A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
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Писането на Июн Ли е на границата с документалното, почти журналистическо. Тя изобщо не ни/си губи времето със себе си, погледът й е насочен изцяло към проблемното в света, предполагам оттук и хладното, неукрасено разказване, което е увлекателно и по същество — не се разчита на никакви езикови трикове (кажете “езикови трикове” три пъти), макар че има някои доста приятни заигравки с наративния ритъм, рязки и ...more
In her short story collection A Thousand Good Years of Prayers each character vies to break free fr ...more
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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li is one of the books that I was dared to read this year, courtesy of the book club's I Dare You To Read year-ender/welcome activity last January. A short backgrounder: participants to the activity were asked to name one Best Read and one Worst Read for 2013 (if they could bring their print copies or share digital copies of the books, that would be even better), and then everyone gets to pick one title each from the collated Best Re ...more
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The writing was good, but the stories themselves were very negative and depressing. They dealt with the lives of Chinese people in modern day China and all the c ...more
With a Plimpton Prize and publications in the New Yorker and Paris Review, Li has found her natural medium: writing stories in her nonnative English. Her language is simple and graceful, her observations of modern life penetrating and moving. In her book debut, she has rendered, with freshness, the rich tapestry of global Chinese life in all its complexity, angst, and comfort.
This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
'I would trade ...more
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers is an excellent collection of stories, though unlike GB, EG, which is uniformly excellent, ATYOGP has some average stories and the collection as a whole is balanced out by some stories which are far superior.
The highlights of this collection were, for me, After A Life, the title story, and - my personal favourite - De ...more
It is a collection of short stories set mostly in Mao's era, or shortly before.
I have always had a personal connection with Chinese culture and literature, being raised by a Chinese grandmother. There is always atmosphere in Chinese literature that almost made me tear up for those days when I was the little girl my grandma loved the most. Those of you who know grandmother's love will recognize this, and those of you who know Chinese ...more
This book really welcomed me to the life on earth of some of our neighbours, close, yet so far, & these were not explorations of an ...more
Definitely will read Yiyun Li's other books.
“Does marriage have such a revolutionary power that a long-established habit can be overthrown in such a short time?”
“She wonders if this is what people call falling in love, the desire to be with someone for every minute of the rest of her life so strong that sometimes she is frightened of herself.”
“Our life, we realize, is not as happy as we have been taught to think.” ...more
With titles like: "The Princess of Nebraska" and "Death is Not a ...more
These short stories are written in prose at once pedestrian and poetic. Thought-provoking equivilencies and malformed parables lead the reader to question their own relationships with the themes of the stories; alienation, relationship with society, tradition and change. The stories are layered in symbolism and poetics quite skilfully, and some definitely encourage re-reading to fully grasp the complex themes, and that further analysis is fully rewarded. Moving and memorable.
Favorite stories ...more
It's both a thought-provoking and touching read. One thing that becomes clear when reading through it: there are countless layers to China and the steps the country has gone through in the recent past, with Mao and his communism campaigns, and then the opening to communist-capitalism, the one-child-laws, and the student protests. Yiyun Li was ...more
That being said, these stories are finely crafted, intricate sketches of the men, women and young people caught up in diffi ...more