Monday, June 4, 2012
Time Travel to China
If you are a history buff and even if you're not, the idea of time travel is tantalizing. The first time travel novel I read was Daphne DuMaurier's now forgotten The House of the Strand which was a trip back to 14th century England. (DuMaurier is better known for Rebecca which is always a good mystery read!) I was hooked from the start and so when Along the River by Adeline Yen Mah fell into my hands, I knew it was my next book to read. The story begins in China during the dark days of World War II. Thirteen year old CC is helping her Aunt to smuggle American airmen away from prying Japanese eyes. In a moment of panic she runs and falls down hitting her head and falls into a coma for several weeks. When she emerges, she is inexplicably drawn to a painting she sees in a book. She feels as if she has been there. It is a painting of a busy river scene during the Song Dynasty (970-1279). Through hypnotherapy she relates a story to her doctor of that time as if she were there. You will feel as if you are there too as a story emerges of how the painting came to be.