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3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,054 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Najgłośniejszy debiut literacki ostatnich lat w Chinach – historia szalonej miłości, buntu i upadku, rozgrywająca się u schyłku XX wieku w mrocznym, podziemnym świecie chińskich nocnych klubów, drobnych gangsterów, narkotyków i prostytucji. Hong, wrażliwa i niepokorna siedemnastolatka, rzuca szkołę – co w ówczesnych Chinach oznaczało rezygnację z życiowych perspektyw – i w ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published June 2007 by Wydawnictwo W.A.B. (first published 2000)
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Sep 15, 2014 Tze-Wen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You may wonder, why such a low rating? Well, personally, I did not like it. However, before you dismiss this book as completely unreadable, simply on the grounds of my rating... let me first explain a little about the significance of this book and some of the others in its genre. Am I making any sense? Please bear with me, while I sum up a very brief history of contemporary China.

‹!-- History blurb --›
You must understand that China used to be a country that moved in cycles, dynasty followed dyna
Stephanie Spines
I think I liked (not loved) and hated this book at the same time. It was good at the beginning and I found it quite moving. The writing is, like others say, poetic and haunting, tragic with an ounce of humour. The love story with Saining to me, didn't really get that old. It did go on for the entire book but it didn't get old for me. To me, the book went downhill fast at the end with the disjointed narrating style. Seems like Mian Mian didn't know where she was going with the story. It got confu ...more
Vanessa Wu
Sep 06, 2011 Vanessa Wu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I find it very restful. I do not like books that portray heroin addiction as heroic. The persistent image of the artist as addict is a disservice to art and creativity. Junkies have no imagination. This book is not one of those.

"Honestly, heroin is nothing but glorified shit."

What makes this book appealing is the author's use of creative writing as a form of rehab. Her imagination is redemptive. Special praise is due, too, to Andrea Lingenfelter, who has rendered the original C
Nov 11, 2014 Cin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En Caramelos, Mian Mian dice las cosas como son, y entre frases e ideas directas, agrega muchas otras que se acercan más a lo poético, y eso me gusta mucho.

Si bien el tema central de la novela es el amor y la búsqueda constante de éste (o la búsqueda de lo necesario para poder comprender al amor), no es una novela romántica en sí. Es una historia muy agridulce, en la que los dos personajes principales, Hong y Saining, se hieren mutuamente a pesar de que se aman. O a pesar de que se aman de difer
Sep 25, 2007 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was profoundly depressing in a captivating way. I read it in a very jaded state of mind and it surely catipulted me further into an existential rut. You get my drift. Take notes in case you want good material for an effective break up letter. loved it.
Sep 08, 2008 Hope rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Banned in China! The first half of the book pulls you in...compelling story...but by the 1/2 half, the drama gets old (and repetitive) and you wish the main character would grow a brain already.
Andrea Ramos Natzahuatza
¿Historias "crudas" de superación personal estilo Carlos Cuauthémoc Sánchez? Ya no más, por favor.

Este libro me molestó, primero porque las quejas adolescentes, sumadas a pésimas decisiones respecto a las relaciones personales, no se convierten automáticamente en una gran historia si las rodeas de un ambiente de drogas y excesos. Hay muchas mujeres escribiendo cosas intensas e incómodas de una manera magistral como para perder el tiempo escuchando a una mujer de mediana edad que todavía cree que
Feb 06, 2014 Josie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Obtained through BookMooch

Hmm, I don't quite get the point.
For me it started off as a bit of a "it doesn't matter about a story, just have a lot of swearing combined with shocking and crude acts and call it a plot". Then surprisingly, it got worse.
I think I was intregued for all of 60 pages somewhere in the middle, but I could be mistaken.

I've read a few of these Chinese New Generation authors, including Wei Hui, and I found those to be far better written, and even contained a plot!
I think
Lady Ethereal Butterfly
Candy is a novel about a young woman, Hong, who is part of the youth culture in modern China. Hong in self destructive with her choices: she drops out of school; has shady friends and boyfriends; and struggles with addictions to sex, drugs, and alcohol. Candy gives a very good look at Hong's struggles and insecurities, as well as a good look at the nightlife in China.

