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Chaos and All That: An Irreverent Novel (Fiction from Modern China)

3.06 of 5 stars 3.06  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  3 reviews
This brilliant little novel, set against the backdrop of post-Mao China, juxtaposes recollections of childhood, pet ownership, and marriage with discussions of art, sex, and murder, weaving together an absurdist tapestry that is the inner life of the novel's felicitously named protagonist, Huang Haha. Deftly manipulating language and point of view, author Liu Sola combines ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by University of Hawaii Press
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Dave
There's a pretty good fart joke and some funny bits on swearing and I'm not going to try to tell you I didn't enjoy those. The rest of the book wasn't terrible but nothing I'd recommend.
Jessica
Jan 25, 2012 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: High school and up.
Original and artistically written, this short novel depicts life in post-Mao China. Having known little about life in post-Mao China, I found this to be an interesting read. The language is not watered down, it is strong, and to-the-point; I appreciated that.
Daren
Meh, I guess it is good that it is a short book, otherwise I probably wouldn't have persisted. The story of a girl living in London, recalling her life and family growing up in Peking (Beijing).
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