Thomasina Burke is a native Phoenician who
loves just about everything in Arizona. She and
her husband Bill reside in Phoenix, but every
weekend they head up the dirt road to their
cabin in Crown King, Arizona. A Registered
Nurse and Volunteer Firefighter, she can also be
found hiking any of the Phoenix mountains, Irish
dancing, or planning a new travel adventure.
“Magic Bridge” is her first novel.
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- The Yellow Banana
on April 01, 2012
The first twenty pages of this novel had me laughing out loud at the wonderfully descriptive passages as a young man was being sent far away to fulfill his family's dream to have a college graduate of a westernized university. The trials and tribulations of "The Yellow Banana" aka the author Jian Qiu Huang continue on to be both hilarious and at times bittersweet as he achieves his dream of graduation, becoming a successful businessman, and an accomplished musician.
The second part of the book deals with interpersonal relationships, cultural differences, and betrayal. In these passages, Jian Qui Huang shows a beautifully perceptive insight into the different psyches of men and women, and of the animal traits granted each of us through Chinese traditions. As a person raised in a totally western culture, with no awareness of these "animal traits," short of reading of them on the placemat at our local Chinese restaurant, it intrigued me that there would be so much emphasis placed on them. Often in the US you hear people speaking of the different personality tributes associated with Astrological Signs, but I never paid much attention to it.
In short, I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks understanding of other cultures, interpersonal relationships, and achieving personal peace and understanding.