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More to it than you think,
This review is from: Crossing (Paperback)
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For a first attempt this is a very good book. The story is very much told from the main protagonists viewpoint, Xing the son of Chinese immigrants. A lot of focus from previous reviewers has focussed on the serial killer element and the was it/wasn't it him question. And yes, you are left wondering at the end although on the surface the author seems to make it quite clear. But,we can never be sure that the information we have (from Xing directly) is trustworthy, and therfore can we reach the right conclusion? Very clever.
BUT, what I think has been overlooked by a lot of reviewers is that this book is about more than that. Underneath it all there is a story about a Chinese immigrant family chasing the american dream - and failing miserably. Its about the family relationship, about love won and lost. The last pages I found particularly profound, because it explains a lot about why Xing is so angry, and the loss (and guilt) he feels about his fathers death and his estrangement from his mother.
A painting is mentioned in this book, and Xing is encouraged to see beyond the obvious and look at the painting within the painting. I am sure the author has meant this as a clue for us, the reader, to look at the story within the story. Which is a very moving story indeed.