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This searing novel, originally banned in China but later named one of that nation's most influential books, portrays one man's transformation from the spoiled son of a landlord to a kindhearted peasant. After squandering his family's fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of gritty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power.
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By Phillip King on 05-30-18
A Chinese friend recommended that I read this book. She told me that it made her cry. I had read Yu Hua’s China in Ten Words, and I learned a great deal from it. I took her recommendation and bought the book.
I’m glad I did! This gave me more insight on China’s recent history. While a Marine does not cry, it did make this old jarhead’s eyes sweat!
The translation is very well written and the audio quality is very good!