Today is the final day of the Take Control Of Your TBR Pile Read-A-Thon, and I’m participating in the final challenge issued by our hostess Kimba The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which is to identify the oldest book in our TBR Pile and to answer a few questions about the book!
The Oldest Book In My TBR Pile
The oldest book in my TBR Pile is The Woman Warrior – Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston.
How I Acquired It
The Vintage International Edition that I own was published on April 1, 1989 (although the copyright is 1975). My husband gave me this book as a Christmas gift many years ago.
Why I Haven’t Read It
At the time, I figured I would get around to reading it one of these days – and that day never came. This year, however, I am definitely reading it – I’ve added it to my TBR pile as one of my selections for the Immigrant Stories Reading Challenge I am participating in this year.
First Chapter Thoughts
The first chapter in this book totally blew me away – it was riveting and absolutely haunting. I had to pause after reading the first chapter to process my thoughts. This will be a book I read through slowly, to fully digest and absorb all that the author has to share. Maxine Hong Kingston is a powerful story teller.
“Don’t tell anyone you had an aunt. Your father does not want to hear her name. She has never been born.” I have believed that sex was unspeakable and words so strong and fathers so frail that “aunt” would do my father mysterious harm. I have thought that my family, having settled among immigrants, who had also been their neighbors in the ancestral land, needed to clear their name, and a wrong word would incite the kinspeople even here. But there is more to this silence: they want me to participate in her punishment. And I have.