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2.0 out of 5 stars Too self-involved by half, 24 Oct 2012
This review is from: Lake with No Name: A True Story of Love and Conflict in Modern China (Paperback)
I approached this book with great expectations having seen an interview with the author on TV.

What a disappointment!

Th writing style is very uneven and reveals periodic flights of self-conscious attempts at lyricism that jar with the more generally pedestrian narrative.

Of greater concern, the author has little to no insight into her own or others' thoughts or emotions, despite her bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology. Even worse, her tentative, sporadic and very modest involvement with political events is viewed in her mind as being of great moment, even though she was really never very involved nor put herself in any direct danger. In contrast, the constant emphasis is on pursuit of her very-important career.

It is a pity that this book is so shallow in its political analysis, and so self-involved as a supposed love story. The final meeting in New York City after many years with the object of her dreams is embarrassing in its tawdriness. I felt real pity for the poor guy who failed to measure up to her expectations. Perhaps her mystery nooks are more successful because less demanding of personal insight.
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