1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you. (Or, Maggie-style, invite any and all to play and link here to any who do!)
One day Shu bade farewell to my mother: she and the man she was secretly in love with were running away to join the Communists. 'They are our hope,' were her parting words.This is from Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang. It's a long read, and it's been years since I've read it, but it was technically nearest to me in the bookshelf, and so here it is.
It was about this time that my mother became very close to Cousin Hu, who had realized that he was in love with her when he found that he was very jealous of young Mr Liu, whom he regarded as a dandy.
This award winning and many times translated book is autobiographical and covers the lives of the authors grandmother and mother as well as her own in 20th century China with the political changes as a backdrop, but it is much more engrossing than that might sound. I recall being unable to put it down back when I read it. More about this book can be found here and here and here.
I tag all who want to play, and I will link to you here if you choose to play. It's kind of fun!