Friday, February 10, 2012

Warriors and Wailers by Sarah Tsiang

I'm seriously loving Annick Press right now. Their books are sooooo cute! It's the kind of stuff that I read when I see at people's houses (I know I'm over the target age, but humour me). The latest book that I managed to get from NetGalley was Warriors and Wailers by Sarah Tsiang, which explores the different jobs in ancient China.
The book has a short introduction to China and then delves into the jobs that existed back then. It's divided into 10 chapters, each chapter focusing on a particular aspect of Ancient Chinese life, e.g. Imperial, Religion, Peasant, etc.

Personally, I thought this book was extremely cute. I heard of most of the jobs before, but some, like "Pearl Maker", I've never heard of. I guess some things aren't covered in TVB/Hong Kong dramas.

I'm finding it quite hard to review this book without going into details about the various jobs in China, but suffice to say, this book is good. It's suitable for children or someone who wants to learn about Ancient China but doesn't know where to start. I've read the history textbooks on Ancient China (don't ask), and I can safely say that this is more interesting that that huge tome.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.

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