Mingmei Yip: Song of the Silk Road

As much as I enjoy reading about Chinese culture this book was disappointing The main character is Lily Lin who is in her late 20s She received a letter from a lawyer stating that a long lost aunt wants to give her 3 million dollars if she travels to China along the Silk Road and complete some very odd tasks along the way Once completed she will get the money I ended up not really liking Lily because I couldnt believe she would even do some of these tasks The book to me was so far fetched and there was very little culture I felt the book was a little amateurish and silly at times I was glad when the book was over It started off pretty good but it went downhill from there Totally a book of surprises you never can figure out how this will end or wind down Satisfying story about a girl who s Aunt she does not know asks her to go to China and complete a set of tasks on the Silk Road Then she can receive three million dollars It sounds like a greedy premise but the MC is so engaging that you ll find yourself rooting for her all the way Ending a surprise I have long been fascinated by China and her culture so this book was immediately interesting to me I was looking forward to a tale of China s past merged with her future all tied in with a young woman s search for an aunt she did not know existedLilly Lin is seemingly alone in the world Her parents are dead and she is living in New York and trying to write a novel Lilly is having an affair with a married man and working as a waitress in a Chinese restaurant when she receives a mysterious letter from a lawyer If she agrees to the terms set forth by this unknown aunt she will find herself enriched by three million dol WARNING This title is not for younger readers despite the Fiction monikerFirst off the cover art Can I ust say that although the set up is simple it s rather stunning The shade of green used to color the overall picture and then the stunning pinkred of the flowers provide a wonderfully eye catching contrast Moving within the cover we find a Downtime journey indeedI loved the main characters inner monologue and narration of the scenes She had an interesting way of viewing the world both poetic and tragic at the same time However her verbal interactions with othe. In this richly imaginative novel Mingmei Yip author of Peach Blossom Pavilion and Petals From the Sky follows one woman's dauntingourney along China's fabled Silk RoadAs a girl growing up in Hong Kong Lily Lin was captivated by photographs of the desert its long lonely vistas and shifting sand dunes Now living in New York Lily is struggling to finish her graduate degree when she rec.

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Money together to bury both of her parents and also because she has never heard of this aunt Mindy Madison But eventually the lawyer tracks down Lily in person and she decides to try and meet the terms of Mindy s will one thousand miles on the Silk Road in China the same route Mindy took and doing the same things that Mindy did Some of the things that Lily has to do are really bizarre and all along the An Allegheny Homecoming journey a young man called Alex whom she refused to travel with keeps popping up at different opportune times The background painted by Yip is beautiful and mesmerizing So many traditions in China that will really keep your attention Lily s trip is aourney of the heart one where she begins to know herself and that of her parents Lily is a very likable character and the writing is poignant and really captures the readers attention The difference between China and New York is very prominent and really lends credence to the story Filled with adventure romance suspense and deft capable writing Song of the Silk Road is an evocative read This book was truly horrible I thought this would be a great novel with some information about the Silk Road and China Little did I know that it would be like a Harleuin novel with a lot of sex thrown in for good measure Unfortunately we were traveling and I had only this book to read or else I would have tossed it My recommendation Give this book a wide pass unless you are looking for something with an unrealistic plot and a lot of fluff I normally love books about Chinese culture but this was honestly one of the worst books I have ever read in my life and I m writing this mainly to remind myself never to read anything by this author again The plot was weak and unrealistic as were the characters and the ending was Most Eligible Sheriff (Sweetheart, Nevada just ridiculous That s several hours of my life I will never get back Where to begin I grabbed this book at the Honolulu airport while in a very big rush to walk the thousand miles to our gate I admit that I totallyudged a book by its cover and thought about how I typically love all novels that involve some sort of Asian history This book was well awful And yet I still made myself finish it even though I have decided after making myself finish The Corrections that I am. O gather a rare herb At Xian her first stop Lily meets Alex a young American with whom she forms a powerful connection And soon she faces revelations that will redefine her past her destiny and the shocking truth behind her aunt's motivations Powerful and elouent Song of the Silk Road is a captivating story of self discovery resonant with the mysteries of its haunting exotic landscape.

R characters their actual conversations felt stuntedalmost child like in both responses given and takenThe descriptions of both time and place were detailed and precise almost placing you beside Ms Lin on her ourney without missing a step along the way The author s way with words seems to know no bounds when describing the multitude of Ms Lin s sexual encounters Never in my life have I read a book in which this act was described or performed for that matter in so many ways In truth it was poetic mixing heaven and earth feeling and fate BUT for my reading preferencesit was a bit much I mean Ms Lin literally falls into bed with almost every man she meets Most disturbing amongst them was not her married professor nor her youthful lover but Floating Cloudwho was a monk Rest assured that this startling seuence of events is laid to rest later on in the text but until then OOThe fact that this was to be a ourney of discovery was what drew me to this book and yet the only true discovery comes at the book s end with a completely side swiping turn of events Reallythere is NO way to see this one coming which certainly speaks to the author s talent for crafting a story gotta love the unexpected turns that WORK Moving forwardI suppose she learned a bit about her heart and the workings of the universe along the way but it doesn t really seem apparent til the final pages and those reactions could have been merely formed from her trips final days in lieu of the events that transpired over the past several monthsAll in all I d say the ourney when she was on it and not in yet another bed was breath taking in the visual wonders and history beheld yet often times disturbing striking a balance between the yin and the yang Though saturated with a few too many scenes of passion it seems that the message the author aimed to deliver still comes through For me it was thisthe universe moves in mysterious ways but never without purpose of intent Song of the Silk Road is a novel of finding who you are and all of the avenues open to you Lily Lin a writer and waitress is shocked when a letter arrives stating the has inherited three million dollars if she meets the stipulations Lily finds this hard to believe considering she had to scrape the. Eives an astonishing offer An aunt she never knew existed will pay Lily a huge sum to travel across China's desolate Taklamakan Desert and carry out a series of tasks along the way Intrigued Lily accepts Her assignments range from the dangerous to the bizarre Lily must seduce a monk She must scrape a piece of clay from the famous Terracotta Warriors and climb the Mountains of Heaven

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Mingmei Yip was born in China received her PhD from the University of Paris Sorbonne and held faculty appointments at the Chinese University and Baptist University in Hong Kong She's published five books in Chinese written several columns for seven major Hong Kong newspapers and has appeared on over forty TV and radio programs in Hong Kong Taiwan Mainland China and the US She immigrat