Night of Many Dreams

Night of Many Dreams

Gail Tsukiyama / Feb 28, 2020
Night of Many Dreams Night of Many Dreams A Novel
  • Title: Night of Many Dreams
  • Author: Gail Tsukiyama
  • ISBN: 9780312199401
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback
  • Night of Many Dreams A Novel
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      • Gail Tsukiyama

        Born to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father in San Francisco, Gail Tsukiyama now lives in El Cerrito, California Her novels include Women of the Silk 1991 , The Samurai s Garden 1995 , Night of Many Dreams 1998 , The Language of Threads 1999 , Dreaming Water 2002 , and The Street of a Thousand Blossoms 2007.


    1. Night of Many Dreams was a little slow at first but the historical setting of Hong Kong in the early 1940 s kept me reading and I m glad I did I really enjoyed it Constant shifts in point of view by an omniscient narrator, sometimes even jumping a bit back in time from the last character s perspective, might be challenging for some I didn t find it disruptive, just different from your traditional linear story Night of Many Dreams probably wouldn t hold a lot of appeal to anyone looking for a lot [...]

    2. This is a book ultimately about Family.Of the two sisters, I ended up liking Joan I really didn t understand Emma s motivations towards the end, and I really didn t understand how she couldn t have found time to travel and see her family For fifteen years.When everything is said and done, it s the Family that stands by her during her darkest moments.Now to Tsukiyama s writing I actually enjoyed her writing, and except for a section by Auntie Go where we had to relive a few years after living th [...]

    3. I m usually a fan of Gail Tsukiyama s writing, but this was rather disappointing From the various perspectives to the weird chronology and multiple flashbacks, I simply could not get into it Because the story took place over such a long period of time, it felt rushed It got interesting towards the end, but this book was definitely hard to get through It took me a long time to finish because I kept stopping putting it down, which hardly ever happens, so it was pretty bad.

    4. I love Gail Tsukiyama and have read 3 other books of hers The Samurai s Garden being one of my all time favorite books Night of Many Dreams fell short of my expectations of her writing and yet I did enjoy the read I would give it 3.5 stars if I could.The first half of the book moved well with the tale of a family in Hong Kong during WWII and the Japanese occupation Gail has a way of making you see into the thoughts of her characters and be a part of their lives for a while As time progressed and [...]

    5. 2.5 stars This was likeable enough A little too light and simplistic for my tastes I did like the alternating stories, the idea of the two sisters growing up in Hong Kong from the 1940s to 1960s, trying to find their own ways while still respecting their mother s traditionalism This is my fifth book by Tsukiyama, and definitely not my favorite.

    6. 3.5 stars This is the second book by Tsukiyama that I ve read and I have enjoyed both Night of Many Dreams is a story of two sisters, Emma and Joan who are growing up in China They have different wishes for their lives and must also deal with their mother s wishes for them They re very close with their Aunt Go too The story begins when they re young children and follows them as they become adult women and begin their own lives It alternates perspectives between Emma, Joan, and occasionally Go I [...]

    7. My friend Marjorie just LOVES Gail Tsukiyama, so she chose this book for book club I liked it The characters are growing up in WWII China and each chapter flips between 3 main characters 2 sisters and their single aunt and the focus is the relationships between the sisters, their mother whose sole goal is to get them married off and their aunt, who owns her own knitting factory The writing is light and lovely, but I wasn t that connected to the characters seemed like they didn t have big emotion [...]

    8. This story follows a family two sisters, their mother, their aunt and their cook through 25 years of their lives A tale of love, losses and change.I fell in admiration of Gail Tsukiyama s books when I first read Women of the Silk From there I picked up a book here and there usually when I noticed them on the shelves at the bookstore or at Costco I never went out of my way to hunt them down.Her books are not rip roaring thrillers or slash em up horrors or even remotely fantasy related, but I stil [...]

    9. And I picked up Gail Tsukiyama s Night of Many Dreams somewhere in the last month or two I enjoyed three of her other novels and it is a light read in the vein of Lisa See s books This one follows two sisters in Hong Kong growing up during and after WWII I enjoyed the place portrayals of Hong Kong, Macao, San Francisco It was an easy, upbeat read which felt realistic enough to the time period and culture and did not devolve into major plot drama The story was interested in the two sisters, who [...]

    10. I am just on a roll here reading all the books on themes that I love Here is another exploration of the relationship that binds families set again in Hong Kong juxtaposed with North America The book was finished in a day the author s style is easy to read, very clear and uncomplicated Perhaps the story lacked stronger emotion and could have been a little detailed However, I felt that it accomplished its goals and it clearly gave us insight into this the lives of Joan and Emma It did seem to ski [...]

    11. This book was disappointing for me Altho dealing with an interesting subject, the author only gave me a dispassionate telling of pretty regular lives I didn t feel close to any of the characters, and life changing events just came and went w very little passion or discussion I probably won t remember this tale for very long It s a shame, because I really liked Women of the Silk.

    12. I loved this story Gail Tsukiyama remains one of my favorites Not wanting to give any spoilers let me just say this is a story about a family who survive dynamic change in their country and grow on separate paths as individuals while remaining at their very core loving toward each other While I m doubtful this exists any in reality it s nice to still keep the dream alive

    13. Reading this book was like watching a movie directed by Anh Hung Tran This book flows softly from word to word, chapter to chapter A warm journey into the lives of Emma and Joan and their Baba and Mah mee And of course Aunti Go Like an Anh Hung Tran movie it is slow sensual and emotional.

