In a small village in China, the Wang family has produced seven sisters in its quest to have a boy; three of the sisters emerge as the lead characters in this remarkable novel. From the small-town treachery of the village to the slogans of the Cultural Revolution to the harried pace of city life, Bi Feiyu follows the women as they strive to change the course of their desti...more
The first two parts are interesting with the focus on the lack of rights women had, the importance of women keeping their virginity to marriage, the hypocrisy of men who can be sexual predators ...more
With that off my chest, I have to admit that I am not particularly enthusiastic about the book. Bi Feiyu attempt at a satiric, yet tragic portrayal of Chinese village life in the mid-70s (up to the 1980s) is a good one, but the bleakness and cruel ...more
Meet three sisters
Three characters from his novel!
Saudari pertama, Yumi - si bijaksana
Ceritanya kuat, walaupun narasinya di beberapa bagian terasa seperti garis lurus tanpa grafik naik turun.
Yumi adalah karakter yang sangat menarik. Sebagai gadis pertama keluarga Wang, Yumi memiliki kecerdikan, tekad dan keteguhan, seperti yang kemudian bisa kita lihat pada masa periode kejatuhan sang ayah
Mewujudkan apa yang kauras ...more
However, each section finished abruptly without a climax or a conclusion. I know some writers prefer this style, indicating that life is going to c ...more
Three Sisters won the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2010. It consists of three inter-related short stories, written in a blunt, often coarse style which (I assume) is meant to replicate or to mock the ‘earthiness’ of peasant life. I ...more
This was a slow read - a really slow read! I found the writing style painfully awkward, possibly due to the translation, possibly due to the fact that this is a book written in a Chinese dialect for a Chinese audience. It just didn't seem to be going anywhere. Having said that, and having been to a book group to discuss the book, I now feel that, retrospectively, Three Sisters did have quite a lot to offer, I just needed help to interpret it.
Yumi, Yuxiu and Yuyang are the three sister ...more
The book followed the three sisters Yumi, Yuxiu and Yuyang through their lives, from rural China to the city. Although it started out slow, with the main focus at first being on their mother, then father, then finally Yumi, it wandered along nicely enough; I am unfamiliar with chinese literature, so anything was fairly i ...more
le figlie femmine in Cina valgono poco si sa, non portano il nome della famiglia, c'è da farle il corredo, e alla fine vanno spose a servire la suocera e raramente tornano a casa, quindi nemmeno a pulire le tombe degli antenati sono buone...queste tre fanno quel che possono anche perchè sono fortunate appartenendo alla famiglia di un segretario di partito che non ha vincoli sul numero di figli e quindi possono sopravvivere al fatto di es ...more
Having not been able to read Wolf Totem (I just could not get past the first 4 pages), I was a little hesitant about this... I had wanted to read "The Moon Op ...more
What's especially good about the novel is that while they seek differen ...more
The book, while it included some interesting history and had footnotes to explain proverbs and phrases along the way, it still made for very hard reading due to the subject matter. Rape, unwanted pregnancy, affairs, the mistreatment of women, even the handful of sex ...more
Updated 6/9--about two thirds of the way through, it falls flat. The third sister is the weakest narrator and the ending just didn't work for me. I think ...more
His works are known for their complex portrayal of the "female psyche." Feiyu's novel The Moon Opera (青衣), translated by Howard Goldblatt, was longlisted for the 2008 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, while Three Sisters (玉米 ，玉秀，玉秧), also translate ...more