Friday, October 2, 2009

Show Me 5 Saturday: The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel by Maureen Lindley

That's A Novel Idea has started a new MEME called Show Me Five Saturday. This meme will give each blogger an opportunity to give a brief description of a book they have read or reviewed during the week. It will work like this: Each Saturday you will post the answer to these questions. The number indicates the number of answers you will provide.

1. Book you read and/or reviewed this week

The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel by Maureen Lindley (debut novel)

2. Words that describe the book

Historical, based on real person

3. Settings where it took place or characters you met:

Three different parts of Asia, Eastern Jewel: a young Manchu Princess sent by her family to live in Japan when she was only 9 years old, Netsuko : her step-aunt from whom she constantly sought approval and a sort of maternal love throughout her life

4. Things you liked and/or disliked about it:

I loved the lush, vivid descriptions of China, Japan and Mongolia. Although she appeared to be amoral and cold, Eastern Jewel was a fascinating character who eagerly embraced life and all its facets. The author aptly portrayed her vulnerable side until the very end, bringing Eastern Jewel alive on the pages. The sweeping historical plot, rich in details of politics and social customs beginning in 1914 until 1948 .

5. Stars or less for your rating?



  1. I'm really looking forward to reading this!

  2. I would love to read this one. The way you wrote about it makes me want to read it more than I did want to read it.

  3. I'm so glad you liked this one. I have a copy and look forward to reading it very much now. This meme is right up my alley as that's about all I can manage at the moment. I find it's all I really need to know about a novel anyway. My Show Me 5 post is now up.

  4. I have this book too, but for some reason, I did not think I'd like it, so I have not read it yet. Glad u liked it a lot!

  5. I have this in my TBR pile. This makes it sound very interesting.

  6. I can't wait to get to my copy now!!!!!


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