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The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the Wild West
The Poker Bride The First Chinese in the Wild West
Author: Christopher Corbett
When gold rush fever gripped the globe in 1849, thousands of Chinese immigrants came through San Francisco on their way to seek their fortunes. They were called sojourners, for they never intended to stay. In The Poker Bride, Christopher Corbett uses a little-known legend from Idaho lore as a lens into this Chinese experience. Before 1849, th...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780802119094
ISBN-10: 0802119093
Publication Date: 2/2/2010
Pages: 240
Edition: 1
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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I'm sorry to say that this is a very disappointing book.
From the title, you'd assume that the book is about a Chinese woman who was won in a poker game in the west. However, the book is actually about the old west and the role of the Chinese in it. Very little, and I mean VERY little is said about Polly, a Chinese concubine whom this book is supposed to be written about. The opening chapter gives a hint of what the book "could" have been, but that's where it ends. This is not a biography of a woman's life in the old west, it's about the old west in America during the gold rush.
I found it tedious and kept hoping that somewhere the author would tie in Polly to the story but he only mentions her in passing very rarely.
I'm very disappointed. I read more then half the book and kept waiting and hoping, but it never materialized. I finally gave up. This could have been a great book but it fell totally flat in my opinion.
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