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🇺🇸 ---> 🇹🇼 American in Taiwan CR: My Name is Red Books Read: 45/100 I don't own photoshop, but I read a lot.

[Death and the King’s Horseman] Based on a true events, a British officer interrupts a horseman of the Yoruba King's ritual suicide. // WHAT I LIKED Soyinka economically describes complex layers of ritual in Yoruba and Brittish society without the need for extensive background knowledge. Everything is grey. Everything is questioned. It is not a “clash of cultures.” Clash suggests some facet of equality. No. Truth holds colonialization’s exploitation of weakened cultures grasping for straws of justification. Soyinka's characters ask: what is one ritual suicide compared to the numberless deaths in the trenches? How are masked Yoruba dances any lesser human than a masked ball (could they even be more respectful than the British, who “borrow” ritual masks of death?)? How/when is one justified in their actions again another’s beliefs? // WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE Give more descriptions of the dances! The masks! The tangible! Death and the King’s Horseman is the only play Soyinka published before its performance. He was exiled at the time of publication. I researched productions of his play to further the tone of his production (because the words are already so moving). // Death and the King’s Horseman (by Wole Soyinka) ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️5/5 // #deathandthekingshorseman #wolesoyinka #ellesbookreviews2019 #ellereadstheword
QOTD: What’s your favorite play? It could be something you’ve read, watched, or performed!⁠ //⁠ FAVORITE SCRIPT⁠ //⁠ A Long Day’s Journey into Night has been my favorite script for years, but Death and the King’s Horseman might give it a run for the title! Death and the King’s Horseman has a simple storyline based on true events: an English officer interrupts a horseman of the Yoruba King's ritual suicide. The officer brings the man into custody, and then the man’s son continues the ritual instead. The events are simple, but Soyinka’s exploration of colonialism is anything but.⁠ //⁠ #deathandthekingshorseman #wolesoyinka #script #literaryscript #play⁠ #ellescommonplacebook2019⁠ #ellesbookreviews2019⁠ #pippinthebookcat
FLIGHT FIASCO⁠ //⁠ I’M BACK!⁠ Thanks for sticking with me over my mini-hiatus! I had a great time visiting my family in the States, but oooohhhhh bbbboooooyyyyyy were my airplane rides back a nightmare.⁠ //⁠ 0️⃣ (prequel) The cabin crew of my original airline went on strike one week before we needed to fly back to Taiwan. There were long hours on the phone getting our refund and finding tickets on another airline. Our original flight pattern was a straight 14 hour flight. The new route we planned to take was twice as long with 3 connecting flights. ⁠ //⁠ 1️⃣ First flight is delayed hours. We miss our connecting flight and get a new flight pattern. Now we have to spend 5 hours in the airport (original was 2 hours).⁠ //⁠ 2️⃣Second flight is delayed AT THE RUNWAY. This means we were stuck inside the airplane for extra HOURS before take off. And….of course we miss our NEXT connection. New flight pattern.⁠ //⁠ 3️⃣The next available flight to Taipei is the next day. The airline puts us up in a decent hotel. Kyle and I drown our sorrows with cheese platters and wine at a nearby restaurant. ⁠ //⁠ #️⃣MEANWHILE the airline has no idea where our baggage is located. It might show up on the carousel in Taipei, or it might not. The uncertainty was a ball of fun.⁠ //⁠ Days later, we finally made it.⁠ //⁠ At least I have bookmarks for days? All the red ones are new.⁠ //⁠ #airplanes #deathandthekingshorseman #wolesoyinka #nigerianlit #africanlit⁠ #ellescommonplacebook2019⁠ #ellereadstheword
