The standards for independent women in new era mainly include economic independence, ideological independence, emotional independence, etc. Now more and more women are taking a step forward towards independence, but in feudal era, only a very small number of women can break through through cage above your head and breathe a little more freely under haze of power. The previous "History of Yanxi Palace" and "Biography of Zhen Huan" can be seen as cool literary models for ordinary court women who act as protagonists, while Zhang Ling's "Sleep Flo Sleep" tells story of a woman in ocean. On other hand, woman who was sold in Jinshan by her family won respect of entire city with her hard work and lifestyle.
In that era, productivity levels were low, and at end of Qing Dynasty, situation was turbulent. To earn a living, most poor families had to have more children. But now that population is about to enter negative growth, men and women of right age are unwilling to marry, let alone have children. Of course, this is another dilemma. Fu Luo was sold in Jinshan by her family. Although compared to those women who were sold to brothels, she was a little lucky, but like origin of name Flower, flower that arrived in Jinshan was destined to be destroyed by wind. and sand covered with cow dung.
The buyer, Jim, a cheeky gold digger who was bitten by a bear and injured his leg, opened a bar at end of street in Barkerville. The streets are filled with people of all colors, and at end of street is a gathering place for Chinese gold miners, and in middle of street stands an invisible barrier. Ever since Flo came to Jinshan, she had her own plans. Every time Jim wanted to ride it, he had to pay for job. Cripple Jim had to put up with it for a moment's pleasure. Later, she raised chickens, grew vegetables and herbs, and saved money from various sources, just to redeem herself. But not only can she easily leave with enough money, but luckily she meets foreigner Danny, a Scot who is willing to stake all his possessions for her and Jim, and finally defeats Flo and gives her freedom. I bought a house for her to open a restaurant.
Flo has always proudly boasted that she was first to rise in gold fields along Williams River and its tributaries, and few could contradict her. Since I came to Jinshan, no matter when I was at Jim's house or when I was confident, except for sleeping and closing my eyes at night, I never had time to finish day. After gaining her freedom, she helped a woman later bought by Jim have a baby, helped resolve disputes on streets, and hinted at Jim's environmental fix before Governor General of Canada inspected job, closing distance between Chinese and foreigners. different nationalities, and reconciliation with each other. The whole atmosphere of Barkerville. After she died of a heart attack due to overwork, whole city put a tombstone for her: "Sleep, Flo, sleep" - because she could finally rest in peace.
Zhang Ling's work is always filled with natural sorrow, and although this book begins with suffering and ends in tragedy, it is an inspiring story. In old days, there were many strong, self-confident, intelligent and hardworking people, such as Flo woman.