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Family Catastrophe: A Modernist Novel

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When originally written in 1972, Wang Wen-hsing’s ‘Family Catastrophe’ created a ton of controversy. His story of a dysfunctional family flew in the face of the Confucian concept of respect for parents.

The story revolves around a young man named Fan Yeh, and is unfolded in a non-traditional time-lapse interpretation involving an older step-brother, a mother consumed by je
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by University of Hawaii Press (first published 1973)
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Feb 07, 2013 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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