    14. Solid storytelling and an interesting look into wartime and post WW2 Hong Kong I think I ve just read too many stories set in Hong Kong and this one didn t sing for me.

    15. I had high hopes for this book seeing all the positive reviews from major newspapers It felt like a reporting of a series of events and had no depth to the story or the characters The characters were flat as carboard For example, Mah mee was a nagging mom, beautiful even when she aged, and always unhappy with her daughter s life choices There isn t anything to Mah mee even though her character had potential for a lot of depth When the story drags, the author picks it up by throwing in some dram [...]

    16. This is my second book by Gail Tsukiyama, and I loved it just as much as the first The Samurai s Garden The thing I like the most is that the writing completely transports me to another place and time The descriptions and details just paint such a vivid picture that it s easy to imagine you are there, living that life, feeling what they re feeling I felt like I could relate to a lot of the characters, and similar to the last book, I was really emotionally moved by the end of it If you re looking [...]

    17. Mijn derde boek van Tsukiyama en ik geraak meer en meer betoverd door haar verhalen, schrijfstijl, manier waarop ze personages uitwerkt.In dit boek volgen we twee zussen in China, in de periode tussen 1940 en 1965 De oorlog speelt een rol, maar ook de modernisering van omgangsvormen, een stuk feminisme, enz Heel, heel erg mooi.En omdat ik merk dat de boeken van Tsukiyama niet meer gedrukt worden, heb ik via Bol tweedehands nog drie boeken van haar besteld Voor mij zijn haar boeken must haves.

    18. Unlike most of Gail Tsukiyama s stories, this tale over simplified the relationship between members of a family I felt the character descriptions were minimal and thus did not invite the reader into the story All too often, I felt emotionally distant from the characters and was unable to really feel anything for Joan and Emma when they struggled or they lost their mates.The one redeeming element of the story was the special bond the women shared and the support they had for one another despite g [...]

    19. Another book from outside my usual choices though this is a bit post modern, I enjoyed it I don t normally enjoy slice of life tales, because I prefer a beginning, a middle and an end I want stories that are NOT true to life I enjoyed this in spite of it not having a definite beginning, etc because it is a well written story in an exotic setting with strong female characters.

    20. Beautiful writing as usual Tsukiyama writes about family bonds and tradition like nobody else The women in her books make you want to jump into the story and be their friend, help them, argue with them, laugh and cry with them She takes us on a journey from old Hong Kong to modern times with love and joy, sorrow and pain More please.

    21. Nine year old Emma and her sister, fourteen year old Joan, live a pretty luxurious life in Hong Kong, until war intrudes With Japan invading Hong Kong and snatching it away from Britain, Emma and her family move to the Portuguese colony Macao, where Emma meets her best friend, and Joan tries to drown herself in cooking to escape from a morale shattering incident that happened just before they left After the war, however, their mom sends Joan out on countless dates so that Joan can get married bu [...]

    22. A great novel from beginning to end TTsukiyama s story telling is smooth as silk as she tells the Lew sisters and their family, at a period and places that are close to my heart.Thank you for a pleasant reading.

    23. This book made me think about the bond family has In this book, Emma and Joan have a very special bond Emma always looks up to Joan because of her bravery and courage Joan loves Emma because of her kindness and honesty and friend making skills They are very different things, but it works out in their relationship In our world sibling relationships usually DO NOT work out In my family there are fights and screaming and meltdowns But we all love each other Like batteries, opposites attract My sist [...]

    24. Not one of Tsukiyama stronger books To me, there seemed to be a lot of flaws in this book The story was just drab The story progressed from childhood to adulthood for the two protagonist sisters, Joan and Emma Lew They live in Hong Kong whereby the Lew s evacuate to Macao during WWII as the Japanese invade their homeland Their father Ba Ba stays behind The mother Kim Leng, auntie Go, and their cook Foon leave They return after the war and slipped back into their life Joan never finds love She fa [...]

    25. This is a pretty decent story that takes place mostly in Hong Kong from about 1940, when the Japanese were invading Hong Kong, to the mid 1960 s It s the story of a family with two daughters, Joan and Emma The girls are not adults at the start of the book Joan is probably a teen and Emma is the little sister Neither daughter follows the path that is desired for them by their mother She just wants them to get good husbands and settle down Instead, Joan becomes an actress and earn acclaim in the w [...]

    26. This book is eerily similar to Shanghai Girls I don t think it was on purpose at all But the similarities are there focused on two sisters, growing up in pre WWII China Hong Kong in this case, Shanghai of course in the other , the older sister the beautiful one who becomes an actress, and some of the action takes place in the US Shanghai Girls, though, was focused on the angst And it was truly impossible for any male to be an actual love interest In this one, the girls get to be happy though th [...]

    27. Tsukiyama turns out another novel in which you can taste, sense and feel the world she creates Two sistersparate lives family that binds them together forever.Emma and Joan are the two daughters of the Lew family, coming of age during and after the turbulent years of World War II Beautiful elder sister Joan hopes for a traditional family life, but through a series of troubled relationships begins a career as a Chinese film actress Emma, inspired by the independence of her Aunt Go, sets her sight [...]

    28. Night of Many Dreams is told from three different points of view Joan, Emma, and Auntie Go over a period of than twenty years At the start of the novel, World War II is underway and no one living in Hong Kong believes that Japan will invade the British colony When the war progresses, we see how it affects 11 year old Emma and her older sister Joan.Over the years, the family changes as the daughters grow and take paths that differ from what their mother expected It s not an action packed story, [...]

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