The Rice Mother

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Author: Rani Manicka
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444712195
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The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka

Original Title: The Rice Mother

A compelling glimpse into a captivatingly exotic world of myth and magic. Beguiled by promises of wealth, fourteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her native Ceylon for Malaya and marriage to a man many years her senior. But Ayah has lied to her and her family about his circumstances and in fact he lives in poverty. A woman of formidable energy and intelligence, Lakshmi provides security, if not luxury, for her family, though at a considerable emotional cost. Then the Japanese army invades during WWII. The family bears deep scars and inflicts those wounds on the next generation. But in Nisha, Lakshmi's great-granddaughter, it is as if Fate has come full circle . . .

The Golden Bough

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Author: James George Frazer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 110804736X
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The Golden Bough by James George Frazer

Original Title: The Golden Bough

This work by Sir James Frazer (1854-1941) is widely considered to be one of the most important early texts in the fields of psychology and anthropology. At the same time, by applying modern methods of comparative ethnography to the classical world, and revealing the superstition and irrationality beneath the surface of the classical culture which had for so long been a model for Western civilisation, it was extremely controversial. Frazer was greatly influenced by E. B. Tylor's Primitive Culture (also reissued in this series), and by the work of the biblical scholar William Robertson Smith, to whom the first edition is dedicated. The twelve-volume third edition, reissued here, was greatly revised and enlarged, and published between 1911 and 1915; the two-volume first edition (1890) is also available in this series. Volumes 7 and 8 (1912) discuss the relationship of human sacrifice to the fertility of crops.

The Rice Paper Diaries

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Author: Francesca Rhydderch
Publisher: Seren
ISBN: 1781720525
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The Rice Paper Diaries by Francesca Rhydderch

Original Title: The Rice Paper Diaries

Hong Kong,1940. When newly wed Elsa Jones, fresh out from Wales, loses her first baby, she is torn apart by grief and homesickness. War is coming closer - Allied soldiers start to appear on the streets and there are bomb shelters in downtown WanChai - but Elsa barely notices. Then the Japanese invade. After a humiliating defeat, European and American civilians are rounded up and taken to an internment camp on the south of the island. Now Elsa and her husband, Tommy, are faced with the task of surviving in a hostile environment where there can be no secrets. Told from the intimate perspectives of Elsa, Tommy, their Chinese amah, Lin, and daughter, Mari, The Rice Paper Diaries movingly brings to life the dramatic events in wartime Hong Kong, and lays bare the tragedies as well as the joys of coming home.

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