“Some argue that 1968–the year of the student protests in France and the United States, Poland and Yugoslavia; the year Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were shot–was the moment that the dictionaries were burned and rewritten, but this claim disregards the change that happens day by day, so incremental that it is invisible to us, like a snail sliming its way across a road.”–Shawn Yang Ryan, Green Island
- Here’s what happens:
- This is the struggle of Taiwan–against colonialism, against dictatorship, against Westernization, war, and disease. Green Island captures how a nation’s attempt to find and assert its identity affects an individual family. This story starts with the birth of our narrator on the night of the March Massacre, and follows her family, and their relationship with their tumultuous island nation.
- It’s good because:
- I loved this book; it is the epitome of why I’m doing this reading challenge. I knew next to nothing about Taiwan prior to cracking its cover, and now I have this beautifully written glimpse into its 20th century history and a story I never knew I was dying to read. Green Island was so unexpectedly heart-wrenching and perfect.
- Read if:
- Just go grab your copy now. I picked it out without knowing anything about it other than it covered a country I had not yet visited for this challenge, and my heart is so happy I did.
Next up: Slovenia with Paolo Coelho’s Veronika Decides to Die!