Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “新郎” as Want to Read:
新郎
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

新郎

by
3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,598 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
哈金曾獲 1999 年美國「國家書卷獎」、2000 美國筆會/福克納基金會所頒發「美國筆會/福克納小說獎」,為第一位同時獲此兩項美國文學獎之中國作家。PEN / Faulkner Award 文學獎評審團譽為:「在疏離的後現代時期,仍然堅持寫實派路線的偉大作家之一。」

他被譽為契訶夫班堅實沈穩的筆,用 12 個簡單卻愕然的短篇架構,拼貼出大陸改革開放後的生活實錄。在本書中,哈金再次以《等待》裡的大陸木基市為背景,但這次卻把他筆下的風景擴到了整個城市、把時間拉到了現在:一個存在對岸,但卻同樣勾勒出你我心中的陰鬱,所架構的畸化社會。他的故事都是以人性為出發,最後卻被世界所統一。

全書包括有〈破壞分子〉、〈活著就好〉、〈幼稚園〉、〈武松難尋〉、〈破〉、〈新郎〉、〈暴發戶的故事〉、〈舊情〉、〈荒唐玩笑〉、〈一封公函〉、〈紐約來的女人〉、〈牛仔炸雞進城來
...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Shi Bao (first published October 3rd 2000)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about 新郎, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about 新郎

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,731)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Tze-Wen
Before I share my thoughts on this book, I would like you to consider this bit of history: Mao Zedong died in 1976 and the decade-long Cultural Revolution - that shook up China and led to the persecution and death of many Chinese - ended with his demise and with the arrest and eventual conviction of the Gang of Four (which includes Mao's wife). In 1978, Deng Xiaoping, a Party member who fell out of favour with Mao, won the power struggle within the CCP and it was he who introduced capitalism-ins ...more
Emma
Jun 12, 2016 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short stories, set in modern day China. It's a nice cross-section of different lives in a different culture. Interesting, moving and entertaining writing.
Steve
Jul 22, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My initial reaction after reading the first three stories was one of confusion as the stories always seemed to end abruptly without a point made, or an obvious insight, or even an ironic twist. They seemed, like the few other Chinese writers' stories I have read, to be mostly a picture of a slice of Chinese life. Still, I found the stories engaging once I had dropped the search for deeper meaning - Ha Jin writes well. And they gave insight into the Chinese (and Chinese Communist) culture and how ...more
John Hubbard
Jun 22, 2016 John Hubbard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful collection of short stories all set to some degree in Muji City. I thought Muji was a fictional city and probably so did Ha Jin. I found that Muji is a village of 800 located near Tibet at about 12,000 feet. It is certainly not the Muji City of The Bridegroom in which the Dallas chain Cowboy Chicken opens a branch, factories exist, beggars are present, and a certain amount of Party and military elite live. The most engaging aspect is probably the various crimes the citizens are accus ...more
Caitlyn
I particularly enjoyed "Alive" and "In the Kindergarten". I liked "In the Kindergarten" because it was one of the few without a sad ending. "Alive" was interesting because it showed a really unique way of dealing with a city- or region-wide tragedy. The ways in which the government steps in and encourages people to recover from catastrophe is so incredibly different from what I would expect that it really made me think.

There were no stories in this set that I didn't enjoy. Really good collection
...more
Theresa Sjoquist
This collection of short stories by Ha Jin is set amongst the ordinary people of China and against the after effects of the circumstance of communism. Ha Jin offers us characters such as Mr Chiu in The Saboteur and Shaona, the six year old main character from In The Kindergarten who find ways to extract cunning retribution for injustice heaped on them. Alive is a tale which keeps you in the unfortunate Guhan's pocket until the end. Life plays the kinds of tricks which befall Guhan, not every day ...more
Marissa
Jan 05, 2016 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm definitely a huge fan of Ha Jin's writing - their dreamy but deadpan writing style easily transported me to 1970s-1980s China. I do have a personal interest in the subject (due to having a parent who moved away from China after the cultural revolution) but I still think this book is enjoyable for anyone with even a slight interest in China's history.

Many aspects of every day life are covered, as well as topics like jealousy, racism, sexism, the treatment of homosexuals, and slut shaming.

Like
...more
Essence
May 06, 2014 Essence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful collection of short stories, not only because of the eerie and off-kilter feel or the background or historical context, but really because of the usage of such vivid and yet disparate elements that meld together to create a dystopic universe that is all at once reality and fiction.

