Yiyun Li is the winner of the prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. The Vagrants, set in 1979 China, is the story of those affected by the execution of a 28-year-old counterrevolutionary. Though suffering, Li's characters nevertheless struggle to maintain hope amid cruel circumstance.
“Extraordinary . . . beautifully paced, exquisitely detailed . . . In this most amazing first novel, Yiyun Li has found a way to combine the jeweled precision of her short-story-writer’s gaze with a spellbinding vision of the power of the human spirit.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Powerful and thoughtful . . . a revelation.” (The Washington Post)
“The Vagrants is pure pleasure and a must-read.” (San Francisco Magazine)
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Lovely prose, good story, deadly narration
The writing is poetic and the images vivid. Characters are interesting and thoughtfully, carefully, gradually revealed. It is a grim story and a grim setting. Very interesting experience of "small city" 1970's China and some of its citizens.
I would not listen to another audiobook narrated by Jackie Chung, however. Her reading is flat--even compared to my own mind's!
Grim but Revealing Novel of China. Very Good.