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The Cave Man

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The Cave Man is an extraordinary and moving portrait of a man brutalized in Mao’s China.

Ja Feng is contained within a three-foot by four-and-one-half foot solitary confinement cell in a prison camp. He has survived this punishment for nine months, a period of time that has forced him to question his most basic human faculties.

The Cave Man follows Ja Feng once he is release
Paperback, 174 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Two Dollar Radio
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Jason Pettus
Mar 01, 2010 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Xiaoda Xiao's The Cave Man is the third book this year I've now reviewed by the increasingly impressive Ohio small press Two Dollar Radio, and I have to say that it establishes a pretty consistent track record for the publisher -- like the others (Joshua Mohr's Some Things That Meant the World to Me and S
Jan 06, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amanda by: Josh
This semi-autobiographical novel is powerful but succinct and accomplishes much in its 180 pages. I've read my share of Solzhenitsyn and was expecting a similar treatment of the dehumanizing prison camp experience. This book, however, is more about what happens to the main character, Ja Feng, after he is released back into society. He faces pity, discrimination, accusations of madness, and a multitude of personal torments. I love the "to-the-point" style and third-person narrative that proves yo ...more
Jan 17, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian-lit
This is a wonderful, it is beautifully written. It tells a sad story of life in China from the Cultural Revolution to the mid 80's ( my guess), but will it is sad and depressing it is at the same time warm and uplifting. The main character is wonderfully drawn and I feel as if I have known him as a friend for many years...and only wish really knew hom and could have helped him......
Chris Ellis
Dec 09, 2016 Chris Ellis rated it liked it
A rather bleak glimpse of the life of a man labeled a political dissident by the Chinese government and the damage done to him by his stay in a small solitary confinement cell.

Interesting enough to keep me reading, but a bit of a downer.
Jun 12, 2011 KristenR rated it it was amazing
The thought of 9 months in a solitary 4 foot cell is horrifying. That is how this book starts out. Ja Feng survives this wrongful imprisonment and is released into society. But how does one reenter normal society after an ordeal like this?

I highly recommend The Cave Man.

René Clausen Nielsen
Dec 27, 2010 René Clausen Nielsen rated it really liked it
Although the language isn't at all times exactly an exiting read, I really like the story and the trademark Chinese way of presenting the characters as first and foremost products of their conflicts with a top-down system trying to make them fit in to roles they cannot accept.
Matthew Pritchard
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Tough read. Bleak. Kafkaesque
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gotta stay hydrated
Feb 10, 2011 Toula rated it really liked it
This is an extremely difficult book to read. The suffering, the loss of family, friends, country is overwhelming..... is this what life is life in oppressive countries???
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