BOOK REVIEW [The Girl Who Became a Goddess] Theresa Fuller retells her childhood Malaysian and Chinese folktales with notes. // WHAT I LIKED I loved loved LOVED Theresa’s balance of retold story, original story notes, and reflection on the importance of folktales. The environment in which a folktale in told is nearly (if not just) as important as the folktale itself! A story told over a cowboy fire is much different than one told in the haunting shade of a banana tree. The cultural context Fuller accords each folktale is not often seen. It truly makes them come alive to all audiences! // WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE Honestly, I just wanted more stories. 😂 As an academic, I also wanted more meat in the history of the tales! I understand this isn’t the general purpose of Fuller’s writing, but I wanted to learn even more! I guess I’ll just have to take the spark she lighted and research some more. // The Girl Who Became a Goddess (by Theresa Fuller) ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️✨4.5/5 // #gifted for a honest review⠀ #thegirlwhobecameagoddess #theresafuller #singaporefolktales #malaysianfolktales #chinesefolktales #campfirestories⠀ #netgalley #victoryeditingnetgalleycoop #ellesbookreviews2019 #ellereadstheword
AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Girl Who Became a Goddess // A HUGE thank you to Theresa Fuller for answering my questions! As an expat living around this area of the world with students who know these stories, this book and interview were especially meaningful. 🌟See the full interview (including a native Singaporean's take on the best food in Singapore!) on my blog (🌟 I only had room for one response on IG! // 1️⃣How does (re)writing folktales for your children and the greater globe compare to your other writing experiences? // Painful.  . First, let me say that I am a very new author. I had only one other book published, a YA Steampunk – The Ghost Engine, before I wrote The Girl Who Became a Goddess. So I was/am inexperienced. . When I wrote my first novel, I relied on years of storytelling experience as well as my previous career as an analyst/programmer. I put myself into the role of my protagonist, asking myself how Berd would have felt as a young woman growing up in the Industrial Age, when women had yet to obtain equality. I hope I would have made the same decisions as she. But what I wrote was fiction. Although I put my heart into my book, I could ‘hide’ behind the story. . Writing The Girl Who Became a Goddess was different as I was writing for my children. While I wanted them to know the world I had come from, I didn’t want them to see an idealized version of Singapore. Or me. . I was determined from the start to write the truth. . Truth is a cleansing experience. . Living in Australia, so far away from the childhood trauma, it was easy to ‘forget’ what had happened. Writing my folktales, I was forced to relive the pain, and ask difficult questions of myself. I didn’t realise until I started writing the folktales, how it was that I had heard so many stories.  . Painful. // #gifted for a honest review #thegirlwhobecameagoddess #theresafuller #singaporefolktales #authorinterview #malaysianfolktales #chinesefolktales #campfirestories #netgalley #barebearmedia #ellescommonplacebook2019 #ellereadstheword #pippinthebookcat #elleauthorinterviews
QOTD: What’s your favorite campfire story or memory? // CAMPFIRE STORIES // Once upon a time, my cousins came to stay the night at my family’s farm. We started a story around the fire in which each person could only add a single sentence before passing it on. It morphed into the quest of a mouse living in a cabin my dad built from scratch. The mouse became a YouTube star by singing the Banana Boat Song. 🤷‍♀️ We’re creative. // Theresa Fuller’s The Girl Who Became a Goddess beautifully describes how she learned of the folktales in her book. From neighborhood ghost stories to a golden plate, each is more thrilling than the last. // #gifted for a honest review #thegirlwhobecameagoddess #theresafuller #singaporefolktales #malaysianfolktales #chinesefolktales #campfirestories #netgalley #victoryeditingnetGalleycoop #ellescommonplacebook2019 #ellereadstheword #pippinthebookcat
