The Ginger Tree

The Ginger Tree

Oswald Wynd / Feb 21, 2020

The Ginger Tree In a young Scotswoman named Mary Mackenzie sets sail for China to marry her betrothed a military attach in Peking But soon after her arrival Mary falls into an adulterous affair with a young J

  • Title: The Ginger Tree
  • Author: Oswald Wynd
  • ISBN: 9780907871033
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1903, a young Scotswoman named Mary Mackenzie sets sail for China to marry her betrothed, a military attach in Peking But soon after her arrival, Mary falls into an adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman, scandalizing the British community Casting her out of the European community, her compatriots tear her away from her small daughter A woman abandoned andIn 1903, a young Scotswoman named Mary Mackenzie sets sail for China to marry her betrothed, a military attach in Peking But soon after her arrival, Mary falls into an adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman, scandalizing the British community Casting her out of the European community, her compatriots tear her away from her small daughter A woman abandoned and alone, Mary learns to survive over forty tumultuous years in Asia, including two world wars and the cataclysmic Tokyo earthquake of 1923.A bestseller in England, this bittersweet story of love and betrayal in the Far East is the source of the Masterpiece Theatre miniseries.

    The Ginger Tree TV Mini Series Nov , With Samantha Bond, Daisuke Ry, Fumi Dan, Joanna McCallum In , a young Scotswoman goes to join her diplomat fianc in Manchuria She marries him, and finds herself in a war zone Disenchanted with her husband, she falls in love with a married Japanese nobleman, Count Kentaro Kurihama, and bears him a son She carves out a life for herself in Japanese society, despite The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd The Ginger Tree has , ratings and reviews Anne said This is a story of a young Scottish woman, Mary MacKenzie, who moves to China to get marrie The Ginger Tree TV series The Ginger Tree is a BBC s four part TV adaptation, based on Oswald Wynd s novel of the same name, adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by Anthony Garner and Morimasa Matsumoto Originally aired on BBC from November to December , starring Samantha Bond as Mary MacKenzie, The Ginger Tree The Ginger Tree is a novel by Scottish novelist Oswald Wynd The novel was adapted into a part TV series by the BBC and Japan s NHK for release in , and subsequently shown as part of PBS s Masterpiece Theatre Because of the adaptation, the novel became Wynd s most famous. The Ginger Tree Episode YouTube Aug , The Ginger Tree In , a young Scotswoman named Mary Mackenzie sets sail for China to marry her betrothed, a military attach in Peking But soon after her arrival, Mary falls into an The Ginger Tree Oswald Wynd The Ginger Tree is a lovely read, filled with unexpected turns as the main character makes her way through a world that is less than welcoming to her life choices It Masterpiece Theatre The Ginger Tree TV The Ginger Tree is a four part program from the PBS show Masterpiece Theatre In the final episode, Mary has become a successful business woman who is still searching for her son. The Ginger Tree TV Mini Series Plot Summary The Ginger Tree Plot Showing all items Jump to Summaries Summaries In , a young Scotswoman goes to join her diplomat fianc in Manchuria She marries him, and finds herself in a war zone Disenchanted with her husband, she falls in love with a married Japanese nobleman, Count Kentaro Kurihama, and bears him a son. Ginger Tree Order Online Westford, MA Chinese View Ginger Tree menu, Order Chinese food Delivery Online from Ginger Tree, Best Chinese Delivery in Westford, MA

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      • Oswald Wynd

        Aka Gavin Black From Oswald Wynd 1913 1998 was a Scottish writer, born in Tokyo of parents who had left their native Perth to run a mission in Japan.He attended schools in Japan where he grew up speaking both English and Japanese In 1932 he returned with his parents to Scotland, and studied at the University of Edinburgh and began to write novels When World War II came he joined the Scots Guards but was then commissioned into the Intelligence Corps and sent to Malaya At the time of the Japanese invasion, he was attached to the Indian Army on the east coast of Malaya, and his brigade covered the final withdrawal to Singapore Cut off by the Japanese advance, he was lost alone for a week in the Johor jungle Eventually he was captured and spent than three years as a prisoner of war, during which time he was mentioned in dispatches for his work as an interpreter for prisoners.In Hokkaid , during the last year of the war, he began a novel, Black Fountains, which in 1947 won the Doubleday Prize 1 2 After the war he returned to Scotland, via the Philippines, having now spent some twenty three years of his life in the Far East He lived in Scotland until his death in 1998 writing, among other books, the much admired The Ginger Tree and a series of highly successful thrillers under the pseudonym of Gavin Black.In the late 1980s The Ginger Tree was turned into a television series by the BBC, with NHK, Japan and WGBH Boston 3 4 , starring Samantha Bond as the protagonist.


    1. This is a story of a young Scottish woman, Mary MacKenzie, who moves to China to get married in the early 1900s. She tells us her story through diary entries and letters. The writing carries us from event to event in her life in a rather robotic way: this happened and then this happened and so on. The writing was very affectless which made me feel very distant from Mary and unengaged in her story. This made for quite tedious reading. Several times I felt like putting down this book, but thought [...]

