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The paper outlines the story in "The Ginger Tree", by Oswald Wynd, about the Scottish woman who, despite being placed in an entirely foreign and unique land that was mostly male dominated, became highly successful and wealthy. The paper discusses how this is an inspirational story that teaches perseverance, wisdom, patience and how to take chances in difficult times, and also offers an understanding and depiction of the culture, customs, history and lifestyle of Japan. According to this writer, Wynd has succeeded in creating a forceful and moving story that holds ideas that have the potential to haunt readers for a long time.
From the Paper:"The Ginger Tree is a story written by Oswald Wynd that is told through journal entries and fictional letters. It is a tragic and captivating tale that reveals the life of a flawed woman who gets stuck up in a flawed world. The main strength of the book does not lie in its plot or characters or style of writing but in the historical insights of life in Japan and China during the period from the early 1900s to the end of the Second World War. The story is revealed through the diary entries and letters written by Mary Mackenzie, a Scottish woman who had set sail to China to join with an English military attache she had resolved to marry in order to escape from the unexciting life that she led in Scotland. Marie's marriage proves to be a disaster although she gives birth to a daughter. Marie has a short affair with a Japanese soldier and gets pregnant after which she is ostracized by the expatriate community in China. She escapes to Japan and remains there till 1942 and the story ends here. During all these years Mary undergoes all kinds of trials and sufferings but eventually creates circumstances for herself that allow her to lead a good life in Japan. She becomes financially independent, which is indeed an exceptional achievement for a woman during those war torn years."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Adrain, Jack. Obituary: Oswald Wynd. The Independent. August 6, 1998.
- Okamoto, Shumpei. The Japanese Oligarchy and the Russo-Japanese War. Columbia University Press, 1970.
- Wynd, Oswald. The Ginger Tree, Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2002.
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"The Ginger Tree" (2013, January 17) Retrieved April 05, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-ginger-tree-152245/
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