This is a fascinating book from which I learned a bit of what it was like to live in China during the first half of the 20th century. China in Another Time: A Personal Story is the memoir of Claire Malcolm Lintilhac. She was the daughter of Canadian missionaries doing service in China. Claire was born in North China where she lived and served as a nurse for most of her life.
The book is laid out beautifully with photographs taken by Claire on each page. Some of the pictures are marked with audio icons that correlate with Claire’s own voice on the book’s website. This made the book come alive even more for me.
I found the description of women’s foot binding, long nails, and plucked bangs intriguing. We see how women were repressed by men. Not a new concept at all. Same old thing, but different in China during the 1900’s. Claire shares descriptions of living behind walls, rickshaws, water purification, routines of their homes, nursing, delivering babies, and the communist takeover.
Favorite quote: “When you bind the feet of a nation’s women for so many centuries, you bind more than their feet. And when you release those feet, you release more than just feet.” Perfect quote for National Women’s Month, right?
Claire was an example of a selfless woman who lived to serve others. She was a valuable asset and friend to the people she helped during her life. I am deeply touched by her story.
NUGGET GAINED: “The ultimate principle of life is love.”
Big thanks to Suzy Approved Book Tours for my gifted copy and stop on this enlightening tour!