BOOK REVIEW⠀ [Love in a Fallen City] Different loves find their way through eastern and western influences.⠀ //⠀ WHAT I LIKED⠀ My edx course only required me to read Eileen Chang’s story story “Sealed Off,” but “Sealed Off” opened my eyes to all Love in a Fallen City has to offer (heh pun). I had to read the entire book. Chang’s works are perfect for readers will little prior knowledge of Chinese history. She focuses on family dynamics - mainly a woman’s place in the world - amidst the cultural clashes of eastern and western thinking across China.⠀ //⠀ Chang’s dainty allusions to major thinking controversies are masterful. She doesn’t beat you over the head with her thoughts, but create a disequilibrium that makes the reader ask why? Sometimes the answer is easter tradition, sometimes the answer is western thinking, sometimes the answer is humans are just plain unpredictable.⠀ //⠀ WHAT I DID’T LIKE⠀ Chinese family relations are specific and daunting. Even the Mandarin language has specific words for nearly every relation (complete with how to address each person) while English has comparably few. A few stories quickly introduce a myriad of characters. Readers are expected to understand the implications of Chinese family relations that will overlay the rest of the story. However, this is something a reader with a Chinese background would easily understand. Furthermore, many characters are given titles “Third Sister” and later given a name. Matching the person to the title/name can be a small puzzle, but it’s worth it.⠀ //⠀ Love in a Fallen City (by Eileen Chang, translated by Karen S. Kingsbury) ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️5/5⠀ //⠀ A SMALL NOTE ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR: Karen S. Kingsbury does AN AMAZING JOB in this translation. Her introduction reflections are brilliant. Her footnote annotations give the perfect amount of detail. She is greatly aware of the differences between mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc. (which is often hard to find) Fun fact: she taught at a college in the same Taiwanese town I live in!⠀ //⠀ #loveinafallencity #eileenchang #karenskingsburg #chineseculturalrevolution⠀ #ellesbookreviews2019⠀ #ellereadstheword⠀ #elles5starbooks
QOTD: Are you a good person? Or a real person? Or both? What does being “good” or “real” person mean? ⠀ //⠀ GOOD OR REAL PEOPLE⠀ //⠀ “Sealed Off” a short story in Eileen Chang’s Love in a Fallen City states, "In this world, there are more good people than real people” (241). ⠀ //⠀ Being real means being present. It means questioning instead of accepting. Reacting instead of floating. Choosing one's life instead of following a cultural life flow. It means choosing to act against the current for oneself.⠀ //⠀ A real person is in turn with their individual identity while a good person is in tune with everyone’s societal connections. A good person looks to culture morals to inform their decisions. Empathy means understanding how another feels in context. Good people understand the context and fit themselves inside.⠀ //⠀ So…is it better to be real or good? I don’t know. I could take the easy way out and say it’s a balance, but I’d like to know what you think if you have to choose.⠀ //⠀ #eileenchang #loveinafallencity #sealedoff #real⠀ #ellescommonplacebook2019⠀ #pippinthebookcat
QOTD: What are some of your favorite book covers? (or What’s your favorite mexican food?)⠀ //⠀ BOOK COVERS⠀ //⠀ Eileen Chang’s Love in a Fallen City cover is so beautiful I may have to buy it in print! My Kindle just can’t do the cover justice. *sigh* ⠀ \\⠀ Short captio today! Kyle and I are busy getting ready to fly to the States! I’m excited to see my family, talk to my friends, and EAT GOOD MEXICAN FOOD. I NEED A TAMALE.⠀ //⠀ #loveinafallencity #eileenchang #karenskingsbury⠀ #ellescommonplacebook2019⠀ #ellereadstheword
