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Dragon Springs Road: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2017; vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Janie Chang (Tekijä)

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From the author of Three Souls comes a vividly imagined and haunting new novel set in early 20th century Shanghai--a story of friendship, heartbreak, and history that follows a young Eurasian orphan's search for her long-lost mother. That night I dreamed that I had wandered out to Dragon Springs Road all on my own, when a dreadful knowledge seized me that my mother had gone away never to return . . . In 1908, Jialing is only seven years old when she is abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate near Shanghai. Jialing is zazhong--Eurasian--and faces a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. Without her mother's protection, she can survive only if the estate's new owners, the Yang family, agree to take her in. Jialing finds allies in Anjuin, the eldest Yang daughter, and Fox, an animal spirit who has lived in the haunted courtyard for centuries. But Jialing's life as the Yangs' bondservant changes unexpectedly when she befriends a young English girl who then mysteriously vanishes. Always hopeful of finding her long-lost mother, Jialing grows into womanhood during the tumultuous early years of the Chinese republic, guided by Fox and by her own strength of spirit, away from the shadows of her past. But she finds herself drawn into a murder at the periphery of political intrigue, a relationship that jeopardizes her friendship with Anjuin and a forbidden affair that brings danger to the man she loves.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Dragon Springs Road: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Janie Chang (Tekijä)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2017), 400 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 16) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Dragon Spring Road is a book that mixes two genres that I love; historical fiction and fantasy. I think adding the fantasy element of the Fox, an animal spirit to the story was a brilliant move. It gave the story something extra. Otherwise, we would have a traditional historical fiction tale, but now with the added mysticism, we get something a bit different.

The story of Jialing is a sad tale, she is left by her mother when she is a little girl and she is taking in by the family that moves in. However, she is not part of the family, she is a bondservant. But, she does grow up close to the daughter in the house. But, she also has a secret, Fox, an animal spirit that has lived in the courtyard is looking after her. And, she does need the extra help, it's not easy for a Eurasian child growing up in a world where everyone looks down at a mixed raced child.

Dragon Springs Road is a captivated story, I found Jialing story interesting, especially since it takes place in such a turbulent time in China. I did for a while think that the story spent a little too much time on Jialing as a child and the love story towards the end felt a bit rushed. Like the author realized that she had to add some happiness to Jialing by throwing in a man that she would love. I never felt that the romance part truly convinced me. However, it did find it made the ending sweet.

I think Dragon Springs Road is a good book. The story never dragged on, and I found myself taken with the ending when Jialing faced a hard decision. Her final thoughts at the end of the book are probably one of the reasons I ended giving the book 4-stars. It tipped the scale. That and that I love the fantasy elements of the story and reading about China is so fascinating.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
Compelling historical novel with some Chinese folklore I don't remember what exactly drew me to this book exactly but it seemed like it was time to pick this one up. At a time of great change in China (the book begins the same year the last Chinese Emperor, Puyi, ascends the throne), we are introduced to Jialing, a child abandoned by her mother. Jialing is Eurasian, at a time when mixed children of low class were often especially vulnerable to abandonment, put to work in factories or even sold to brothels. However, Jialing is lucky because her mother left money behind and she is found by a family willing to take her in as a servant.
 
And so we follow Jialing throughout her life as she grows up among the family and is lucky to receive an education. However, she cannot forget her mother or let go of the search. And so guided by an animal spirit, Fox, we follow Jialing in her journey for answers and happiness.
 
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. It's a compelling time and it's not something I knew much about. Major overarching events (the abdication, unrest, etc.) are in the background but a good reminder of the uncertainty that the characters faced was not limited to the story at hand. Jialing was sympathetic. Even though her quest to find answers takes quite a while to pick up (and arguably there's not a lot that happens conflict/story-wise) I found myself intrigued by where Jialing and the story was going. Secondary characters are also well-drawn: when it comes time to say goodbye to some I found myself a bit sad even if it seemed the characters themselves weren't very attached to each other.
 
However, the book does seem to grind to a bit of a halt maybe two-thirds of the way through. I wasn't quite sure where the author was going although the book eventually picks itself back up again. I'm not sure I really liked how that was constructed although it ties into the resolution for some of the secondary characters. The ends were perhaps a little too neatly tied together for me but overall I liked the book a lot.
 
I suppose the book is somewhere between a 3.5-4 stars but I decided to bump it up because all in all it was a good read. Be aware though, as you can imagine some of the topics might not always be pleasant. As a poor, mixed race servant girl, she doesn't have the protection of money. There is some violence, an attempted rape, a murder, a groping, deaths (both natural and unnatural), etc. The details aren't graphic but they're there.
 
So if you need a historical fiction read with a bit of Chinese folklore thrown in, this would be a nice pickup.
 
