(PDF FREE) [The House of Wives] ☆ Simon Choa–Johnston
Ng 355 starsWhat drew me initially to this book is the idea of two women of different cultures in 19th century Hong Kong finding out that they share a husband Talk about family drama What was even amazing is that author Simon Choa Johnston based his book on his own uniue family historyThe reader is pulled into the personal turmoil of both women as they The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) learn toive with each other and their families with imited success Choa Johnston
does a good job giving the wives Semah and Pearl very a good job giving the wives Semah and Pearl very voices and as a reader I could sympathize with the struggle of each of the women It was sad to think of all of the years wasted that the two women could have been supportive and close but at the same time sharing one s husband wasn t something that either of them signed up forWhile I found the premise uite interesting for me there was a distinct difference between the first two thirds of the book and the remaining third The first two thirds as we meet the wives and see how Emanuel s business takes off was uite interesting Choa Johnston brings to ife the Jewish and Chinese cultures as well as the energy of Hong Kong I d rate that first part of the book a solid four stars with the remainder of the book dropping to three stars It was still interesting but I found the energy to wane which was surprising since it s at that point when the wives come together and I thought there d be emotional fireworks During the A Fairly Honourable Defeat last third of the book there were alsoarge chunks of time that were uickly explained away but this resulted in me not having as much of an emotional connection to the wives and even ess with Emanuel as the story began its conclusionEmanuel came to a very uniue and different solution to his multiple wife issue which was uite different than how others had handled similar situations during that time and makes for a very uniue story Choa Johnston s writing was uite descriptive in regards to the era and cultures and I appreciated that he included a description of his family history at the back of the book to give his readers background information Overall this was a good read It was an interesting ook at different cultures the author s uniue family history and the power and strength of womenDisclaimer My sincere thanks to Penguin Group Random House Publishing for providing me with a complimentary paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest review Step out of the here and now into an exotic world skillfully realized In The House of Wives we meet Emanuel a Jewish man from India born into a comfortable family He has ambitions for and so marries a woman who brings a arge dowry Emanuel invests his money into the opium trade and spends the next decade building his investments His marriage is unsatisfying and ultimately he decides to move to Hong Kong permanently He falls for a woman much younger marriage is unsatisfying and ultimately he decides to move to Hong Kong permanently He falls for a woman much younger after she converts to Judaism marries her on the condition that he will give up his first wife But wife 1 doesn t take that news ightly and journeys to China to take her place by her husband Which brings us to the House of Wives two very strong and stubborn women under one roof Choa Johnston writes beautifully Each of the characters has a distinct voice and the setting is vivid There were a few plot points that I found uncomfortable and ultimately made Emanuel s character distasteful to me So I found the first part of the book that focused on him to be The Man Without a Face less engaging Once the women came together I felt the book started to come alive and I admit I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to see the development of their very complicated relationship Won in a giveaway but this did not affect my reviewu. Houseandife will change irrevocably for all of them Inspired by the ives of Choa Johnston's ancestors The House of Wives is an unforgettable novel about the machinations of the early opium trade and about two remarkable women determined to secure a dynasty for their children in the tumultuous British Crown colo. What makes a woman become a servant And what makes her become the mistress Is it money Or birthThe House of Wives sweeps readers back to 19th century Calcutta Simon Choa Johnston weaves together a fascinating tale of two women and the man that they will fight to the death for Not to mention that the descriptions transport the reader back to a bygone eraEmanuel Belilos is a young Jewish man who seeks to outdo his businessman father and make his fortune But before Emanuel can do all that he desires he is wed to Semah Ezra Semah is young intelligent and beautiful But both she and her new husband find themselves uite unhappy With their marriage on unstable ground Emanuel wastes no time in fleeing TO HONG KONG WITH FIRM HOPES Hong Kong with firm hopes he will make his fortune in the opium tradeIt is in Hong Kong where Emanuel meets Pearl the daughter of one of his eventual partners Over a number of years their first meeting will ead to something much I l get back to that in a bitEmanuel does return to Semah in Calcutta and although they briefly attempt to make their union a happy one Semah remains barren and Emanuel s trips to Hong Kong become onger and Threads Of The Shroud longer My heart truly ached for Semah At this point I m not feeling good about Emanuel and uestion whether he s really making an attempt at his marriage I have to talk about Pearl16 years old who I was ready to notike However Pearl is well educated beautiful and uick to speak up for herself Of course Emanuel falls in ove and plans to woo Pearl Like Semah Pearl will also have her way and makes it very clear to her husband that she expects to be heard as an eual Their marriage turns out to be
