Case f Stockholm Syndrome with Cecil the white man who sexually abused impregnated him and determined the life he now livesSilence and not uestioning things causes a lot f problems for Lowe making him all the perplexing At moments I uestioned his desire to be a woman his privilege and how he chose to use it his bliviousness and
willful ignorance andignorance and internalized sexism which all are connected to his traumaHis silence and prejudiced thoughts led me to not like Lowe He held power than the black people Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge on the island but he secretly saw them as enemies he took sides stereotyping shortchanging them and keeping them at a distance all while smiling with them Sometimes that s worse than a villain But the divide and conuer Willie Lynching was at workIn a scene with Cecil and in the end you can feel Lowe s desire for normalcy to no longer wear a mask Overall this is an intriguing storyf survival and being historical fiction is a plus My rating 25 stars Lowe Chin is a Chinese immigrant living in 1890s Jamaica He lives amongst the hostile Jamaicans with his light skinned wife and a large secret A secret he s been agonizing Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars over telling his daughter about He wishes to tell herf his life in China why he had to flee what happened The Witches Ball on his passage across the sea an unexpected pregnancy a secret identity and his sham marriage to anctoroon The story begins with the burning Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book of a badld life and the rebuilding f a better new ne PlotThe plot nce I knew what the book was going to be about spoilers and all is what initially drew me in The diversity in the book helped with that though The verall plot is about a Chinese man living in Jamaica who has a dream to start up a school for Chinese immigrants to continue to learn and teach about their culture Along the way he is forced to look at himself and his life This is The Deadline of a slicef lifecontemporary book than anything The plot isn t particularly strong as it deals with the characters The driving force in the book are the people in the books not the plot itself WritingThe writing was a little too wordy for my tastes It was easy to understand and made for beautiful lines and great descriptions don t get me wrong but it was just too much for me I m the type f reader that appreciates a well described setting r character but it s where too much Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling of a good thing comes in When things arever described all the time it takes away from things that need to be written like that The Pagoda is like this right Ready to Restore off the bat and it might be a littleverwhelming for some readers CharactersLowe Chin was ne f the most real and complex characters that I have ever had the fortune Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel of knowing He s this character who was much closedff and mostly in his head in the beginning And as the story rolled Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) on and things happened to him he became and unraveled andpen Lowe had strengths and very great weaknesses that weren t Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History overcome at the dropf a hat A lot Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio of his problems were mental and he had to spend time mentally working through themOn thether side Regarde, c'est maman ! of the coin Lowe was a frustrating character He was very hypocritical at times and never acknowledged it He could also be uite selfish and nothing was done about that either Much like myverall feelings The Bricklayer of the book I was torn in two directions about my feelings towards Lowe as a character I think he s a good character who developed nicely but I wish the text would have acknowledged his flaws Allf the ther characters were just there to either push Lowe into doing something r creating challenge and discord in his life They were props than anything else Things I LikedI particularly liked how The Pagoda and Powell didn t shy away from the dynamics f colorism amongst black people The light skinned white passing woman knew that she
Was Better Received Than Thebetter received than the skinned Jamaicans and she used this knowledge to her advantage As the book was following the life f the Chinese immigrant not much is actually seen about this but it is noted and talked about than The Occult Detector (The Semi Dual Stories Book 1) once I very much appreciate what the story was trying to show I don t think it was done all that wellr dug deep as it could have but I think it was a great idea nonetheless Things I Didn t LikeThe gender things going n in this book weren t as explored as I had wished it would be I was geared up for a book that dug deep into how gender relations were in turn f the century Jamai. Tale Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West of his exile from China his shipboard adventures an unwanted pregnancy and the arrangement that was made to avoid scandal The arrangement places Lowe in a marriagef convenience with a mysterious widow Miss SylvieLowe and Sylvie's rel. The Pagoda is another novel about the complex *racial composition f jamaica the main story begins *composition f Jamaica the main story begins 1893 and deals with the condition f the Chinese immigrants who were imported to #Replace The Former Slaves After Emancipation The # the former slaves after Emancipation The Mr Lowe has been a shopkeeper for some thirty years when his shop is burned down ne night apparently We, the People outf anti Chinese hatred The novel alternates between his life in the following months and his memories f earlier events his life in China the voyage and his early exeriences
in Jamaica The historical background is interesting so is the story fJamaica The historical background is interesting so is the story f Lowe although it is somewhat implausible The novel deals with the themes f identity racial gender and indvidual and disguise everyone in the novel has secrets One has to feel sorry for the protagonist who is trying to free himself from ther people s fantasies and become an individual although it is impossible to really like Mr Lowe who has been clueless about everyone around him for decades and even as he discovers that the people he lives with have stories and feelings f their wn continues to think nly f himself until almost the end f the novel The book is fairly well structured although it spends too much time trying to gradually reveal details which are Showa, 1939-1944: A History of Japan obvious from the beginning The last few chapters are the best but the book ends with manyf the plot elements unresolvedUnfortunately the actual writing is awful The book would be an English teacher s nighmare There are whole pages almost whole chapters without a single grammatical sentence there are sentence fragments too long to be a stylistic device long run The Book Of The Superiority Of Dogs Over Many Of Those Who Wear Clothes on sentences sentences which change construction in the middle lackf agreement between subject and verb lack f parallelism between clauses pronouns with no antecedents words which do not actually mean what