I loved this novel because it was potent and palpable. I was impressed with the amount of detail this novel held while still being
Jul 21, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite an unsound narrative structure this book tugs at the heart-it's emotional and genuinely sincere in a way that you'd want/expect from the perspective of a hardcore drug user... A prodigal child's story laced with surprisingly observant moments and sometimes with hackneyed poetic metaphors that can sound like the whining of a distraught adolescent. I probably couldn't identify with anything better! And I found the protagonist's major love mirror-Saining-to be a really eye-opening reflectio ...more
Eleanor Smith
Jul 24, 2011 Eleanor Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't particularly fond of this book whatsoever. Going into the book knowing it was banned in China, I was expecting something special. What I found instead was a sophomoric "sex, drugs and rock 'n roll" story that was dull and repetitive. The racier, drug-laden parts of the book came across as very forced to me, almost as though they were trying to be shocking. The story didn't move in such a way that compelled me to read further, but I did finish the book. The latter half of the book was pa ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Annabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Zulma Rios
Es difícil, reseñar un libro que me hizo sentir tantas cosas, no se trata de una historia bonita, todo lo contrario se trata de una historia severa, de jóvenes chinos y sus adicciones, de como llegaron a ellas de como vivieron con ellas, es una historia que puede conmover.
Nuestra protagonista Hong nos relata su vida, de como dejo el colegio y de todo lo que vivió al dejarlo, como decidió ser cantante, después se enamoro de un joven músico llamado Saining, el argumento es bueno, porque no se trat
May 14, 2014 Xavier rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I often times felt like I was being dragged along through random, unimportant happenings occurring in the narrator's life. Right when I would feel like putting the book down for good, an off the wall incident would occur, grabbing my attention for the next 15 pages or so. However, I would eventually fall into the same feeling of boredom until the next incident occurred.

Mian Mian's writing style was interesting and unique (her lack of quotations duri
Dec 21, 2014 Ape rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. I can not quite make up my mind about this book. Or about the fact that the hype on the front of the book reckons this is one of China's most promising young writers. It's not the first book of this type I've read, although it's been a few years since I read the others. I'm not sure if the other ones were better, or I've just grown out of wanting to read this sort of thing or what.

This is fiction, but I am wondering how much of it is actually based on the author's own life. It's about a Chi
Jun 01, 2014 Nao rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chine
Au début de ce livre, j'ai cru que j'allais l'adorer de bout en bout. C'était âpre mais vrai, on ressentait encore de la compassion pour l'héroïne. Mais au fur et à mesure que les pages se tournaient, l'histoire s'est embourbée. Alors, oui, le portrait que ça dresse de l'addiction est sûrement très réaliste et est en soit assez dissuasif. Pourtant, je me suis profondément ennuyée. Certains passages m'ont marquée, comme le chapitre relatant l'inquiétude ressentie face au sida : un ami tombe malad ...more
May 23, 2015 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mian Mian has been labelled as a 'poster child for spiritual pollution.' But she's so much more than that. (Even though I think that title is quite a spectacular one.)

This book is a cornerstone for modern Chinese literature - it’s gritty, it’s raw, it’s open. The main character, Hong is a very vulnerable young woman who experiments with drugs and tries to find her place in Shanghai during the 80’s and 90’s.

I thought it was really well-written even though it was in a style I wasn’t exactly accust
Isa Martínez
May 22, 2016 Isa Martínez marked it as abandonados  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-orientales
Motivo del abandono:
no soportaba a ninguno de los dos protagonistas y sus actos me parecían totalmente absurdos. Lo poco que avancé me pareció muy absurdo. En algún momento me gustaría volver a darle otra oportunidad.
Lybbie Ramagos
Mar 03, 2013 Lybbie Ramagos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favroits
I love this book it is my bible. I found it at a yard sale years ago. I have read it so many times I had to tape it to hold it together.
Oct 23, 2007 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most human book I've read in a long time. It's about trying to find oneself during youth.
Apr 18, 2016 Raquel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book, I did not like it. It moves so quickly, the narration hardly delving into each event the way you might expect. Especially in the beginning, there are things the author included that seemed to do little for character development, and the intent seemed either to scandalize or to simply include more autobiographical details as one has the impression that Hong is more than a little based on the author.
However, it definitely picks up. As the novel progresses, the poetry of
Sam Valladolid
Duro, violento, desgarrador, trágico, conmovedor, sincero y realista.

