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On Gold Mountain Paperback – 2 Sep 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd (2 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099409828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099409823
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,750,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Astonishing....A comprehensive and exhaustively researched account of a Chinese-American family...that juggles such explosive elements as race, class, tradition, prejudice, poverty, and great wealth in new and relatively unexpected combinations."--The Los Angeles Times

"Lovingly rendered. . . . A vivid tableau of a family and an era." --People
"Terrific stuff. . . . The See family's adventures would be incredible if On Gold Mountain were fiction." --The New York Times Book Review
"Weaves together fascinating family anecdotes, imaginative details, and the historical details of immigrant life. . . . Enviably entertaining." --Amy Tan
"Astonishing. . . . as engagingly readable as any novel. . . . comprehensive and exhaustively researched." --Los Angeles Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lisa See is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net" (an Edgar Award nominee), "The Interior" and "Dragon Bones." She wrote the libretto for the Los Angeles Opera adaptation of On Gold Mountain and served as curator for the Autry Museum of Western Heritage's exhibit "On Gold Mountain: A Chinese American Experience, " also featured at the Smithsonian Institute. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I thought this book was going to be another memoir following the craze that has been present for some time. I found this book strayed away from my predictions, it is told in both first and third person which is a refreshing change. And yet this book has not chosen this narrative style to go against the grain but because Lisa See can. I could relate to this book because I am half Chinese and half white, her story had me gripped. But this book is not jst for a limited audience this chronical entertains anyone and everyone with aninterest in history and culture. BRILLIANT
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As usual Lisa See's book combines fantastic insight into the Chinese culture and with this one her family history is explored. Very different to her others books inasmuch as it is much more of a factual book but cleverly inter-twined with a fictional side. Difficult to explain but great to read.
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On Gold Mountain follows the See family from their early years in China to settling in America. It is a facinating read about the struggles faced by the family in their quest to earn money and fit into the Western society and touches on the traditions still kept up in an attempt not to loose their heritage.
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As someone who enjoys 'Who do you think you are' a story of a Chinese American family over four generations is a must read. I knew the Chinese built the rail road in the west but had not realised the extent of American prejudice and the laws against the Chinese in the last century. The impact of one Chinese patriarch was a revelation, and how others in the family came to terms with his influence and power was interesting. Not disappointed in the book.
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I have not read this book,reading it jacket I considered it as a good book for one of my friend who enjoys reading life's history's it seemed to have what I was looking for her, so it was one for the Christmas stocking filling
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Prompt delivery. Book was in excellent condition. The story was fascinating and enthralling all the way through. It gave a huge insight into the history of Chinese immigration to the USA and Chinese familys' cultural and economic experiences over time. It was difficult to put the book down at times as I was totally engrossed in the story. Highly recommended.
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I like the author Lisa See and have read most of her books. this was one I gave to my mother, my daughter, we and keep passing it on. It is a wonderfully written saga about a family and their history which takes you to another time and culture. It has been many years since I read this but going to order again preferably in Hardback so I don't part with it ... This time!
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A really interesting part of American history that one very rarely encounters in books Lisa See has encompassed everything from the building of the Pacific railway the pioneers and the gold rush to the early days of Hollywood and the role played by her family in events right up to the present day
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