Facing challenges in an increasingly colonial world, Chye Hoon, a rebellious young girl, must learn to embrace her mixed Malayan-Chinese identity as a Nyonya - and her destiny as a cook, rather than following her first dream of attending school like her brother.
Amidst the smells of chillies and garlic frying, Chye Hoon begins to appreciate the richness of her traditions, eventually marrying Wong Peng Choon, a Chinese man. Together, they have ten children. At last, she can pass on the stories she has heard - magical tales of men from the sea - and her warrior's courage, along with her wonderful kueh (cakes).
But the cultural shift towards the West has begun. Chye Hoon finds herself afraid of losing the heritage she so prizes as her children move more and more into the modernising Western world.
©2016 Selina Siak Chin Yoke. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
"Absolutely beautiful story"
I sincerely enjoyed this book. the narration was perfect. beautiful story for all ages!!! .......
I have no idea what the authentic accents could/would/should sound like. All I know is that the story, facilitated by excellent narration with a beautiful kaleidoscope of accents exotic and wonderful transported me completely into this story, into this world.
I highly recommend it.
"Good, not great"
I really, really, really disliked Chye Hoon's oldest son. She spent so much time bailing him out of trouble, and for what? He was such an unappreciative little chit. I don't often take such a dislike to a character, but he was just awful, and a lot of the story, especially the end, revolves around this mother-son relationship. I couldn't wait to get done in order to rid myself of this ungrateful son.
She did a good job with the voices of the different characters.
Make sure my only son is not a complete brat! Perhaps learn more about Malaysian culture.
I wanted to like this book, and I did at first, but it was slow and tedious at the end. I was glad to be done with it.
"A Delightful Story of a Malayan Woman"
A Malayan Woman trying to keep her culture and tradition alive with everything changing world. So try was wonderfully performed by Christine Rendel.
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