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Is To Be Short Livedto be short ived Semah arrives to fight for her rightful place at her husband s side And there are definitely fireworks But I couldn t stop admiring both of these strong minded women that certainly appeared to be made of stronger stuff than the man they call husbandWhat Emanuel does next is certainly unprecedented in terms of any other story I ve ever stumbled across He divides his home to accommodate both women I do declare that no soap opera writer could have unfolded the next series of chapters as fantastically as Choa Johnston does As the women settle down into their new home a conciliatory approach to their Untitled. lives takes over as soon as they both become mothers I will say that eventually Emanuel does manage to show aittle bit common sense in one aspect and began to enter my good graces But not by muchIn addition I absolutely Wiring loved and appreciated the author s note Fascinating personal family historyThanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewGoodreads review published 120416 35 stars Knowing that this novel is based on the author s own ancestor an opium merchant in Hong Kong and his two yes two wives peaked my interest Through the ups and downs of their relationships and the rise and fall of fortunes this is good story with some pacing issues Still worth a read A fascinating plot based on the author s own familyore two women one English and the other Chinese share one husband and Against All Odds live under the same roof The author wrote the novel is such a way that the reader does not blame but rather can sympathize with the husband and his two wives Each of them is wonderfully portrayed with their own rational thoughts choices and feelings whichent credence to their plight Beyond the family drama the author did an exceptional job of relaying the historical details of the opium trade with all its intrigues wealth and associated crime Life in Hong Kong during that era was also vibrantly. Two women compete for the affections of their opium merchant husband in a tale of friendship fortune and rivalry in colonial Hong Kong In 1862 a young Jew from Calcutta named Emanuel Belilios eaves his dutiful wife Semah and sets sail for Hong Kong to make his fortune in the opium trade There he grows into a pros. Recreated Although the pacing sometimes slowed the entire novel was beautifully written with a gentle and easy to read prose I very much enjoyed reading the author s personal notes at the end of the book which described his own family history This book would initiate very interesting discussions for book groups For fans of historical fiction who want an exotic setting weaved into an intricate plot then this is the book to read Truly fascinating from start to finishy uniue and different solution to his multiple wife issue which was uite different than how others had handled similar situations during that time and makes for a very uniue story choa johnston s writing was uite story Choa Johnston s writing was uite in regards to the era and cultures and I appreciated that he included a description of his family history at the back of the book to give his readers background information Overall this was a good read It was an interesting ook at different cultures the author s uniue family history and the power and strength of womenDisclaimer My sincere thanks to Penguin Group Random House Publishing for providing me with a complimentary paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest reviewThank you to Penguin Group Random House Publishig for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Thank you for visiting my blog where the greatest historical
fiction is reviewed For fascinating women of history bios and women s fiction please visit The thingis reviewed For fascinating women of history bios and women s fiction please visit The thing opium is that it makes pain or difficulty unimaginable Sebastian FaulksSimon Choa Johnston a Canadian author pens a heart touching yet intense historical fiction The House of Wives that narrates the story of three human souls all connected by the trade and the aura of opium where an opium merchant gets so blinded by the hunger to be a successful businessman that he drags the two most important people of his The DOS life into it thus irking up a crossfire between those two individuals until they all find peace toive togetherSynopsis Two women compete for the affections of their opium merchant husband in a tale of friendship fortune and rivalry in colonial Hong KongIn 1862 a young Jew from Calcutta named Emanuel Belilios Against All Odds leaves his dutiful wife Semah and sets sail for Hong Kong to make his fortune i I was drawn to the storyline and history of this novel I found the characters captivating Especially the two women who s personalities overshadow Emanuel s in the second half of this novel The manipulation andoathing was Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism like watching a tragedy unfold If anything it was true to how women think and Choa Johnston created such strong women with very different ideals The history of the opium trade in Hong Kong was also interesting toearn about This was a good read which was at parts slow moving but at the same time held my attention throughout A good story Maybe dragged a bit The opium trade in China is always fascinating reading Must reread the Amit Ghosh series There are many things that drew me to this book the setting and the time period because they are both something that I don t know much about or read about the fact that it is a Canadian writer and this is the story of his ancestors the plot of the two wives of one man Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils living together in the same home And all of this wrapped up together made for aovely book I earned so much about the culture and the time that I had Never Heard About Mainly heard about mainly Jewish communities in India the opium trade between India and China I also thought that the writing was beautiful and descriptive I had read before that Choa Johnston is a playwright and that is evident through the writing A beautiful and interesting story Rati. Perous and respectable merchant eventually falling in ove with his Chinese business partner's daughter Pearl a delicate beauty twenty years his junior As a wedding present he builds for her the most magnificent mansion in Hong Kong Then Semah arrives unannounced from Calcutta to take her place as mistress of the. .