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3.0 out of 5 stars A good but clipped account of China's dynamic labour force., 14 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Factory Girls: Voices from the Heart of Modern China (Kindle Edition)
I wanted to love this book because the subject fascinates me, as China moves onwards and upwards, however this book is predominantly a jumble of the issues raised and does not follow a more linear style, which would have been useful. For one thing the author detracts from the stories by speaking at length about her own family roots, and whilst her roots are broadly related to the theme of the book - it is quite tangential to the central theme of the consequences (positive and negative) of China's employment migration patterns. Not to take anything away from the author, but the self-referential style tries to staple one story onto another - and her own family's struggles (which are quite unique and worthy of an exploration) would have better suited another book.

The organisation of the book is also poor, in the sense that the author presumably tries to replicate the fragmentary lifestyle of the migrants by following a saccharin perambulating format, drifting into lives and drifting out again.

Further to this, which is presumably a journalistic trait, the author repeats central messages multiple times through the book - so any form of subtlety is absent. It is quite painful at times, as the same sentences are repeated, in the same italicised font at multiple places. This sledgehammer approach to being didactic is especially patronising.

However, I did finish the book and it was a worthy read overall.
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