they should mean in context clich d phrases I m not talking about the ccasional deliberate use Rescuing a Werewolf of a sortf pidgin in the dialogue but the actual narrative The most annoying thing Making Women Pay of all was that many sentences began with Plus and this is supposed to be the speech and thoughtf a nineteenth century character I had to check the back cover to verify that the book was indeed published by Harcourt and not CreateSpace because it gave the impression GloomCookie of a self published work with no copy editing apparently copy editing like careful proofreading is now a dispensible luxury for commercial publishing houses At many points I nearly gave upn this usually when I came up n a plus but the storyline kept me reading Three stars for the content ne star for the writing I should have liked this I know a lot The Jesuit of people who do And in termsf storycontent it s an important book complexly addressing race and gender in Jamaica at the turn With Bound Hands of the centuryMy complaints are purely aesthetic what I couldn t get past was the writing So inther words my issues with the novel are about as subjective as they could get But for what it s worth Powell s prose is just too heavy Rim of the Pit on the description for me to the point that I sometimes felt like I was in adjective hell And there s a lotf alliteration which I m never really into particularly in prose Sentences like He looked You Can Beat the Odds out into the lamplit silence willing his racing heart to uieten willing his shaking and wet hands to be still the roar in his head to cease A trembling hand reached up to tug at the puffy brushf mustache to push a way hair that had fallen n his forehead now damp and warm Justtoo much and it doesn t let up a bit suffocating to read The Pagoda started ff too slow for me but with some determination half way into it the story began to flow and pick up interest This novel explores Jamaica in the post emancipation era which led me to research what indentured servitude looked like for recruited ChineseIndians It also explores race gender and sexuality which today remains a complicated topic in JamaicaLowe can be very perplexing and at times I pitied him and at Stripes of All Types other times I could not stand his vileness I think what made this story hard for most people to read is the fact that we literally live in Lowe s mind pretty much the whole story He s a manf few words so as you can imagine there wasn t much dialogue between him and thers characters unless it was absolutely necessary Silence trauma secrets and betrayal are huge threads in The PagodaLowe has a serious. Mr Lowe lives the simple and happy life f a shopkeeper A Chinese immigrant to Jamaica in the 1890s Lowe revels in the lush beauty f his adoptive land But the past confronts Lowe in everything he does and so his history reveals itself the. ,
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ISN T TOO INVOLVED WITH THEt too involved with the One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones of the book The diversity in The Pagoda is much better than your average book but it could also be betterOverallI m tornn my thoughts with regards to this book On Just Joking one hand I liked it so much that I finished it within the spanf twenty four hours It has a great premise that sounded very promising On the ther hand it wasn t handled as well as I wished it could have been In the hands f someone who has a better grasp Times of Trouble (A Time Travel Anthology) on gender politics The Pagoda could have really been a noticeable book Ignoring how the gender stuff was handled there arether themes within the book that make it worthwhile I m happy the book was in a majority non white setting but racial dynamics could have also been explored a little I enjoyed the book but it could have been betterview spoilerI am using Lowe s male name as to not spoil anything and hehim pronouns because even at the end BENAAMI of the book though he signs his letter with his actual name he still uses the same pronouns throughout the entire story including the very end hide spoiler I am in love with this book I honestly don t know how to review it without spoiling itIt was amazing Read it if you are interrested in Caribbean literature and historythe themesf homosexuality and gender A solid 35 stars ONLY BECAUSE the writing was hard to get into and I was seriously considering just dropping the book 25 for the writing but after getting past the first few chapters and upon finishing the book
i was completelywas completely away at the art that Patricia Powell had crafted The plot the ways in which Powell had woven in race relations classism and gender performativity so perfectly into Mr Lowe s character truly blew my mind 45 for the plot Just now I set down this novel and my surroundings confuse me I m at home but wasn t I just in Jamaica In the late 1800 s This book is glor Patricia Powell s novel was unlike anything I ve ever read before in the greatest sense to thers it may be difficult to get through because there is no ne definitive conflict driving the novel It s this almost mystical mix f identity and gender and cultural confusion The underlying tension pulses throughout the novel forcing you to keep n reading It s a modern novel set during the turn The Real Bluebeard: The Life of Gilles de Rais of the nineteenth century dealing with very modern issues definitely recommend for anyone looking for something different to read Highly recommend some basic research into Jamaican culture and history to better understand the story I liked the way in which the author Patricia Powell used descriptive language in the writingf this story The fascinating subject Stay on Your Toes, Maggie Adams! of a Chinese emigrant to Jamaica avoids the surfeitf violence in some recent Jamaican literature This tale begins near the turn f the twentieth century A girl escapes her fate as the settlement f her family s debt marriage to the disabled aged man who made the loan Only carrying from home the memories Night Train To Cherbourg: A Joszef Kiraly: Gentleman, Vampire Mystery of her father s stories and yearnings about travel she draws upon his fantasies escaping the man s house and stowing awayn a ship holding a cargo Disowned of indentured and bound humans The conseuent sea voyage with Cecil the captain puts her in a second situation in which she lacks agency to follow her dreams and be herself While he arranges to protect Lowe real name Lau A Yinn the ship and in Jamaica her pasted mustache and her disguise as a male shopkeeper with a wife sap her Comptia Security+ Sy0-301 Exam Cram of emotional responsiveness tother characters After Lowe suffers the loss Marco Polo: A Photographer's Journey of Cecil the shop and Miss Sylvie a periodf healing can begin eventuating in a authentic character who finds interest in The Cosmic Internet: Explanations from the Other Side other characters lives reciprocates love ends injustice and transmits memoriesf Chinese culture to the next generations. Ationship is complex vivid erotic and full Marketing Aesthetics of secrets Sylvie is a light skinned black woman who in the coursef their three decades together gives up three dark skinned children for adoption But Lowe's secret is much startling and remarkab. .