Mr. Hua and Mrs. Hua, liv. Yet, so many other characters were just black silhouettes on the background. We’d love your help. This book is not one for the faint of heart, or easily depressed. I love Bashi, I love the characters. To see what your friends thought of this book. Add new page.

It's often a hard book to take. However, the name of the city and names of characters are all fictional (except for the distant city of Beijing and the former leader, Mao). I guess I didn't need to be convinced that the Chinese version of Communism is not a rational existence; Certainly paints a dismal picture of China in the 1970s. February 3rd 2009 [ with the sharp, stabbing pain of baby girls being thrown out like yesterday's chamber-pot contents; vocal cords being severed and kidneys removed while the political prisoner was alive; the gruesome death of a 6-yr-old's pet dog and his later betrayal of his father (link? Li shows the immense poverty, violence, and destruction of cultural and artistic knowledge that happened under this regime. Nini: whom we first meet eating the flour wallpaper paste from the notices of Gu Shan's denunciation/execution because she's starving and rejected by her family, deformed and a tight knot of anger and hope and opportunism. Dreamscape novel written by a master of short story prose. The book's characters are all so miserable that even the smallest acts of kindness are rare, as. In this powerful and beautiful story, we f. Brilliant and illuminating, this astonishing debut novel by the award-winning writer Yiyun Li is set in China in the late 1970s, when Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society. I liked this book and I will read whatever Yiyun Li writes next. She has received a Whiting Writers' Award and was awarded a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction. I guess I didn't need to be convinced that the Chinese version of Communism is not a rational existence; that government by threat and aphorism is bleak. The falsity of the setting and its inherently conflicted nature both feed and underscore the everyday treacheries that go on there. Dreamscape novel written by a master of short story prose. Start by marking “The Vagrants” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Li shows the immense poverty, violence, and destruction of cultural and artistic knowledge that happened under this regime. A richly detailed portrait of a strange place, a provincial city force-planted in the rural landscape; just outside the city lie the mountain and the domain of villagers and peasants who remained behind while others were transplanted to inaugurate the new faux-urban grid.