Here is China as we’ve never seen it, in a sweeping, Rabelaisian panorama of forty years of rough-and-rumble Chinese history that has already scandali...more
Yu's roller coaster
Is careless with emotions.
Like a bad girlfriend
I'm not really sure what to make of Brothers. I liked it, that much is certain.
The story is expansive and the characters indelible. The insight into the development of Chinese culture over the last four decades was enlightening. The episodes related were heartfelt, both funny and tragic. And sometimes even both simultaneously. I was involved for the book's entirety (wh...more
Il m'a fallut du temps pour pondre ce billet, du temps pour repenser à ce roman et prendre du recul. Voilà un roman qui marque, je m'aperçois que j'y repense encore, alors que je l'ai terminé il y a plusieurs jours. Ce roman n'est pas anodin, il est d'abord très bien écrit, l'auteur nous ouvre une bulle dans le passé dont on a du mal à ressortir, et puis les personnages sont réels, ou presque. Les deux frères, qui sont en fait les deux destins de ce roman, ont une telle densité qu'on pourrait le...more
Schon in ihrer Jugend stehen die beiden Brüder schließlic...more
Brother's achieves some success in putting a face on the people driving the Chin...more
Because of its subversive portrait and critique of China's oppression and soul-changing capitalism, Brothers, while a best seller in China, also raised some eyebrows. Critics in the United States, however, embraced Brothers for its enlightening look at the country's social and economic transformation. To be sure, the novel is a ribald satire of both the Cultural Revolution and the distortion of its ideals, and the crude, unsophisticated humor and plot may alienate some readers. Some of this may...more
There were good moments in this book, such the stories of 李光头 (li) as a child that reminded me of Huck Finn or a good episode of the Simpsons. The depiction of the cultural revolution, especially after witnessing red armbands suddenly appear on neighbors during the recent protests against Japan, was vivid and f...more
And there, you will probably know whether you want to read this book or not. Because right from the start, your senses are assaulted with fecal matter and butts in a public toilet in Liu Town, China. Teenaged Baldy Li is the centre of the scandal, after being caught peeping at women in the public toilet. However, our young entrepreneur manages to benefit from this, as he had caught sight of the butt of the town’s beauty.
At this point, I was tem...more
I find a lot of similarities in Yu Hua's writing to Mario Puzo's: he has a wonderful capacity for creating really memorable characters, and you feel as the story progresses, that you are growing up right alongside...more
The characters are wonderfully drawn out and jump off the page. This despite the fact that the book often reads like a fable.
Most interesting is the cultural revolution and how it affected the town of Liu. It's interes...more
I found this novel extremely moving, and I definitely wasn't expecting that, since it began telling how Baldi Li became the most famous young boy in town, after having the chanche to admire the most beautiful (pardon my French xD) ass in town. This novel looks like a pastiche, regarding some characters. But since I know very little about chinese popular culture, I can't be sure thi...more
A very captivating story. There are parts where the story is rather coarse and seems to be overly exaggerated. I kind of want to vomit when the author describe how Baldy's father died from peeking at women bottom.
The author put the Cultural Revolution in a different perspective. It's very refreshing to see it from the innocents boys eyes who thought nothing much of it while the adults fear for their lives.
However, the part after Baldy got rich...more
The New York Time Book Review by Jess Row, March 2009, put it best:
"Imagine a novel written by William Dean Howells together with D. H. Lawrence, updated by Tom Wolfe a...more
I read this in a book group and we couldn't have had a larger di...more
This book is much longer than it seems.
Very rarely does a book pull me at such extremes, it made me shed tears of sadness, anger, and laughter. Very intimate look into the life of those involved in the transition of communist and modern China in several angles and characters.
I am really starting to love this author.
Yu Hua has written four novels, six collections of stories, and three collections of essays. His most important novels are Chronicle of a Blood Merchant and To Live.