This was my first time reading Ha Jin but I must say with this one book, he has become a favorite of mine, His writing leaves you a bit in want, wondering sometimes if he delivered the point or if
...more
Risika
Sep 29, 2015 Risika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful collection of short stories set in modern-day China about the lives of ordinary people in Muji city. Ha Jin's writing is beautiful, honest and subtly-political. His stories cover a wide range of issues such as gender, post-colonialism, capitalism and communism, and family. I felt the quote in the book, "Although the sparrow is small, it has a complete set of organs," resonates with Ha Jin's writing as his short stories are filled with rich characters and compelling stories and themes ...more
Highlyeccentric
I actually didn't finish this collection. It was very well-written, no doubt about that, but I found its appeal very... variable. For instance, the longest and most-acclaimed story, concerning efforts by a regional Chinese TV company to stage a tiger fight with a real tiger (and the hilarious fall-out that ensues) didn't grab me at all.

The collection had many things I like in short stories: domestic detail, a knack for indicating cultural particularities while conveying that they are to be taken
...more
Justina
I loved these stories! I mean, in a sort of rather bleak and depressing way, but I felt a strange connection, like, they reminded me of some writings from the small Eastern European country I'm from, which I totally did not expect. I guess it's probably due to the fact that communism is communism everywhere. However, there were also subtle cultural differences as well. I also love these stories as superb pieces of short-storytelling, drawing characters, relationships, circumstances and small (or ...more
Wahida
Jul 26, 2009 Wahida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really I'd give this book a 4.7 or 4.8---the writing is probably a 5, but I think maybe some of the stories were less character-based than I tend to like. Maybe just more broad---sometimes I felt like the society was the character, instead of any one individual? And maybe that makes sense, since Jin is giving us a perspective on life under modern Chinese communism in the context of encroaching capitalism.

Jin's little details are consistently heartbreaking and gorgeous, and the stories are engag
...more
Kitty
Feb 10, 2013 Kitty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was my first contact with Ha Jin's writing, and it surprised me in many different ways. I can't say it ever once overwhelmed me or blew my mind at any point. It was the steady, honest voice of the writer that grew on me with every page. By the end of it, I was hooked and found myself craving more.

When it comes to favourites, mine were definitely "Broken", "The Bridegroom", "Alive", "The Woman From New York" and "In the Kindergarten", more or less in that order.

I enjoyed the different p
...more
Ape
Apr 30, 2011 Ape rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nathan Marone
Ha Jin writes fiction about a real place - China. If I didn't know any better, I'd have to think that most of what he writes is pure fable, George Orwell by way of John Steinbeck (at least in content, not in style). But the absurdist landscape that Ha Jin presents in this hilarious and dumbfounding collection is, by all accounts, something close to reality. You'd like to say he's a satirist or at least a humorist, but I think his subject matter does all the heavy lifting here. And as far as I'm ...more
Astrid Reza
Aug 21, 2007 Astrid Reza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-book-shelf
the 21st century seems to be belong to china.

lately i've been addicted with chinese contemporary literature. the bridegroom is a collection of stories about the contemporary life in china. most of the stories set in the last half of the 20th centuries. where things turn so comically tragic.

"the bridegroom" hits me bad, especially the part about when the doctor said "being gay is not a sickness, it cannot be cured ... but we have to follow the government rule to give him some electric baths."

anot
...more
zni
Oct 09, 2013 zni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost all of the stories were favorites of mine. "A Tiger-fighter is Hard to Find" provides a clever and cheeky definition of the hero. "In Kindergarten" shows us how a little girl sticks it up to authority. "Alive" is a poignant story about memory and choice. "The Bridegroom" takes us to the problematics of gender and following the norms of society. I found "Saboteur" reminiscent of the encounters and crises in Yu Hua's "Brothers". Some of the stories, though, left me a bit perplexed, namely " ...more
Y. L
Jul 11, 2013 Y. L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Bridegroom', although entitles one of the many short stories in the book, is actually an anthology of short fiction describing the assimilation of American culture into that of China during the post-Maoism era. Being a part of Gen X and coming from a Chinese background, I am fortunate enough to be able to identify with the socialism that Ha Jin describes of in China, but at the same time able to understand the Western capitalist culture that he draws attention to. Most of his stories left m ...more
Christina Maria
3.5 stars

