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Women of the Silk de Gail Tsukiyama
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Women of the Silk (1991 original; edició 1993)

de Gail Tsukiyama (Autor)

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In Women of the Silk Gail Tsukiyama takes her readers back to rural China in 1926, where a group of women forge a sisterhood amidst the reeling machines that reverberate and clamor in a vast silk factory from dawn to dusk. Leading the first strike the village has ever seen, the young women use the strength of their ambition, dreams, and friendship to achieve the freedom they could never have hoped for on their own. Tsukiyama's graceful prose weaves the details of "the silk work" and Chinese village life into a story of courage and strength.… (més)
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Títol:Women of the Silk
Autors:Gail Tsukiyama (Autor)
Informació:St. Martin's Griffin (1993), Edition: 8th ed., 278 pages
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Women of the Silk de Gail Tsukiyama (1991)

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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Although set in the late 1920's in China, Women of Silk pairs well China Dolls because both are literary and character-driven historical novels focusing on Chinese culture. The strength of friendship during difficult situations is key, and rich historical detail permeates both stories.… (més)
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This work of historical fiction takes us to early 20th century China and the unique position of the women who worked in the silk factories in lieu of marriage, in order to help their families survive hard times.

Pei is but a child, about 9 years old, when her father, a struggling farmer, takes her to Auntie Yee’s house in the “large” village that has several silk factories. Unaware that this is more than just a visit, an adventure with her father, Pei goes with the kind Auntie Yee to “see the house” only to realize too late that her father has left her there. While she is heartbroken at first, she does eventually accept the kindness and friendship of other girls in the house and begins to learn the work of the silk factory. More importantly, she forms a close bond with the girls and women she comes to view as her new family.

I loved the unexpected strength and determination of these young women as they made their own way in a culture that restricted opportunities for women. The independence they gained, though initially forced on them, became their most prized attribute. They forged strong bonds and were successful in going against the male owners of the plant to demand better working conditions and shorter work hours.

The novel ends just as the Japanese invasion in 1938 ends their way of life, and Pei, along with a younger “sister” heads out for the next phase of their life’s journey.

This is one of Tsukiyama’s earlier works. It was interesting and engaging, and I’m glad I read it, but it isn’t up to the excellence so evident in her later novels. ( )
  BookConcierge | Dec 31, 2020 |
A quick historical fiction read that looks at the lives of silk factory girls--and how they got there--during the 1920s/1930s in a town outside Canton.

Pei is given to a girls' house as a child of about 7--her father's fish/mulberry farm is struggling, her mother is ill, and someone needs to make money. Pei is chosen, her older sister Li stays home. She is left at the girls home with no warning.

Over the next 10-15 years she grows up, makes friends, advances in the factory, and is supporting her family back home--until the Japanese advance in the late 1930s. They never come to visit, while other girls' families do (or they write). As an adult, she realizes she was chosen as her docile sister would not have survived being left to factory work.

This book is interesting and a good read, but it also seems far-fetched. Were there really such girls' homes? Were women really allowed to be so independent? Were the girls really treated so well? I have no idea. ( )
  Dreesie | Aug 6, 2017 |
@ girls sent to work w/ silkworms — live in house work factory
$ home to parents — interesting

Sent by her family to work in a silk factory just prior to World War II, young Pei grows to womanhood, working fifteen-hour days and sending her pay to the family who abandoned her.

In "Women of the Silk" Gail Tsukiyama takes her readers back to rural China in 1926, where a group of women forge a sisterhood amidst the reeling machines that reverberate and clamor in a vast silk factory from dawn to dusk. Leading the first strike the village has ever seen, the young women use the strength of their ambition, dreams, and friendship to achieve the freedom they could never have hoped for on their own.
  christinejoseph | Jan 18, 2017 |
Spanning the years between the world wars, this tale of a young Chinese girl, Pei, forced to work in a silk factory describes the sisterhood of workers she discovers there. (summary from ISBN 0312099436).

I found much of the history in this book fascinating, but as a novel, it seemed rather flat. None of the characters were fully developed and it was difficult to care about them. A major theme in this story was the women organizing to strike against the owner of the factory for better working conditions and wages. I wasn't sure if that was a fact...it seemed early in history for labor strikes, especially among Asian women. Interesting story, but not compelling. ( )
  lrobe190 | Dec 27, 2016 |
A gentle telling of a difficult period in Chinese history while highlighting the women who worked in the silk factories. The discussion centered on the places and times of women-oriented communities and the need for them. ( )
  Bibliofemmes | Nov 19, 2016 |
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