True stories of glamour, drama, and tragedy told through five generations of a Shanghai family, from the last days of imperial rule to the Cultural Revolution.
A high position bestowed by China’s empress dowager grants power and wealth to the Sun family. For Isabel, growing up in glamorous 1930s and ’40s Shanghai, it is a life of utmost privilege. But while her scholar father and fashionable mother shelter her from civil war and Japanese occupation, they cannot shield the family forever.
When Mao comes to power, eighteen-year-old Isabel journeys to Hong Kong, not realizing that she will make it her home—and that she will never see her father again. She returns to Shanghai fifty years later with her daughter, Claire, to confront their family’s past—one they discover is filled with love and betrayal, kidnappers and concubines, glittering palaces and underworld crime bosses.
Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, Remembering Shanghai follows five generations from a hardscrabble village to the bright lights of Hong Kong. By turns harrowing and heartwarming, this vivid memoir explores identity, loss and redemption against an epic backdrop.
Remembering Shanghai is an incredible, entertaining, and insightful memoir that will take readers on a journey back in time that will be unlike anything a reader has read before. Remembering Shanghai is written by the authors Isabel Sun Chao & Claire Chao who throughout Remembering Shanghai will share their complex and rich family history and the result is an eye-opening and sensational read that will captivate you from beginning to end! That is why I already recommend this wonderful book to you, however, if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more!
Remembering Shanghai is an incredible book that will take its readers back in time to pre-communist China to the 1930s and it is here that we embark on a captivating journey told by mother and daughter author duo, Isabel Sun Chao & Claire Chao. Together they take us through their family history, going back five generations to Shanghai where the reader will be immersed in the life of Isabel Sun Chao and all that she experiences during this time.
In Remembering Shanghai, the reader will learn from the authors all about their family history which saw the Sun family being bestowed by wealth many decades ago which saw the Sun family live in privilege. Isabel grew up in the 30s and 40s in Shanghai and it is here that her parents tried to shield her from the horrors occurring in the world including Japanese occupation and civil war. However it wasn’t enough and this ultimately forced Isabel to flee to Hong Kong at just eighteen and without knowing it, Hong Kong would become her home where her daughter would eventually be born.
Together the mother and daughter author duo will share their journey on how they embarked on a journey down memory lane as they confront their family’s past, and all that occurred during this time – including many scandalous things! It makes for a sensational and breathtaking novel that not only tells you about one family’s fascinating history but also historically informs you of all that took place during this time. The result is a fantastic memoir that will move and inspire you as well as inform you with its historical accuracy, and this book lovers is the short premise of the wonderful Remembering Shanghai!
Remembering Shanghai is a sensational book that read beautifully and moved, captivated, and compelled me from start to finish. What I also adored about the book was how informative it was as it brazenly shares the real-life experiences of the Sun family and can hook you from the very start.
Because of this and much more, it makes Remembering Shanghai a profound and standout book that many readers will feel a host of different emotions while reading. Isabel Sun Chao & Claire Chao effortlessly inspire thoughts and feelings in their readers as well as compel them to read from beginning to end. I found myself reading Remembering Shanghai at an alarming rate because it was captivating as well as engrossing!
The profoundness of Remembering Shanghai is sensational, and many readers will feel a host of different emotions while reading this book. Isabel Sun Chao & Claire Chao effortlessly inspire thoughts and feelings in their readers as well as compel them to read from beginning to end. I found myself reading Remembering Shanghai at an alarming rate because it was captivating as well as absorbing; Isabel Sun Chao & Claire Chao’s incredible literature will have you turning the pages frantically, and I adored how they were able to do this.
Isabel Sun Chao & Claire Chao are remarkable people for two reasons; the first is because they are honest and brave to write their family history, and the second is because they are exceptionally talented authors! Isabel Sun Chao & Claire Chao’s excellent writing is a joy to read and flows beautifully throughout so that the reader will feel compelled to read non-stop. The life lessons learned from Isabel Sun Chao & Claire Chao in Remembering Shanghai will help readers better navigate through their own lives, and that is so beautiful to me because it is rare to come across a memoir that will not only entertain but also help readers.
To conclude my thoughts on the incredible Remembering Shanghai, I would say Remembering Shanghai is an insightful, informative, and inspiring book and I would say if you are a reader who is interested in the topics explored as well as Chinese history, then this book is for you, and so Remembering Shanghai gets five stars from me! Be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers, you won’t regret it!
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