A Thousand Pieces of Gold

A Thousand Pieces of Gold

My Discovery of China's Character in Its Proverbs

Book - 2002
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A Thousand Pieces of Gold is a cultural memoir as well as a personal account of China's past, illustrated by proverbs taken from a fascinating period of history when China was ruled by the First Emperor, Qin Shihuang (259-210 B.C.E.), the sovereign who united China, built the Great Wall, and standardized the Chinese language.

New York Times bestselling author Adeline Yen Mah combines fascinating historical insights with personal stories from her own life to show the enduring relevance and influence of proverbs in Chinese life, even to the present day. Yen Mah recreates a lost world in which warlords, scholars, and courtiers plot and counter-plot to create some of the world's greatest dramas. Her unique perspective creates a window into the Chinese mind, enabling Western readers to better comprehend Chinese thought and culture, while being mesmerized by stories first told by the legendary historian Sima Qian, China's Herodotus. Combining probing historical analysis with stories of tremendous personal insight, A Thousand Pieces of Gold is a work of heartfelt intimacy and a singularly authentic portrait of Chinese culture.

Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780060006396
Branch Call Number: 398.9951 M2772T 2002
Characteristics: xvii, 251 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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jackjackattack95 Aug 21, 2014

A fantastic book for people who are interested in Chinese history and proverbs. Mah talks about the history behind the proverbs she selects are relates her personal life to Chinese history and the proverbs. 5 out of 5 stars!


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