peanut130, April 14, 2009 (view all comments by peanut130)
Blink your eyes: a girlhood in a remote Moso society and young adulthood as China's Paris Hilton simply cannot be reconciled--but then, do they have to be? Try reading the endpapers by the co-author and anthropologist before reading the book. You may enjoy the story with more insight about the significance of Moso culture. Overall, Namu should stick with her roots; her storytelling is compelling, even rings of authenticity. Do we have to doubt its validity?
Hard to believe narcicissism is such a world wide phenomenon. Hard to believe we haven't heard more about the Moso.
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Hatburt, March 8, 2007 (view all comments by Hatburt)
This book is amazing
its about a girl who lives in a culture that is way different then most people know about and she is an amazing girl throught the story
you should read this book
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Back Bay Books -
by Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today,
"Beguiling....Namu describes a primitive and generous society that seems Utopian."
by Publishers Weekly,
"Most readers will find themselves rooting for Namu....While not a stylistic masterpiece, the book brims with vivid descriptions of a fascinating culture."
by Kristine Huntley, Booklist,
"A fascinating look at a unique culture and a determined, ambitious young woman. (Coauthor Mathieu's afterword provides more insight into Moso culture from an anthropological standpoint.)"
by School Library Journal,
"This memoir vividly conveys the bitter cold of mountain nights and strained relationships, along with the warmth of hearth, hospitality, and deep understanding. A fascinating glimpse at a unique culture and the melding of two worlds in a journey to adulthood."
by Lynn Freed, author of House of Women,
"At last, a memoir that delivers a life worth remembering!...This book enchanted me — the tale and the telling."
by Jill Wolfson, San Jose Mercury News,
"Haunting....[A] historical document of a unique time and place and the universal tale of a mother's fierce love and a daughter's attempt to straddle two worlds."
by Victoria Cass, author of Dangerous Women: Warriors, Grannies and Geishas of the Ming,
"An absolutely wonderful history of a woman and a place. I was stunned by the lineage of women described in this 'country of daughters' — by their complete control over the customs of love, family, and property. Somewhere between Kingston's Woman Warrior and Robert Graves's The White Goddess, this book creates a world of magic and ritual, song making and passion that has the powerful ring of truth."
by May-lee Chai, author of The Girl From Purple Mountain and My Lucky Face,
"Yang and Mathieu have written a fascinating portrait of a young girl who grows up in a matrilineal society in a remote region of China and becomes a star. Leaving Mother Lake will take readers on an incredible journey to a part of the world most of us never knew existed."
This remarkable memoir transports us to the remote reaches of the Himalayas, to a place the Chinese call "the country of daughters," to the home of the Moso, a society in which women rule men. According to local tradition, marriage is considered a foreign practice; property is passed from mother to daughter; a matriarch oversees each family's customs, rituals, and economies. In this culture a young girl enjoys extraordinary freedoms — but the impulsive, restless Namu is driven to leave her mother's house, to venture out into the larger world, defying the tradition that holds Moso culture together. Leaving Mother Lake is a book filled with drama, strangeness, and beauty. Yet for all the exoticism, Namu's story is a universal tale of mothers and daughters — the battles that drive them apart and the love that brings them back together.
- The hardcover edition of LEAVING MOTHER LAKE debuted at #3 on the San Francisco Chronicle's bestseller list.- A revelation of a culture virtually unknown in the West, a contemporary society in which women enjoy true sexual and economic freedom.- A huge international success, with rights sold in England, Finland, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Sweden.- Hardcover
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