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  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
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Combining Chinese culture and folklore, this novel is about a young Euroasian girl, Jialing, who has been abandoned by her mother. Jialing’s mother was the mistress of a wealthy landowner who fell on hard times and was forced to sell the family estate. She knew that she would probably be sold to a brothel, so she left her daughter behind under the magical protection of Fox hoping that her daughter would be taken in by the new estate owners. And that is what happened. From that point on Jialing served as a bond servant to the new owners, was given education by a missionary school and given guidance by Fox. Even though this book is filled with magical realism, it is not silly, but is a good story that touches on class, race, women’s issues, love and murder. ( )
  little-sparrow | Jul 14, 2017 |
The choices we make as women tend to affect others for generations to come. Our daughters and the women around them carry the burden. The plight of women often causes us to make decisions based on the events that happen around us.

Dragon Spring Road follows the life of an abandoned child.

The year is 1908 and Jialing, a Eurasian child who is abandoned at the age of 7, by her mother. She had lived a sheltered life within the courtyard walls as her mother protected her from any ridicule or prejudice she would have encountered because of her mixed race. She has never ventured out of the courtyard.

The estate where Jailing lives is sold while she continues to live within the walls unbeknownst to the Yang family. The oldest daughter, Anjuin, takes Jailing under her wing and the family takes her on as a bondservant. Jailing is given a great opportunity to go to a school for orphans and find the ridicule and prejudice even from the other children. Yet she finds friendship with others.

She continues through her life dreaming that her mother will come back to her. She find refuge with Fox, a haunting spirit of the estate. Fox protects Jailing and gives her comfort and experience with the world that is outside the estate.

The hope and faith that builds and carries this little girl into her adult life is beyond words. She overcomes many obstacles and gives into some others but she persists and moves forward. At times she lost hope and found it renewed in others around her.

I truly enjoyed the prevalence of strong women characters throughout the book. From the Matriarch of the Yang family to the nuns who taught Jailing at the school. Jailing sees this strength and strives to create her own. She strives for her own survival and self reliance.
Happy Reading and Enjoy the Ride! ( )
  reemsf | Jun 6, 2017 |
Dragon Springs Road takes place in the early twentieth century China and follows the childhood of Jialing from age 7 when her mother abandons her through age 21.

Jialing and her mother reside in the Western Residence on Dragon Springs Road. On the day that her mother left Jialing, she burned incense and sat with the fox spirit who has lived in their courtyard for centuries. She promised to return but after 3 days she had not yet returned. Jialing does not leave the Western Residence because her mother told her never to do so. Jialing is Eurasian and is not accepted by society. A new family soon moves into the recently vacated Central Residence and Jialing meets a friend her age, Yang Anjuin. Anjuin becomes her best friend and introduces her to her grandmother, Grandmother Yang, and Jialing is hired as a bondservant to do housework in the Yang home in exchange for food and the few coins that her mother left her. Jialing continues to sleep in the Western Residence where she talks daily with the fox spirit and continues to wait for her mother to return.

When a new white family moves in to the Eastern Residence Jialing befriends their daughter Anna Shea. She soon learns that Mrs. Shea is unhappy living in Shanghai and takes it out on her husband and daughter with abusive behavior. After Anna mysteriously dies, the Sheas move and a group of teachers from a local Christian school move in. Jialing is offered an education and the Yangs agree to let her attend in exchange for money.

Jialing grows into adulthood, always relying on advice from the fox spirit and always looking for her long lost mother to return.

There is a lot more to this story than what I summarized. I found it to be engrossing and read it in one sitting. I loved the characters. Jialing and Anjuin are sympathetic characters as is Jialing's fox spirit friend. The story moves along at a nice pace with Jialing having to deal with many obstacles including racism. I have always been attracted to Asian fiction which is one reason why I loved this story. However, I must say that this is one of the best books that I have read in awhile. ( )
  Violette62 | May 13, 2017 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 16) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Like Chang’s first novel, Three Souls, this story has magical realism woven throughout in the form of a fox spirit who keeps Jialing safe and shows her what is possible in the world. The enthralling story includes gangsters, racism, corruption and more. It’s both a pleasure and an education to read this sensitive, intelligent novel.
 
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From the author of Three Souls comes a vividly imagined and haunting new novel set in early 20th century Shanghai--a story of friendship, heartbreak, and history that follows a young Eurasian orphan's search for her long-lost mother. That night I dreamed that I had wandered out to Dragon Springs Road all on my own, when a dreadful knowledge seized me that my mother had gone away never to return . . . In 1908, Jialing is only seven years old when she is abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate near Shanghai. Jialing is zazhong--Eurasian--and faces a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. Without her mother's protection, she can survive only if the estate's new owners, the Yang family, agree to take her in. Jialing finds allies in Anjuin, the eldest Yang daughter, and Fox, an animal spirit who has lived in the haunted courtyard for centuries. But Jialing's life as the Yangs' bondservant changes unexpectedly when she befriends a young English girl who then mysteriously vanishes. Always hopeful of finding her long-lost mother, Jialing grows into womanhood during the tumultuous early years of the Chinese republic, guided by Fox and by her own strength of spirit, away from the shadows of her past. But she finds herself drawn into a murder at the periphery of political intrigue, a relationship that jeopardizes her friendship with Anjuin and a forbidden affair that brings danger to the man she loves.

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