As the Earth Turns SilverWong, Alison
From the late nineteenth century to the 1920s, from Kwantung, China to Wellington and Dunedin and the battlefields of the Western Front - a story of two families. Yung faces a new land that does not welcome the Chinese. Alone, Katherine struggles to raise her children and find her place in the world. In a climate of hostility towards the foreign newcomers, Katherine and Yung embark on a poignant and far-reaching love affair ... [Taken from book cover.] [Larger font]
This title is also offered as part of the Narrative Muse Book Club.
Comments from GroupsAn enchanting read. A very special book. All members enjoyed the read and would recommend highly. Dunedin 006Beautifully written. Good read. Interesting historical era. Auckland 122Good first read for book club. A little depressing but great for discussion. Paraparumu 002We agreed the writing was beautiful and could see that it had been written by a poet. Several of us had read it before and were very happy to reread it. Nelson 007A superbly written novel - very evocative of early NZ and its narrow-mindedness. Nelson 003The characters felt authentic, the author's research was thorough - what an amazing and accomplished 'first novel'. Dunedin 061 We all enjoyed this book;its history, cultural setting, location and poetic, gentle writing. Wellington 018 One of our favourites to date. Author did a good job of combining NZ history and views into an interesting and engaging novel. Gore 007 Such a glorious book - sparse, lyrical and poignant. Our group was unanimous in our enjoyment of this book, and we probably had our best ever discussion. Auckland 094 An interesting and easy read of a well-written book, which was enjoyed by everyone in the group. The NZ author has used language romantically, producing wonderfully evocative characters and scenes. The cultural contrasts between the Chinese and New Zealanders led to to excellent discussions, about both the late nineteenth century and the present. Christchurch 010 Our discussion was lively. The group thought the couple's relationship would never have been able to develop fully due to the prejudices of society, and therefore wasn't as interesting to read about as it might have been. We all thought we learnt a lot about how Chinese people were treated in early 20th century NZ, and about some of our country's more shameful past immigration policies. Auckland 322 A relatively simple story with not too many characters,short chapters and very well written. The sensitive handling of the love between a Chinese man and a NZ Wellington widow in the early 20th century was gently portrayed. Our group found the book a delight to read. Wellington 117 This novel promoted a most lively discussion about immigration and related topics. We loved the poetic economy of language and the rhythmic flow of sentences. Hamilton 024 What a fascinating look at early 1900's Wellington, and the relationship between the locals and the Chinese community. The racism was normal for the time, as was the lack of womens' rights. We had a great discussion and all enjoyed the book. Masterton 013 We were impressed by this book - beautifully written and dealing with the issues of the day with sensitivity and skill. The author successfully combined historic facts with the story of the fated relationship. It had contemorary relevance also. Dunedin 029 Everyone enjoyed this book although they all said it was slow reading. We had an interesting discussion about it. Christchurch 356