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Shangguan Lu, dopo aver partorito sette figlie femmine, riesce finalmente ad avere l'agognato maschio, in grado di perpetuare la stirpe. Fabbri da generazioni, gli Shangguan vivono in un villaggio rurale della zona di Gaomi, nella provincia orientale dello Shandong; a seguito dell'uccisione degli uomini della famiglia da parte degli invasori giapponesi, la giovane madre si...more
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Published 2006 by Einaudi (first published 1996)
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Praj


Is the uterus a prime property of the dowry that a bride brings into her marital life? Fertility being its most significant asset and a son the ultimate gift of that property.

“Without a son, you’ll be no better than a slave as long as you live, but with one you’ll be a mistress....”

The cry of a barren womb is more traumatizing than the agony of twisted bones that sacrifice their maturity for the birth of exquisite Lotus Feet. A society, where once, a woman without bound feet could not find a hu...more
Stephen
Immediately after finishing Mo Yan's "Big Breasts and Wide Hips," I began Haruki Murakami's "IQ84." I am far from finished with the latter--don't expect a review of that any time soon--but I already am far enough along to have rekindled some of my old consternation with the Nobel Prize for Literature. Yes, Mo Yan is a talented, bold writer, but I do not believe he comes close to Murakami's creative genius. He has won, as is so often the case with the Nobel Prize, more because of politics than li...more
Jeff Volkmann
Over the summer I read Red Sorgum and was intrigued by Mo Yan’s rather unique style. When I began reading Big Breasts and Wide Hips I had extremely high expectations. When you read reviews like this is Mo Yan’s play at the Nobel Prize in Literature you expect a lot. After the first 50 pages I thought I was going to be let down. It seemed very similar to Red Sorgum. Mo Yan seems to have an ability to make me cringe when describing human suffering. He paints such a vivid picture of violence that i...more
Arjen
It is cold, it is raining, you've just been raped, hit by your mother in law and are eating regurgitated beans stolen from your work unit, and your forty year old son (you had 8 daughters first) still wants to drink from your breast. Big Breasts and Wide Hips is a very long (650 pages in the Dutch translation), very dreary telling of the Shangguan family’s misfortunes. Mo is a master in describing horrors, and his descriptions often trigger strong impressions of stench and filth. The cast of dee...more
Jenine
After 230-odd pages I've closed this book for good. Time to accept I will not ever have any sense of connection with any of these characters, no empathy, no compassion. Because not one of the characters in this book deserves it. Certainly not the narrator, who at 7 years old decides to commit suicide rather than be forceably weaned. Not one character demonstrates a shred of kindness, nobility, heroism, or other remarkable trait. And by "remarkable" I don't mean amazing, I mean worth remarking up...more
Sandra
Pensieri contrastanti mi sorgono nel commentare questo libro.
Da una parte c'è un senso di liberazione, dopo tre mesi di lettura non ne potevo più, finalmente è finito! Questo pensiero fa capire chiaramente che il libro non rientra tra i miei preferiti.
Dall'altro lato posso dire che, a forza di passarci il tempo insieme, mi ero affezionata alla sua copertina, all'odore delle pagine. Ai personaggi, no, non ho potuto, Mo Yan non me l'ha permesso e credo che forse non l'abbia voluto.
Non l'ha volu...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I was surprised when Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, because I had never heard of him. I did a little research and discovered that he once said, "If you like, you can skip my other novels, but you must read Big Breasts and Wide Hips. In it I wrote about history, war, politics, hunger, religion, love, and sex." (Li-Chun Lin, "My Three American Books.") The name was intriguing too, so I tracked down a copy.

I haven't read Steinbeck for years (I'll be getting back to him next year when I...more
Arwen56
La storia di un novello Peter Pan che, non solo non vuole crescere, ma che a stento riesce a nascere e a sopravvivere nell’ambiente distorto e difforme in cui si trova a venire al mondo. Interessante e originale disamina di una società che è stata, nel modo di svilupparsi, lontana anni luce dalla nostra e, in fondo, sempre succube di una qualche “divinità”, di qualsivoglia natura, da cui succhiare, volenti o nolenti, il latte per poter sopravvivere.

Una storia che non genera, se non raramente, em...more
Radhika
Mar 10, 2008 Radhika rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sinophiles, readers of magical realism
There is something about Mo Yan's writing that makes you wide-eyed and then throws some grit into your open eyes. He takes Chinese history in the 20th century and weaves it into a tapestry of events in the life of its protagonist who unlike many protagonists is, by no means, a hero. He is a man crippled by his obsession with breasts. Mo Yan's book presents the reality created by the Chinese state in the 20th century in the starkest symbolic terms that make it seem so hollow and nonsensical.

