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Blue Light in the Sky & Other Stories
by Can Xue
A collection of tales rooted in Chinese folk traditions and contemporary issues includes the stories of a family's victimization by hostile townspeople and elements from their new seaside home, the imaginative walking journeys of a pair of friends, and an elderly man's life in a cloud-covered wooden building where he is served pancakes by a hostile
Paperback, 212 pages
Published July 4th 2006 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
(first published June 27th 2006)
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I can't be sure if it was all writing style or simply awful translation, but these stories were not only disappointing, they were altogether unbearable to read. The stories didn't read as very surreal to me; mostly, it just seemed as though all the characters were idiots and the progression of most events completely non-sequitur. None of the characters cooperate with one another, and most are jerks who behave in a totally outlandish manner, making any interactions between them painful and ...more
This book was kind of reminiscent of my childhood. For the most part it was very funny to read and enjoyable. It takes place during traditional China time-period. It is a collection of tales mostly about children causing mischief and ending up with some sort of resolution. My favorite one was the "Blue light in the Sky" the first story in the novel. It's my favorite because it reminded me of when i was little. My siblings and I would play around in all sorts of shenanigans. Then one day i ...more
The most narrative oriented of the collections, which I favor, though there's also bunch of filler here. Also, afterword on technique! Highlights: "The Bizarre Wooden Building," "Helin," "The Lure of the Sea," "Night in the Mountain Village," and "Top Floor." "Snake Island" might be my favorite of hers: a lost home marked by the combat between ghosts and the living. That's the avant-garde writer's China, alright.
Can Xue (Chinese: 残雪; pinyin: Cán Xuĕ), née Deng Xiaohua (Chinese: 邓小华), is a Chinese avant-garde fiction writer, literary critic, and tailor. She was born May 30, 1953 in Changsha, Hunan, China. Her family was severely persecuted following her father being labeled an ultra-rightist in the Anti-rightist Movement of 1957. Her writing, which consists mostly of short fiction, breaks with the realism ...moreMore about Can Xue...