BOOK REVIEW [Diary of a Madman] A madman’s diary holds stories across revolutionary China. // WHAT I LIKED Lu Xun’s writing defies genre. I still don’t know if I should classify it as an unreliable narrator, an anthology of short stories, a manifesto…hmmm... I suppose it is all of those things. The book begins with a short introduction in which a character reads a childhood friend’s diary. The friend is said to have gone mad, but it now safely working for the government in another province (smells fishy, right?). Anyway, the introduction narrator opens the diary and away we go. // Every passage could be completely new. From characters to setting, Lu Xun stretches his writing across many perspectives of the "madman's” China. Some of the stories are retelling of classic myths, others are letters between colleagues. Lu Xun captures you into the new setting within a few lines. His inferencing clues left for the reader are fantastic. // WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE The first few chapters were my favorite. I loved the building of the story frame within the madman’s mind. There is no end to the story frame, and I wish there was more written about it! (But I understand this is quintessential Lu Fun move.) This book’s constant change eats at your stamina, but each chapter brings something new. I would also recommend brushing up on any knowledge of China’s cultural revolution and modernism movement before reading. Lu Xun’s wonderful allusions may be lost without this prior knowledge. // Diary of a Madman (Lu Xun) ⚡️⚡️⚡️3/5 // #diaryofamadman #luxun #chinesemodernism #ellesbookreview2019 #ellereadstheword
🍞🥖🥐🥯 Let’s get it 🥯🥐🥖🍞⠀ //⠀ I’ve been a little inactive on here and in my books the past few days. I hash it up to:⠀ 🍞 - finishing student grades⠀ 🥖 - end of the school year pub crawl⠀ 🥐 - end of the school year hibernation (I’ve slept 16 hours a day for the past 3 days. It’s a lot, but Pippin still holds the nap championship.)⠀ 🥯 - getting in a scooter accident (completely fine, but taking a taxi everywhere diminishes my free time)⠀ //⠀ So, what have you been up to lately? // // // // // 🍞🥖🥐🥯 Let’s catch up on tags 🥯🥐🥖🍞 ⠀ I’m only going to do two at the moment, but I promise to get to the others soon! I tag those in the photo and anyone else interested!⠀ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~⠀ @flickerofbooks tagged me in the #disneygenrestag ! Thanks, lovely!⠀ .⠀ ✨ Let it Go (a book you didn't finish): An American Marriage. I know, I know…it won the award, but it was just too predictable. I have a short attention span for romance triangles anyway, so it just wasn’t for me.⠀ .⠀ ✨ A Whole New World (a book from a genre you don't often read): Anna Karenina. I’m sticking to my one Russian lit a year rule 😂😅.⠀ .⠀ ✨ Someday my Prince Will Come (a book with your bookish boyfriend in it): Death Note. The OG.⠀ .⠀ ✨ I See the Light (a book you wish you'd discover sooner): The Little Prince. How did I reach 23 years of age without learning of this treasure?⠀ .⠀ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~⠀ @lifeofabookaddicted tagged me in the #areadersconfessiontag ! Thanks girl!⠀ .⠀ 1. Did you ever damage a book? Yup. Plenty. ⠀ 2. A Book I Didn't Finish - An American Marriage (see earlier tag)⠀ 3. Hyped book that wasn't worth it - Children Of Blood And Bone (@lifeofabookaddicted already had this and I totally agree)⠀ 4. Is there a book you'd be ashamed to say you have read/are reading? Nope. I don’t book shame. ⠀ 5. Slow or fast reader? Fast.⠀ 6. Do you like to buddy read? Yes! I miss literature in college where EVERYTHING is a buddy read!⠀ //⠀ #ellescommonplacebook2019⠀ #pippinthebookcat⠀ #ellereadswithfriends
QOTD: What do you like more:stream-of-consciousness or unreliable narrators? // CONSCIOUSLY UNRELIABLE // I started Lu Xun’s Diary of a Madman which has BOTH! The story frame sets-up the reader to peak into a book written by an old friend gone mad, but somehow now okay? (I don’t think he’s okay. I think the government took him, but it’s purposefully cloudy.) // The diary is more a conglomeration of short stories than a daily journal of one person. I’m beginning to see the connects Lu Xun threads between each independent story. I love how I never know where the next chapter will land! // (Away from home so other book pictured) #luxun #diaryofamadman #unreliablenarrator #streamofconsciousness #ellescommonplacebook2019 #pippinthebookcat