Title: Green Island
Authors: Ryan, Shawna Yang
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 381
Year: 2016
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Language: English
Description: 1947 heralds in turbulent times for the Tsai family. As Taiwan's Japanese colonial rule is replaced by martial law, the family welcome the arrival of their newest member, a daughter, only to have her father imprisoned for his political views. In the decades that follow, as the country progresses towards democracy, they must all endure as best as they can, weighing up on a daily basis the betrayals and loyalties necessary for survival.

Encompassing the actual events of the time, this is a compelling story of a Taiwanese family negotiating the complex political forces of history.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"An excellent opening chapter - I was captivated from page one."

"The book gives an interesting insight into Taiwan's troubles - I now want to delve into some of the author's reference books."

"While reading the book, it constantly made me thankful that I live in NZ."

"This book would appeal to those who have an interest in modern history and the impact of the challenges to Taiwan in the world."

"I really enjoyed this book and think it presents many moral dilemmas that are worth thinking about."

"I enjoyed this book and think BDS readers will too. I knew nothing about Taiwan and its recent history so I also enjoyed the history lesson."
Categories: Fiction, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Family Saga, Morals/Ethics, Political, 2019 Titles, Taiwan


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