Jonathan Mirsky

Death In Tibet

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IN JULY 2002 I wrote in the LR, ‘According to a Chinese saying, “There is a book in every family that is best not read aloud.” Never has this been as plain to me as in The Good Women of China. Limpidly translated, with never an awkward phrase. these are the most eloquent and painful stories’ of chinese women I have read (and the literature is large).’ That excellent book was by Xinran. The author, who now lives in London, is probably still famous in China for her radio programmes, during which women confided to her intimate and shocking stories about their lives. Those were the stories in The Good Women of China.

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