Shangai Baby (French Language Edition)
The gap that divides those of us born in the 1970s and the older generation has never been so wide.
Dark and edgy, deliciously naughty, an intoxicating cocktail of sex and the search for love, Shanghai Baby has already risen to cult status in mainland China. The risque contents of the breakthrough novel by hip new author Wei Hui have so alarmed Beijing authorities that t...more
Well, duh, you can read the title, right?
It turned out, my Chinese friends - who are not from Shanghai - begged me to read this book to prove their points that Shanghai girls are *cough* a bit unruly on the sex and wild side. They have this prejudice that Shanghai girls are only after white guys and that they would do anything...more
Wei Hui's attempts to contrast hedonism and the search for authenticity within the lens of the post Deng Xiaopeng China and such weightier themes (East vs West, capitalism vs imperialism) doesn't work.
This is more Cosmo that Keroac, more gossip column than Henry Miller. Notably only for its overblown sex scenes leading...more
I walked into the bookstore, undecided, on whether to buy something, but insisted on looking for one anyway. Walked past a few aisles, looked past the many copies of books which are currently dominating the prevailing current of thought, and grabbed this one copy of a book so unnoticeable. Had second thoughts on buying it, finally grabbed it.. and left it on the counter. I was sure minutes after then that I should have bought it and promised...more
The protagonist is this Shanghai girl nicknamed Coco whose idol is Coco Chanel. You could say that the two have something in common--- While Coco Chanel was famous for her relationship with a Nazi o...more
Shanghai Baby was famously banned in China, and although failing to reach any huge level of greatness, clearly illustrates the character's self-centred after-every-expat nature. but this seems to be Shanghai in general. a complete destruction of this city would not turn it into Jerusalem. to some degree, criticism of the book is deserved in that it reflects the sort of "worst stere...more
Coco has many great friends beside her. They sometimes asked Coco hang out and spend the night together. Coco...more
By encouraging her boy friend, Tian Tian, a painter, Coco felt self confidence to write her novel. Tian Tian saw that Coco was very talented at writing.
This novel also described that Shanghai was a changing city. Where modern met old. And East met West. That's why Shanghai is always interesting city in the world.In the wilderness of Shanghai,...more
The main character is called Coco and she wants to be famous, a characteristic that she attributes to Shanghai's s...more
Also, Wei Hui most pretentious. And her writing, ugh. "A team of Japanese boys on roller skates looked like mounted butterflies as they showed off their techniques... their dyed hair...more
I can't say I really... liked it. I can't say it was just ok either; it's somewhere in between, and to be fair, I never went past half the book.
The part I read wasn't all that bad, but it felt a bit like the author kept trying to sound more than what she could actually be. Like a kid trying to use big words.
I got bored halfway through and decided I better take my time reading about samurai.
El personaje principal, Coco, también me ha parecido sorpre...more
Shangai Baby no es un libro que leería dos veces, al menos no de momento. Es interesante, está bien escrito y tiene ciertos “raptos” fi...more
Novel ini bercerita mengenai seorang penulis muda bernama Coco. Coco terlahir dengan nama Nikki, adalah seorang anak tunggal dari pasangan professor di suatu universitas.
Sehari-harinya Coco tinggal bersama kekasihnya, Tian Tian, seorang pelukis muda yang impoten. Walau sangat mencint...more
- No hagas eso -decía Tiantian con amargura mientras giraba la cabeza al otro lado.
Pero yo seguía quitándome la ropa, como una profesional del striptease. Pequeñas flores azule...more
Where the book suffers slightly is an element of character overload. The main characters, Coco and Tian Tian are fine, and Coco's Western lover Mark is okay too.
There does not seem to be much character depth in anyone else except dope-happy Tian Tian, whose pain you really feel. As for Coco, she seems like an over s...more
Her novel Shanghai Baby (2000) was banned in the People's Republic of China as "decadent". Her latest novel Marrying Buddha (2005) was censored, modified and published in China under a modified title.
Wei Hui has been regarded by international media as a spokeswoman of th...more