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Factory Girls: Voices from the Heart of Modern China Kindle Edition
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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.
Factory girls is a well researched and very readable book. recommended.
From the start, the story of modern China is personified in the various characters that the author follows around, this makes the book very readable and easy to connect with. Even though the characters are imaginable, their situations are very difficult to picture and their attitudes are even harder to empathise with. Industrial China is far removed from our world, although in some ways there is a lot of commonality.
I've never been to China but the descriptions from friends who have been tally with this book, with one of the main impressions being the pace of life and the fast changes - "everything is in the process of becoming something else". The atmosphere created is exactly how I think it is at the moment, plenty of people on the move and relationships all very short. Some people are brought into the narrative and disappear very quickly, never to be mentioned again.
The author digresses away from the story of the factory girls as she takes the opportunity to investigate and report on her family's history. This is not completely in the spirit of the book but does give the chance to present a whistle stop summary of Chinese modern history, giving a background to the personal stories. I got quite confused in this section, a family tree would have been great as all the the Zhangs started to merge at one point.
Great book which is very accessible.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honestly couldn't put this book down. Really give you an insight to how different the culture is there.Published 1 month ago by Ruby
The book filled me with equal measures of despair for the women that end up trapped with no out. Also hope for those that have the independence and curiosity to strive for... Read morePublished 7 months ago
Very interesting story, both of the author and the factory girls she met.Published 12 months ago by Christine
A fascinating project, the book provides a sensitive insight into the world of migrant workers. It is desperately important material, given the paucity, in English, of inside... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Strangerbird
Ever wondered where the workforce to make your cheap consumer goods comes from? The answer is rural China. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dr. D. M. Hunt
useful book. Took me a while to get through it, but great insights into modern china in transition.Published 18 months ago by Kenneth A. Gordon
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