Captain Spazzmataz Thoughts:
- P. 43 – Popo’s stories are weird and gross. Why would you tell these things to a nine year old girl?
- P. 47 – This family is horrible. How could you tell a little girl that she won’t be mourned for very long if she dies young!?
- P. 48 – Well that is just disgusting.
- P. 52 – Man, that must be so disappointing to realize your future husband is a big baby.
- P. 55 – Well it sounds like it is going to be a lovely marriage if he is just trying to make her cry all of the time.
- P. 56 – That is a pretty sad description of a good life.
- P. 58 – She is just amazing to put up with all of the nonsense and still be able to see her true self and be happy.
- P. 65 – Dang. She is so clever. I like her.
Super Koala Thoughts:
- p. 42 – that sure is an odd way to show affection.
- p. 43 – these stories are so gross!
- p. 44 – someone has family issues.
- p. 46 – the attitudes toward women in Chinese culture are sometimes so difficult to realize. This story, which I’m sure could apply to many non-fictional women in China, breaks my heart a little bit.
- p. 48 – and now, a little cannibalism to deepen the story.
- p. 49 – Shots fired! Shots fired!
- p. 51 – It seems so strange to assess a child for marriage at the age of two. I’m kind of fascinated by the idea of a matchmaker. How does she make decisions? What are her determining factors?
- p. 53 – I’m also generally fascinated by all of the Chinese traditions, the festivals and the name rituals. And the kind of devotion that inspires such ties and severe characteristics among family members.
- p. 57 – What an impressive girl. It’s odd; her situation seems so sad, but it’s basically impossible to pity her because she seems to handle everything with such personal strength.
- p. 58 – see? It’s impossible to feel pity for her. She’s so great.
- p. 65 – So much brilliance!
I am still very much so enjoying the book. I particularly liked the epistolary style of the third chapter, as though it were both a story and a letter to her daughter. Each of the characters, so far, have such interesting and unique stories, but I still feel like they represent a larger whole that other real-life women could be apart of. No complaints, thus far.