    2. NO SPOILERSFinished: Having completed the whole book I now feel it was simply amazing. Why? It never felt like fiction. Never. I have a hard time believing it is not based on some person the author knew Mary, who she was when she travelled to marry Richard and who she became living alone in the Orient, was perfectly rendered. This is not a long book. Only the essentials are related, but that which is depicted is done with care and wonderful prose. That which the author has chosen to tell us and [...]

    3. Just arrived from USA trough BM.This is the story of a Scotswoman Mary MacKenzie who starts her saga by sailing in 1903 in order to get married to a military attache in Peking. However, she falls in love with a young Japanese nobleman and her adulterous case is very criticized by the British community in Peking. If you really want to know what happens next, you MUST read this book which is written as letters to her mother in Scotland.

    4. This has been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for more than 10 years. I was attracted to it by the recommendations of others but put off by the fact that it is told in journal entries and some letters, which is generally not my favorite way to convey a story. However, in this case, I was pulled into Mary Mackenzie's world from the first few pages and stayed there. It's been a long time since I've read a book that kept calling me to sit down and read every moment but this one did just that [...]

    5. I wasn't sure how I would like this book as it takes the form of letters and diary/ journal entries but I was hooked from page 1. Mary carried me from Edinburgh to China and then Japan with her all the way. I am not sure how historically accurate it was but as a portrayal of how young married women were treated in the far east, it moved me. I was so good to read how she survived and grew. My only criticism is that some times the time lapse were too large and I was left wondering about the missin [...]

    6. This book covers quite of bit of early 19 century in the China/Japan from 1903 to 1942. It is written by a male Oswald Wynd but in a women's voice. He pulls much from his own background: His parents were from Scotland -the main protagonist, Mary Mackenzie; the author was born in 1913 in the foreigner's quarter of Tokoyo, Japan in 1913 while his father was working as a baptist missionary and spent most of his life in Japan--his protagonist spent most of her adult life in Japan and felt like it wa [...]

    7. This novel was first published way back in 1977, and has been reprinted several times so must be a popular story! This book was given to me to read by an elderly couple, her Japanese and he European. They were married in Japan some 47 years ago, such a mixed marriage being unusual for those days. They suggested I read this because it gives a lot of insight into Japanese society from around 1900 to WWII. Things of course started to change in Japan after the war, but prior to that very little chan [...]

    8. This is the kind of book that unfolds like a delectable seven-course meal. Not too rich and everything cooked to perfection. The characters are well-drawn, and sense of place is unforgettable. What I love about this book is how it shows opportunities and decisions conspire to shape one's life, but outside forces will intrude. We are never truly in control of our own lives. Natural disasters, political forces, and people we randomly meet will change our lives for good and bad. The plot of this bo [...]

    9. This very readable novel tells the story of Mary MacKenzie, taken from her genteel and strict upbringing in Edinburgh to no less strict societies in Japan and China, and how the life changing event of an extra-marital liaison leads to her eventual, partial integration and development in her chosen land. We learn about Eastern attitudes, ambitions and the foretold expansionism of Japan through her personal and diplomatic relationships with a number of strong and diverse characters in the diplomat [...]

    10. This is by far the most interesting book I have read this year. The joy of participating in a book club is that you are often introduced to a book you would not find on your own, and that was precisely the case with this 1977 novel.Written as the first-person account of a young woman travelling to Asia in 1903 to marry a Scottish military attaché, I was totally captivated by her story from the first page. It was very apparent, early on, that this was going to be a rough ride for our protagonist [...]

    11. Am I the only guy who has read this book? I grabbed this book on my way out the door, on the way to pick up our son from pre-school. If I arrive early, I wait and read a book. I didn't notice until I had arrived at the school that it was not one of my books, but one of my wife's instead. When I told her what I was reading she said; 'You're not going to like that one'. She said that since I usually read a lot of 'guy' type books. WWII memoirs, travel adventure books, some non-fiction History, mys [...]

    12. Set in China and Japan, spanning the period from 1903 to the outbreak of WW2, The Ginger Tree tells the story of young Scottish woman, Mary Mackenzie, who travels to China to marry, then through circumstance is forced to survive alone in an alien East. This was chosen as my book group read and I'm so glad it was, as it was the first I'd heard of author,Oswald Wynd, and The Ginger Tree. At times, through 21st century eyes, I found it difficult to understand decisions taken my Mary, but be in no d [...]

    13. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Beautifully written fascinating account of the fall from grace & subsequent struggle to establish a life on her own of a Scottish girl from Edinburgh who goes to China in 1903 to marry a rather stuffy unpleasant British military attache. Mary Mackenzie keeps a diary and the novel follows her very brief cataclysmic affair with a Japanese officer recuperating in China from a wound incurred during the Russo Japanese war, her pregnancy, her banishment by her husband [...]

