In 1927, the Chinese Civil War raged throughout much of China. And then, in 1937, the Japanese invaded China and occupied northeastern China for eight brutal years. Winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, this densely lyrical novel is as beautiful as it is horrific. The story skips back and forth through time, slowing revealing the joys and sorrows of one family living through these difficult years.
I tried but couldn't get into this. It might have been the translation or perhaps it's one of those books that you have to tough out the first portion to get hooked on the rest.
An outstanding novel of China in the 20's and 30's encompassing Japan's brutal invasion and the seeds of the rise of Mao's Communism by the 2012 Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan. Brilliantly with swaths and strokes of incredibly vivid writing, Mo Yan tells the fascinating story of three generations of rural families in a region where red sorghum is grown. Here, Mo Yan paints an indelible picture of individuals inescapably caught up during those turbulent years of change and loss - for which the descriptions of the red sorghum ranging from "glittering seas of blood" to vast waves of rippling beauty serves as a metaphor - just as the novel itself alternates between scenes of horror and brutality and almost transcendent, gem-like grace. This novel is not to be missed.
Probably the author's best known novel, it wasn't in the library's catalogue at the time of his Nobel Prize award, but added later. A great, great story.
Beautiful but violent all the way through, in every breath of the book. A window into an unfamiliar world, almost like a parallel universe, philosophically, and culturally. The book is hard to read, but is stays with you.
I have never read a book that was at once so horrifically gruesome and so beautiful. This was a story about a family that had what it took to survive a time of violence: ruthlessness. However, I am glad that I read this book and that this story was told. This a compelling story full of indelible images that will stick with you long after you've finished the novel.
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