Reading Corner – Night of Many Dreams

Night of Many Dreams by Gail Tsukiyama was a little slow at first but the historical setting of Hong Kong in the early 1940’s kept me reading and I’m glad I did. I really enjoyed it. Constant shifts in point of view by an omniscient narrator, sometimes even jumping a bit back in time from the last character’s perspective, might be challenging for some. I didn’t find it disruptive, just different from your traditional linear story. Night of Many Dreams probably wouldn’t hold a lot of appeal to anyone looking for a lot of action or mystery but as a lover of historical fiction I thought it was a great blend of history and strong characters. I think the quote on the back cover from the San Francisco Chronicle captures it best, “Tsukiyama tells a quietly powerful and understated story of women finding their way in the world, and the strength they derive from family ties.”

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.
~ Marsha Norman

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