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Family Catastrophe: A Modernist Novel (Fiction from Modern China)
'The first English publication of this important novel by Wang Wen-hsing is bound to be seen as a major event in the scholarly community of Chinese literary studies. The novel's artistic excellence and its universal theme...promise to provide an aesthetically gratifying experience for general readers as well.' -Sun-sheng Yvonne Change, University of Texas, Austin
Paperback, 276 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by University of Hawaii Press
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At first, the ending appears to be emotional unsatisfying and inconclusive as the father is never found. However, I have immediately come to realize that his disappearance mirrors his inner disappearance of self, paralleled by his Alzheimer's symptoms (the reason for his initial disappearance). The ending is quite tragic, and I honestly think the son is too harsh to his father. But it makes sense. After the source of tension and grief is gone (aka the father), the family is happier and better of ...more