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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Masterpiece, 29 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter (Paperback)
Chinese Cinderella is a memoir of Adeline Yen Mah's early life. It is a true and moving account of Adeline's childhood up to the age of fourteen, dating from 1941 to 1952. The story describes growing up in Tianjin, Shanghai, and later on, Hong Kong in Japanese-occupied China when there was the civil war between the communists and the nationalists.

Her family discriminated against her, considering her bad luck when her mother died giving birth. Her life was controlled by her cruel, prejudiced step-mother who made her struggle for acceptance that much harder. Her beloved Aunt Baba was the only one who paid her any attention. Living with six brothers and sisters, she found the only way to be noticed by her father was by topping her class every week, which she continued to do for the rest of her life.

The reader follows Adeline through the ups and downs of her childhood and feels the emotions that run through her fingers and on to the pages of the autobiography. This story is completely gripping and conveys such sadness, but Adeline fights to be heard to prove her worth so that the reader longs for her to find happiness and to conquer her demons.

I loved this book - if only there were more pages than a brief 200-odd. Chinese Cinderella is a sad, memorable and enjoyable book and it is a credit to Adeline Yen Mah. I recommend it to all ages from 10 upwards. Adults should not turn their noses up at it. Experience this beautiful story.
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