Although these stories share common themes, only two of them seem to be interconnected. The endings, for the most part, seemed sudden, and I sometimes had trouble transitioning from one story to the next. However, they were bizarre (as one would expecting from the era) and entertaining. I juts wish that some of them had been a little fleshed out more.
Noah Appelbaum
May 07, 2015 Noah Appelbaum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short stories set in post-Cultural Revolution China. Alternately horrifying in their portrayal of life in China at the time and in how contemporary "Western" society still manages to look shitty in comparison. Ha Jin is a master of writing real human characters with a range of emotional states and motivations, and the short story format works well to showcase this. The people in these stories often deal with their circumstances in less than admirable ways, just like in real life.
Eveline Chao
Sep 29, 2014 Eveline Chao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't expecting to like this that much because I've read a ton of China books and often feel like I'm China booked out. But these stories were amazing and captured the dark absurdity of China so, so well. Funny without even seeming to try, deceptively simple, felt like it was written with no effort at all. And all the stories are really short and fun to read!
Nicole
Sep 24, 2008 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossed
The Bridegroom is a series of 12 stories taking place in and around China's Muji City. Author Ha Jin's structure is clear and simple, but he says so much in these sentences readers may find themselves re-evaluating their own style.
"After Cowboy Chicken Came to Town" was my favorite story, as I liked seeing a communist worker being influenced by capitalism--wanting democracy in the end as well. The titular story, "The Bridegroom" is also haunting--detailing a man's plight with his son in law's ho
...more
Sara
Nov 03, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first taste of modern Chinese literature having only read older works (Dream of the Red Chamber, Monkey, etc) & I appreciated these windows into a depressing period of Chinese history. Chinese friends told me that Ha Jin's novels were better so I will have to read further.
Caroline
Sep 29, 2014 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bridegroom definitely requires some knowledge of the political and social climate of China pre- and post-Cultural Revolution. I'd have no idea if my best friend had not had to study for a 20th Century Chinese Literature exam and spent 1.5 hours talking at me about Mao's regime.

The book itself is definitely a curiosity - Ha Jin writes with grace and brilliant imagery of the Chinese countryside, balancing social commentary with intrigue. His tone and style are equally haunting and every story fee
...more
skye
Jan 09, 2010 skye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a difficult book. They're stories, and the first 3/4 were totally depressing. I wondered if the amount of personal despair was allegory for social/political repression. A feeling of total impotence against the System - power - police - arbitrary uncontrollable unaccountable force. (Like reading of Uruguayan torture or CIA rendition.) (Is accountability the core of "democracy", or more generally, freedom?)

The later stories had more empowerment, and coming from the earlier despair, it was
...more
Skye
Didn't realise this was a collection of short stories- not my favourite format. But these were rather dark but readable. Can't say you revel in the joy but in my opinion they are realistic and reflect the Chinese thought and 'way of doing things'.
Beverly
This is a collection of strange stories, comically absurd in some places and Kafakaesque in others. They are set in the Chinese city of Muji City in the era after Mao when China was opening up to the rest of the world. It is still a communist nation, and some of the stories are about people caught up in conflict with the overwhelmingly powerful state and their doomed attempts to fight back. In the title story, for example, a young married man finds himself incarcerated for the crime of homosexua ...more
Azzageddi
Jan 12, 2015 Azzageddi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with any short story collection, some were better than others. Still, even the weakest among them were pretty decent.

Favorites: "Broken"; "The Bridegroom"; "Flame"; "After Cowboy Chicken Came to Town"
Graeme
May 22, 2014 Graeme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really wonderful. The stories are engaging despite their length and put together offer a fascinating and valuable insight in to the common experience during an important amd transformational period in China's history.
Lisa
Jun 02, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ha Jin makes an interesting comments on modern Chinese life in this book. The blind obedience to authority, the gossipy nature of the culture that keeps everyone in line. Much of this book shows the helplessness of Chinese trying simply to live and exist in their society, where their every movement and conversation is monitored by their neighbors and colleagues. Anyone who does not quite fit in is allowed to disappear with a mere shrug from those around them. It's too inconvenient to have differ ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 91 92 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • One Man's Bible
  • Acts of Worship: Seven Stories
  • The Laws of Evening: Stories
  • The Past and the Punishments
  • A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
  • Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China
  • Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused: Fiction from Today's China
  • Watching the Tree
  • Please Don't Call Me Human
  • Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia
  • Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work: Stories
  • What the Chinese Don't Eat
  • Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh
  • Journey to the West, Volume 3
  • Soulstorm
  • Harmony of the World: Stories
  • Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man
  • Little Hut of Leaping Fishes
8055
Ha Jin is the pen name of Xuefei Jin, a novelist, poet, short story writer, and Professor of English at Boston University. Ha Jin writes in English about China, a political decision post-Tiananmen Square.
More about Ha Jin...

Share This Book



No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »