I have read the Rice Sprout Song by Eileen Chang, the great Chinese writer. She also wrote several books about her life in China. Hence, I decide to buy this book by her: THE FALL OF THE PAGODA about her life, especially during the illegal Jap invasion of our ancestral homeland of China. The late Ms. Eleen Chang was a prolific writer and her book: The Rice Sprout Song plus others could have earned her the coveteous Nobel Prize for Literature had she lived. Although she was gone now, but her books would remind us the Chinese of our ancient and proud civilization and the many political problems. In 1957, I read an important book concerning the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 in which the late Eleen Chang ably translated from Chinese to English. The book was called: FOOL IN THE REEDS.
This is not a review but just a write up and appreciation of one of China's most modern and influential modern writer: Eleen Chang. Eleen Chang's spent her last days in seclusion in New York after her divorce and there she passed away sadly in her apartment. Eleen Chang's Chinese name was Chang Ai Ling and her great grandfather was named Li Hoong Zang, a very influential minister of the defunct Manchu Dynasty (1644-1952). After Imperial China lost the naval war to the Imperial Japs, Li Hong Zhang was despatched by the Manchu government to Imperial Japan to sign a treaty of peace and there he was nearly assassinated by a Jap political extremist...in the 1800s...! Eleen Chang spent her early childhood in her great grandfather's home with its spacious surrounds called the Secret Garden. She thus grew up first educated in classic Chinese and later to Hong Kong to study English...Cheers.