The author of Red Sorghum and China's most revered and controversial novelist returns with his first major publication since winning the Nobel Prize.>
In 2012, the Nobel committee confirmed Mo Yan's position as one of the greatest and most important writers of our time. In his much-anticipated new novel, Mo Yan chronicles the sweeping history of modern China through the lens of the nation's controversial one-child policy.
Frog opens with a playwright nicknamed Tadpole who plans to write about his aunt. In her youth, Gugu - the beautiful daughter of a famous doctor and staunch Communist - is revered for her skill as a midwife. But when her lover defects, Gugu's own loyalty to the Party is questioned. She decides to prove her allegiance by strictly enforcing the one-child policy, keeping tabs on the number of children in the village, and performing abortions on women as many as eight months pregnant.
In sharply personal prose, Mo Yan depicts a world of desperate families, illegal surrogates, forced abortions, and the guilt of those who must enforce the policy. At once illuminating and devastating, it shines a light into the heart of communist China.
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Loved the Novel, not a fan of the play at end
I have to give Graeme credit for doing an excellent job with Gugu, I got a really strong sense of her attitude and outlook.
Gugu, while not the main character was the focus and and the center of the story. I remember her journey the most.
The novel itself I enjoyed, however having the narrator read the play, including stage directions at the end was an unpleasant addition to the core of the story on a personal level.
Amazing story of reproduction.