    14. I'll start saying that the author, Oswald Wynd was born and grew up in Japan and long after, he was a Japanese prisoner of war, this means he has some kind of a grudge against Japanese people, even if he respects them. You can feel it all over the book, the first person knowledge of a Country, of a population, their ways and their mentalities, I think that, until now he was the best to describe Japanese way of thinking and the sudden and deep change in their ways after 1910, their strong nationa [...]

    15. There are some great moments in this, and I love the world it evokes. The prose is often denser than I prefer though, and I think it would have been more enjoyable if that had been thinned a bit in some spots. I think it does the Forest Gump moments of history thing too, which comes off as a gimmick where that occurs. On the whole very nicely done though. I enjoyed reading.

    16. An outline of the story creates great anticipation, but the actual book disappoints the reader. The main character is Mary, who in 1903 leaves her home in Scotland to sail for China where she will marry her fiancé, who is there with the diplomatic corps. In the first year, she has a child, is unhappy and (this is not a spoiler because this info is printed on the back of the book) begins an illicit affair with a Japanese general. For her scandal, she is removed from European society and separate [...]

    17. Where has this book been hiding? I very much enjoyed this story of a young woman named Mary who makes her way through the world; although it was very, very sad. But that's time for ya. She starts off on a boat, traveling to China to meet her betrothed. I admit that at first I didn't much care for her - stuffy and scandalized to be seen on deck with a man and her chaperone nowhere in sight!Her marriage to a patronizing jerk seemed miserable. Poor Mary was choking on society at every turn, as if h [...]

    18. It's a story of a young girl from Edinburgh who goes to China shortly after the Taiping Rebellion to marry a British military attaché, then has an affair with a Japanese aristocrat, is ostracized by the fellow foreigners, loses this and that (don't want to make spoilers), goes to live in Japan, then leaves Japan in the middle of the Pacific War. The end.It's enjoyable, I suppose, well written and all that, interesting details, but the main character, apparently designed as a strong, resilient w [...]

    19. This well-researched epistolary novel by Oswald Wynd follows a young Scotchwoman’s (Mary MacKenzie) journey to China at the start of the twentieth-century. I enjoyed the book’s relatively unusual examination of a woman’s position in colonial high society and her ‘insights’ into the culture of China and Japan at this time. Alas I never really felt very engaged by Mary herself begins as a naïve air head who eventually heaps misfortune on herself through terrible choices and becomes a ma [...]

    20. I came across this book when my on-line book club was looking for Japanese fiction for our monthly read. It is a lovely tale describing a young woman's journey from Europe to the Far East at the beginning of the 20th century. Based on the author's family papers, and very well written, this tale is told in the form of letters and diary entries. The details of the culture at the time are fascinating and I found myself caring about the main character from the beginning. The only difficulty is that [...]

    21. I initially thought this book a bit stuffy however I quickly became absorbed in the story and the historical events of the early 20th century. The writing style provided an insight into the character of the heroine from the beginning of her journey from Scotland to China and provided some wonderful descriptions of both Chinese, Japanese culture and described attitudes towards women in this period. I felt the diary entries allowed the reader an intimate picture of Mary's changing feelings towards [...]

    22. This is a gripping and original novel about a young Scottish woman who travels to China to meet her fiancé Richard in the early 20th century. Mary McKenzie grows from a naive young girl on board ship to a competent businesswoman in Japan years later. Reminiscent of Memoirs of a Geisha, this book includes a wealth of detail about life in China and Japan. Separated from her children by her husband and father of her son respectively, Mary becomes an independent and confident woman who survives on [...]

    23. I would rate this book more highly but there was just something lacking about it. Soul, perhaps. It felt a little stiff to me, which perhaps is appropriate, given the refined societies of its characters. But I did really enjoy the book. I read it in the week after I started my maternity leave but before the baby came. So I have very sweet memories attached to it. I also love historical fiction.

    24. A Scottish woman married to an English officer in China, has an affair with a Japanese nobleman with dire consequences. I thought the relationship between Mary collingsworth and count Kentaro Kurihama somewhat contrived. I did find Mary's life in Japan as a foreigner and outcast fascinating. Not a page turner but interesting.

    25. I found this slow-going at times. I also found Mary MacKenzie a little aloof and I don't think the author intended that. She was quite risque for her day and for the setting in Japan. I didn't get the sense that she mourned the loss of her children at all. Maybe it was that Scottish stoicism. She didn't strike me as cold so much as just kind of blank.

    26. I did enjoy this story. I found it impossible to predict what would happen next - so many twists and turns - and this kept up my interest and enjoyment. I learnt a lot about a culture and a time that I knew very little about.

    27. J'ai beaucoup aimé l'histoire de cette femme qui part pour l'Asie au début du XXe siècle, et qui raconte comment elle va surmonter les difficultés dans sa vie d'expatriée.

    28. Slow to get into because epistolary books are tough for me to swallow, but once the action started around the end of the first third I was immersed. I think it's a weird book to read in 2018 -- it feels antiquated in some of its attitudes about colonization, imperialism, and feminism, but also gives a little peek into a history I know very little about. A subdued, heartbreaking story about the shuttering of a heart in order to live one's life freely.

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