread recently while on vacation to Taiwan and Hong Kong A fascinating way of putting so much information into context for the unfamiliar reader and a great way to introduce yourself to Chinese history and culture Adeline Yen Mah s writing is excellent and the story she has to tell is unique and engaging.

    24. The Greatone on said:

      Ah yes, this is my favorite book by Adeline Yen Mah, I absolutely loved learning about ancient Chinese history and proverbs, it s like you re learning a whole new language It s great I highly recommend it

    25. Vivek on said:

      In this book Adeline Yen Mah does well to blend proverb etymology with her life story and Chinese history At times though, the historical component lacks dimension and perhaps could have been shortened Still, a good read if you like proverbs.

    26. Mary Gilmartin on said:

      This book gave me insight into the proverbs that the author gleaned from the writings of Sima Qian Adeline Yen Mah s personal reflections with the history behind this provided a window into the Chinese mind Reference, Chapter 3 Jing Xi Zi Zhi Respect and cherish written word

    27. Aaron on said:

      Really enjoying the Chinese history behind the proverbs The intermixing with her life parts were fine, but the proverbs and their historical origins were fascinating.

    28. Jo on said:

      going to read this in preparation for visiting the british museum next month

    29. Amanda on said:

      A mix of Chinese history and memoir While the historical parts were very interesting, the author s recounting of her endlessly angsty family life became wearying.

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