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A Chinese Man who Valued Females
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 2, 2015
This story takes place in China, starting with Mao's Cultural Revolution. There are always abuses when a totalitarian government tries to force the people of a land to do things in a totally new way. Even though the story starts this way, it quickly jumps to present day China and the results of those childhood experiences on one particular family. The protagonist is a man who would not give up his intellectual parents to the proletariat 'remodeling' of society, and his parents pay him back by crushing him and his wife in a cruel and totally brutal manner that does not get revealed until most of the story is over.
Benfu could have had a life of ease but he chose independence instead. As a result of what happened to him and his wife, he becomes the savior of abandoned children; specifically girls, who are not valued in China at all, even by other women. Over the years he and his wife bring up these girls as if they were their own, and they have a life filled with love, if nothing else.
The story is sweet, but quite predictable; especially the ending. Still, you get a glimpse of the real China, and that is interesting in and of itself.