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UFO in Her Eyes

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  317 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Silver Hill Village, 2012. On the twentieth day of the seventh moon Kwok Yun is making her way across the rice fields on her Flying Pigeon bicycle. Her world is turned upside down when she sights a UFThing - a spinning plate in the sky - and helps the Westerner in distress whom she discovers in the shadow of the alien craft. It's not long before the village is crawling wit ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Chatto & Windus (first published February 5th 2009)
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MJ Nicholls
The ‘documents’ novel, or the ‘found documents’ novel, is the most popular way to escape the Barthesian author v. scriptor dilemma. To sever all claims to the book being formally authored by the dude whose name is on the cover, to turn the ‘author’ into ‘editor’ to remove all traces of their presence from the manuscript and relegate them to scissors-and-paste men (or women) so all their biographical cultural educational historical baggage has no chance to infect the reader’s brain with a single ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Carolina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature, asian
Sidenote: this is not really about UFOs.

The more I learn about communism in China, the more I become ready to accept anything as possible in this life. I remember when I first heard about the one-child policy, back in 2012 (ironically, the same year the UFO is sighted in this novel), my reaction was something in the lines of: ‘You can’t have more than one child? What do you mean? Like in a certain frame of time? What – you can only have one child in your whole life? Is that even a legal law?!’ I
Mar 01, 2014 Celine rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Okay, can we just stop and consider that beautifully wrong title? I know it's probably supposed to signify that it's an "UFO" but only the way she sees it. But wouldn't it be way more fun if it was meant to be like BAM UFO IN YOUR FACE. A girl can dream.

UFO in Her Eyes is more a collection of documents and interviews rather than a narrated novel. This means there are only about two or three small chapters with actual running text, and the others are interview transcripts. Despite this rather abr
This is was 100% a case of being lured in by a pretty cover and exciting title. WARNING: Not really about UFOs. Or SciFi for that matter. Well, sort of. It kinda reads like a dystopian novel even though it could basically be describing - to a certain degree - what life is like as a poor farmer in China right now. I think that was the point anyway. It felt very Orwellian for certain. Also the use of reports and interviews to tell the story was interesting and always a refreshing change of pace. P ...more
It took me forever to get my hands on this, because it's not available in Canada yet.

UFO In Her Eyes is an interesting satirical piece about expansionist China and its rapid "modernization". The caricatures are often ridiculous, yet endearing and it's a VERY fast read. I finished in about 4 hours (and that was while doing other things).

While not my favourite novel by Guo, I feel that a large number of reviews on Goodreads missed the point. It is certainly not the first novel to address these iss
Oh my goodness me this book was engrossing.

First of all, I have to start with the way this book is designed. The texture of it is incredible - there's pictures, images, post-it notes, blacked out text, maps even holes of the binder towards the spine so it feels like it's been photocopied.

This book all centres around a woman who sees a UFO in a rice field, what happens after that. It's really interesting to read - it was awesome as a reader to be able to piece together all the fragments of info
David Flett
May 02, 2015 David Flett rated it it was ok
Very poor. Barely rates as satire.
Mar 31, 2012 Jillian rated it liked it
Shelves: recent-books
Kwok Yun sees a UFO and finds an American lying in a field. Government agents arrive in her village, Silver Hills, to conduct interviews. The novel unfolds through the villagers, who speak in various dialects, and who are funny, charming, obscene, nostalgic. The interviews are brief. I could imagine this translating to an e-reader: right click for more information about the Cultural Revolution, left click for a photo of Carp Li's pond. But surveillance is at the heart of this novel. By the end, ...more
Odd little book.

Beautifully executed (the book itself is almost a visual project, the typeface/formatting changing and warping to communicate different kinds of documents and their additions) and evocative (each character IS a character, fully-fleshed, despite being communicated only through interview transcripts). A detailed snapshot of a particular time and phenomenon in modern China, true to life in a way that only reads as satire if you've never met these people, or seen such places.

