Army doctor Lin Kong is married to Shuyu and whilst he spends most of his time away from home for his job, his wife is left to care for his dying parents and raise their daughter. He falls in love with Manna Wu, a nurse at the hospital where he works, but he must divorce his wife first. Each year Shuyu agrees to a divorce, but once they reach the courthouse, she changes her mind. Will Lin and Manna ever be together?
This was one of those books that I found. In fact I believe it came from one of those free bookshelves and I only picked it up because I liked the cover. As previously established, the cover is all I need to take a chance.
Anyway, as usual, I didn’t know a thing about this book when I started reading it but it didn’t take me long before I was loving in the story. The narrative flowed seamlessly and the characters were easy to picture.
What I think is super interesting is the fact that there’s no bad guy, there’s no villain, there’s not really any climax, but a simple story of an almost simple life. I loved the insight it gave into Chinese culture and how I could immerse myself in the era. There were moments of confusion before clarity based solely on the fact that I wasn’t familiar with some of the customs or way of life, but it was a great learning curve.
I enjoyed how, as a reader, I felt like I was being given an authentic insight into the Chinese culture through the author and their own background. However, I will admit I didn’t like any of the characters very much, which is unusual considering I did enjoy the book.
To me they just seemed to have too much of a conflict. The main character… was cheating on his wife, and the mistress … was playing hard to get. But everything was so civilised. His unattractive wife back home on the farm was also an unsympathetic character.
Although the characters weren’t very likeable, I enjoyed that this didn’t really matter to the actually storyline.
This was another quick read and something a little different considering the mainstream of fiction at the moment so I would definitely recommend it.
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