Desde el inicio Hong me llevó a un mundo totalmente plagado de excesos de toda clase, sumergida en miedos y esperanzas.

Lo que más me ha llamó la atención de este libro, es que Hong no buscaba a su verdadero amor, ella buscaba al amor en todas sus diferentes maneras. ¿Que es el amor? ¿Como se siente? ¿Todos lo experimentan? ¿Como saber quién es la persona correcta?.

Aprendí mucho con este libro, es tan realista y duro que se que
Mar 03, 2013 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a woman who is trapped in a cycle; drugs, sex, alcohol, and addiction influence her life with a shocking and heavy affect. She is lost in an age of revolution and bucks against the traditional role society would place upon her. It paints a portrait of a China we are not suppose to know, yet exists below the surface. Indeed, we'd notice that it exists in our own society if we but opened our eyes. This is what made it shocking. Not the over use of drugs and sex, but that it ha ...more
Nov 26, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She is able to characterize her emptiness in a way that is full of searching. This searching takes so much energy that is belittled in our achievement focused society. If we were all capable of exploring the dark side of the moon as Mian Mian, there would be a constant state of darkness looming over all that we do. She magnifies her faults in a way that is important for the student and druggie alike (really what is the difference these days?) The lesson of loving ones self shines through this ab ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Mags rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: off-the-shelf
There are just some books that you're way too old for to enjoy. I felt like I would've liked this book better if I had read it when I was sixteen, or during that phase when I was so lost in the teenage angst that I fell too deeply in love with boys who didn't deserve it, that I questioned which was the cool thing to do despite of it being right or wrong, that everything my parents said came to me with a sole purpose of sucking the fun out of my life. I would have loved this book at sixteen; not ...more
Filipa Semedo
I dind't like Candy. In fact, I read more that half but then I gave up. Eventually it gets really confusing, it doesn't have a story line, sometimes you can't even understand why is she (the main character, I can't even remember her name) talking about something since it's totally irrelevant but other times she'll just tell you about a year, for example, in a paragraph. I also thought the whole drugs, alcohol, Saining and prostitution cycle quite boring after a while.

It looks like Mian Mian's
Dec 16, 2011 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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All heroin stories have a way of kind of being the same. Junk is shitty. Yep.

i don't feel like I really got the portrait of modern China I was looking for, or for that matter, any well-fleshed out characters. Rather, I felt like I was mostly just reading awkward, adolescent diary entries, with minor characters having all the humanity of cardboard cutouts. But then she catches me with a line like this:

"I like clubs best in the early morning because all of the boring people have gone and only the
Nov 29, 2014 Rodrigo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Livro desnecessariamente longo. A história poderia facilmente ser resumida em um conto. A autopiedade da personagem é cansativa e a sequência de eventos desgraçados me fez lembrar do filme "Precious" e o martírio infinito de sua personagem.


Unnecessarily long book. The story could easily be a short one. The self-pity of the character is tiring and the sequence of unfortunate events reminded me of the movie "Precious" and the endless martyrdom of its character.
La traducción al castellano no es de las mejores. Intenté en inglés y es más o menos lo mismo.
Es uno de los libros que más claro describe la vida en los suburbios chinos, la drogadicción y prostitución gratuita que se vivía en el tiempo donde transcurre el libro.
Es increíble que no mucha gente lo haya leído, yo lo encontré perdido en una librería y me atrapó desde la tapa.
Lo recomiendo muchísimo, más si sos estudiante de sociología.
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Her first novel, Candy, has been translated into English. Her other novels include Every good child deserves to eat candy. Her novel We Are Panic was made into a movie, Shanghai Panic, in which she al
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