And ye
Nov 21, 2015 Riccardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In un villaggio della campagna cinese dall'evocativo nome di "Collina d'Argento" una mattina di settembre una contadina avvista quello che viene considerato un UFO. Dopo l'avvistamento la donna sviene e al suo rinvenire trova un uomo steso a terra. Contravvenendo alle regole di sicurezza, aiutata da alcuni bambini, porta l'uomo a casa sua e lo medica. Con il passare del tempo l'uomo risulterà essere un americano che si trovava in Cina per una conferenza e che, durante una passeggiata per la camp ...more
Charlotte Jones
Jul 12, 2014 Charlotte Jones rated it really liked it
The idea and the title of this book drew me in straight away and I have to say that the format of the novel made for a really quick and interesting read. The story is told through interviews conducted by police officers and they interview the villagers of Silver Hill throughout the events that take place. The pages themselves are printed to look like they have been taken from a binder and there are even images of additional information that has been attached with paper-clips to the pages. I real ...more
Alex MacFarlane
Jan 13, 2015 Alex MacFarlane rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Kwok Yun, a woman in a Chinese village, sees a strange light that might be a UFO. The government takes an interest, not only in her but in her village. The village’s chief, Chang Lee, sees this as an opportunity to develop the village into a modern town and starts implementing plans, acquiring funds and changing the lives of everyone in her small village, to predictably mixed results. The novel’s format is government documentation: interviews with various people of the village and reports. I nor ...more
Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
May 28, 2015 Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cina
l'UFO sono i contadini cinesi

una contadina avvista un oggetto di metallo in volo sui campi che stava attraversando in bicicletta, subito dopo sviene e quando si riprende uno straniero ferito è là vicino, lei non trova nulla di male nel portarlo a casa per medicare il morso del serpente che lo aveva attaccato, poi esce per procurarsi delle erbe e al suo ritorno lo straniero è sparito, riferisce l'avvistamento al capo villaggio, che a sua volta deve riferire al Partito e da qui una catena di event
Dec 15, 2014 Gabby rated it it was amazing
This was given to me so I had no knowledge of the author. At first the book's design and layout made me think I was reading a pirated copy... then I started reading.

This book has made me completely rethink my understanding of modern Chinese literature. I have come to expect elegant, wistful and romantic prose with wry humour if included at all. This turned all of this on its head: bawdy, rough and dark, bleakly hilarious but full of insights that I would not expect a younger generation, urban-ra
Mar 21, 2014 Mona rated it liked it
When I got this book, I mistakenly thought it would have something to do with UFO.

The story describes a small poor village with illiterate villagers and the rapid modernization once funding came through . Modern world symbolized by America.

One passage struck me funny and so true...the village now on its way to being all modern are planning to dig a pool in one of the villager's land...

"somebody asked 'do you know anyone here who can swim?' everyone pondered this question , but they couldn't th
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
An interesting book. revolves around the an issue may be trivial will lead to the changes in the whole system. It all starts with the watching of UFO in the fields of Silver Hill a village in the remote area of China. The National Security and the Intelligence wings conduct interviews to find out the incident lasts for more that three years and with the result there comes the development aspect and how entire village once a remote one comes to the center of attraction and the result of the same. ...more
Jun 21, 2015 Miki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La storia è raccontata tramite i rapporti dei funzionari che si occupano della strana vicenda segnalata in un piccolo villaggio della Cina (un avvistamento UFO e l'incontro con un misterioso straniero) e tramite le trascrizioni degli interrogatori fatti alla popolazione. Emergono in modo vivido una serie di personaggi ognuno con i propri problemi e le proprie fissazioni, e allo stesso tempo emerge la situazione generale della vita misera e arretrata del villaggio nonché, sullo sfondo, la situazi ...more
John Defrog
Satire from novelist/filmmaker Guo about a Chinese peasant named Kwok Yun whose life and small Chinese village of Silver Hill is changed forever after she sees a UFO in a rice field and rescues an American backpacker who was bitten by a poisonous snake. The novel is written in the form of documents and interviews with various villagers conducted by government agents investigating the UFO sighting. Readers expecting a story about actual aliens will be disappointed, since the story focuses more on ...more
Mar 22, 2009 Gerund rated it did not like it
Chinese novelist Xiaolu Guo’s sensitive English-language debut, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers (2007), dealt with a young Chinese woman’s experience in England as an “alien” (one of the first words she learns there).

Though the title of her follow-up, UFO In Her Eyes, would seem to promise actual aliens of the extra-terrestrial kind, in the end it turns out to be a tale of how people and societies are changed by forces beyond their control.

