3 out of 4 stars
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FANNY by David, by David Unknown, is a true-life story about the author. David was being used by his family. He felt trapped since he was the only one taking care of his elderly and sick parents, despite having eight siblings. Wanting to flee to the furthest place from home, he plotted his escape. He found employment, as a teacher, at a college in China and soon enough left America. Relocating to a new place with a strange language and culture, David tried to find peace and satisfaction in China. Alas, he soon met a crafty Chinese woman, and before he knew it, he was in a marriage he never envisaged.
In spite of David's unsatisfying marriage, he continued to seek peace and comfort, concentrating on his job. One day, he met a young woman again, who was his student four years ago, and there was a ray of light in his life. He soon found love and became happy. However, life had an unpleasant surprise for him. Would David be able to free himself from his wily wife? Would the inevitable allow him to enjoy a lifetime of love and happiness?
Exploring chiefly the themes of true love, sacrifice, and courage in times of ill health, this book is quite interesting and eye-opening. Having happy and sad moments, it's fascinating and suspenseful. The author included the past events in his life in an engaging manner, telling about his childhood, parents, siblings, relocating to China, jobs, and so forth. As I read, I wanted to know more.
What I like most about the book is how the author tells about Chinese culture and China's economy, including the dating attitudes and marriage expectations of the Chinese people. While telling his story, David examines "family belonging," defining rational choice theory and relating it to his situation. Also, he analyses "unfair judgmental societal norms" and racism. All these and more spice up the book and make it unique. In addition, the author's descriptions and characters are vivid. He was strong on narrative, and I could relate to his story.
Nonetheless, the closure of the book seems rushed. I think that the author should have added more pages and elaborate on what happened after he and Fanny left the hospital in Chicago. Anyway, he still succeeded in telling his story in a satisfactory way. Furthermore, the book has some explicit sex scenes, which are kind of hot. Readers who don't like books with such scenes may want to skip it.
Altogether, I rate FANNY by David 3 out of 4 stars because it's intriguing and enlightening. I would have been glad to give it 4 stars, but I saw some grammar errors and typos, which I couldn't ignore. For example, there are misspelled words and punctuation errors. It should go through a second round of editing to clean it. I recommend it to non-fiction lovers, who enjoy true stories about love. Besides, it'll be a good read for anyone who feels suffocated by family members and wants a way out to have a better life.
FANNY by David
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