This is a beautiful, sensuous but a controversial semi-autobiographical story about a 15 year old teenage girl who was physically and emotionally abused by her mother and elder brother. She felt unable to control her predicament.
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She sought solace and control through her passionate affair with a wealthy Chinese man (actor Tony Leung) from Cholon. However, the affair is tragic from the very beginning because of the cross-cultural conflicts experienced and endured by the two lovebirds.
There is on one hand, the French social restrictions about relationships with the "inferior" race of Vietnamese and the Chinese. On the other hand, it was about the Chinese tradition of arranged marriages.
The review of this Book prepared by Leon