This is a pity, as any given science fi
David Hebblethwaite
Nov 28, 2012 David Hebblethwaite rated it really liked it
Silver Hill was an unremarkable village in Hunan, long since neglected by the Chinese government; until a peasant woman named Kwok Yun saw a ‘flying metal plate’ in the sky. The National Security and Intelligence Agency soon sends men to investigate; the results of this are chronicled in the documents which comprise the text of UFO in Her Eyes, as are the changes through which Silver Hill went in subsequent years. Shortly after seeing the UFO, Yun found and helped an injured Westerner – which in ...more
Sep 14, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I was interested in finding out if there was any modern Chinese satire translated or written in English. Thanks to good old Google, I stumbled upon mention of a recent book of that sort. 'UFO in Her Eyes' by Xiaolu Guo, was the book, and after reading it I'm here to say that there is Chinese satire, and if the rest is anything like this thin little book, it's pretty darned good!

The premise of the book (which I understand is also now a movie) seemed just what I was looking for: A middle aged old
Jun 10, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, china, literary
I picked this book up at the Terracotta Film festival so that I could have the Author sign it for me and, after listening to her masterclass on her work got a lot more out of the book (which is now a film).
Laid out like the file of an investigation, follows the 'modernisation' of a traditional Chinese village called Silver Hill after one of the villagers sees a UFO in the rice fields. Its a satirical piece, one that mirrors the changes through China in a microcosm, from the generated tourism to
This an amusing but not terribly original tale told through a series of interviews conducted by government officials.
When Kwok Yun sees her UFO she also ends up saving an American tourist bitten by a snake. This brings the village to the attention of the government bureaucracy and when the tourist donates some money in gratitude the government decide it is time for them to invest in 'modernizing' the village of Sliver Hill.
Predictably this does not bring much joy to several of the villagers and
Nicola Muzsla
Sep 17, 2010 Nicola Muzsla rated it liked it
Set againt the backdrop of a UFO sighting, this book has a darker, more meaningful undertone that offers an eye-opening insight into life in rural china and the effects of modernization on small villages. Written as a series of interviews and Government documents, this book also suggests the under-lying secrecy, yet brutal involvement of the Government in such matters. Technically a science-fiction and set in the very near future, yet you can make comparisons to life today. A good book that cert ...more
Jun 18, 2016 David rated it liked it
A typical China country story in the recent decades. The views that the peasants hold are real and meaningful, but the UFO and US army story is a bit low and ridiculous.
Terry Mark
Feb 14, 2016 Terry Mark rated it really liked it
This book was written differently to any other book I've read before. It's more like an investigation with 3 files of interrogation by the state police, it even has the look of files with sketches, letters and headings at the top of each page explaining who is being interrogated. The first file concerns a ufo sighting in a peasant village, followed by how the village can be "improved", then finally a murder investigation. to some people this may sound strange for a novel but it works for me and ...more
Vincent Eaton
Jul 17, 2010 Vincent Eaton rated it it was ok
I was hoping of a pleasant zip of a novel, as it's layout and design promised something oddly different. Alas it followed the well-worn path of numerous books and films of the small village getting excessive attention from the outside world due to something one person did, and then the corruption of the outside world and the bitterness of the inhabitants take over, with some political hustle along the way. And did not bring a single insight to an old story line. Suppose setting it in China bring ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Molly rated it liked it
I bought this book on a trip to China. It's a quick, enjoyable read. Perfect for the plane ride home.
Mar 08, 2015 Clova rated it it was ok
progress, progress at all costs
Jan 09, 2010 shirley rated it did not like it
Shelves: the-east
I enjoyed two of Guo's other books, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, and Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth: A Novel, even if the former I did not rate too highly, this one however just did not do it.

Presented as a case file for a UFO sighting and told through transcripts of interviews with the locals it deals with the subsequent change and modernisation of the village rather then UFOs. Although a there is a story running through these interviews it wasn't enough for me and I w
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Xiaolu Guo (Simplified Chinese: 郭小櫓 pinyin:guō xiǎo lǔ, born 1973) is a Chinese novelist and filmmaker. She utilizes various media, including film and writing, to tell stories of alienation, introspection and tragedy, and to explore China's past, present and future in an increasingly connected world.

Her novel A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers was nominated for the 2007 Orange Prize f
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