A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
In her short story collection A Thousand Good Years of Prayers each character vies to break free fr...more
The writing was good, but the stories themselves were very negative and depressing. They dealt with the lives of Chinese people in modern day China and all the c...more
It was dreamlike, intense - wonderful - to see the culture that I have grown up with immortalized in short stories of this caliber. Li delivers stunning insights and feelings that I can empathize with, which makes the read all the better. Her metaphors and vivid descriptions were so very real. Reading the book was an experience in itself, and I felt very disjointed...more
I've heard from some that Li's writing is "too depressing" but well really, such is life. Realism has a price. It reminds me of how a friend complained about the tragic unhappy ending to the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I thought that was hilarious since in the Chinese view- if its real love then simeone's got to suffer & sacrifice. Happy endings are trite & sup...more
This was her first collection of short stories, and I...more
With a Plimpton Prize and publications in the New Yorker and Paris Review, Li has found her natural medium: writing stories in her nonnative English. Her language is simple and graceful, her observations of modern life penetrating and moving. In her book debut, she has rendered, with freshness, the rich tapestry of global Chinese life in all its complexity, angst, and comfort.
This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
YiYun Li è maestra nel presentare spaccati della vita quotidiana in una Cina a metà tra occidentalizzazion...more
I noted too, a few other interesting p...more
I don't have doubts that communism in China wa...more
She was named a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. I realize I just copied that from wikipedia but who cares. This was without question one of the best SS anthologies I've opened.
Mostly this book reinforced my long standing belief that I will never understand Chinese people.
However I would really recommend it.