The...more
Nicole~
I loved the homage to the female- mother, nurturer, life giver, sacrificial lamb. Yan is brilliant in his use of allegories in the tale of the Shangguan family (specifically Mother and Jintong) from a China (Motherland) violated by war, suffering famine, poverty and "imprisonment" behind the bamboo curtains of the Cultural Revolution, to her eventual Reform and Awakening.
Tempo de Ler
Num estilo único e muito próprio, Mo Yan, vencedor do Prémio Nobel da Literatura de 2012, traz-nos uma magnífica epopeia que narra, de forma ímpar, a atribulada História da China através da história de vida de uma família, os Shangguan; atravessando a linha do tempo desde a queda da dinastia Qing, passando pela Segunda Guerra Sino-Japonesa, a guerra civil, a Revolução Cultural e consequente fome de 1958/1961. Claro que se adicionarmos a tudo isto o facto de que há ainda locais neste mundo em que...more
Rachel


If I was rating this book in a professional capacity I would probably give it 3 or 4 stars. Well-written and important themes and allegories parallel to the history of China (most of which I'm sure went over my head).

Since this is goodreads and goodreads is for me, I rate this book 2 stars. I really don't like books that function purely to list the epic and horrible events in the characters lives, no matter how well-written it is. Just one bad thing after another, brought about by both circums...more
Karen
I have read 35% of the book, and am debating whether to continue. I don't know if it because I am a Chinese American, but I guess I don't like reading about female Chinese characters, like the protagonist's "Grandmother", who are verbally/physically abusive to other women family members. It was hard for me to stomach the cruelty. I thought I would be interested in reading what it was like for another Chinese female, having lived a highly prejudiced upbringing, but it just wore on my nerves and b...more
Lourdes Encinas
Es de un escritor chino, sobre una familia china, en un muy tradicional pueblo chino... aún así se siente muy familiar. Hay aspectos culturales, fuertes creencias religiosas, el trato hacia las mujeres y otros aspectos que se comparten.

Me gusto mucho la narración, que entremezcla historia de la invasión japonesa a China, pero el narrador me pareció odioso y creo que de eso se trataba.

Sí, te recuerda a Cien años de soledad, pero para mi gusto es mejor. Gaomi Noreste de parece a Macondo, a Comal...more
Maria
Acabei, acabei este livro!!! OK, eu sei que este senhor ganhou um prémio Nobel, deve escrever muito e até põe virgulas e pontuação nos textos, mas confesso que foi uma leitura um bocadinho complicada. Os nomes era mais que muitos e todos parecidos (e estranhos para mim, claro), morreram todos e mais alguns de tal forma que às tantas já não sabia quem estava vivo ou nem por isso... Mas li, li até ao fim arrastando-me um bocadinho mas lá fui lendo. Não fiquei com vontade de ler mais nada deste sen...more
Fanda Kutubuku
Buntelan dari Serambi--

Benar-benar buku yang "berat". Paduan antara latar belakang sejarah pergolakan politik di China dan realisme magis yang berfokus pada sebuah keluarga, dengan ibu yang perkasa dan anak-anaknya.

Shangguan Lu adalah potret penindasan terhadap wanita, di mana fungsi utama wanita hanyalah mendapatkan keturunan, terutama keturunan laki-laki. Rakyat China saat itu begitu mendewakan anak laki-laki, hingga Shangguan Lu harus rela hamil oleh pria-pria berbeda demi mendapatkan anak la...more
Luís
Antes de falar concretamente sobre o livro, penso que é sempre importante explorar um o autor, pois, é certo, que a vida do escritor influencia sempre as suas obras literárias. Mo Yan que significa “está calado” é um pseudónimo de Guan Moye. A escolha do nome Mo Yan deve-se ao facto dele ter vivido na altura da Revolução Cultural Chinesa onde a opinião pessoal não podia ser expressa em público. Sabe-se também que nasceu a 5 de Março de 1955 na China rural sendo posteriormente recrutado para o ex...more
Mary Gras vance
I am putting this book down for now. It is well written, ambitious & covers a period I would like to know more about-- But not enough to trudge through any more accounts of rape, starvation, suicide, and an obsession with breasts all narrated by an increasingly annoying spoiled boy.
I would apparently benefit from more familiarity with Chinese names---(constant "wait..who is who again?"). And, the strength of the mother is a draw. And, the writing is deeply funny. AND, Nobel prize! But, hour...more
Alvaro Silva
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Yudhi Herwibowo
Ketakutan dalam Big Breasts and Wide Hips

Sungguh, bila saya membayangkan hidup dalam novel Mo Yan, Big Breast and Wide Hips (BBWH), saya pastilah akan merasa sangat ketakutan!

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Novel yang meraih nobel sastra tahun 2012, adalah novel tentang perjuangan seorang perempuan bernama Shangguan Lu. Dari rahimnya lahir 9 anak. Harapannya dan keluarga untuk mendapatkan anak laki-laki membuatnya mau melakukan apa pun. Ya , apa pun. Suaminya, Shangguan Shouxi, terlahir mandul, sehingga ia harus bercinta de...more
Imas
Niat membaca buku ini dibulan April sebagai peringatan hari perempuan Indonesia. Mulai April baru diselesaikan Juli...TERLALU. Hadoh kerjaan tidak bisa diajak kompromi...akhirnya selesai jg. Membaca buku ini lumayan berat,paduan sejarah politik di Cina dan realisme magis (barangkali)Cina. Digambarkan dengan lugas dan cukup menimbulkan perasaan ngeri, miris dan bertanya-tanya begitu beratkah kehidupan di Cina pada masa itu.
Shangguan Lu, tokoh utama dalam buku ini, seorang perempuan yang berjuang...more
Chris Chester
Let me first start by saying that anybody who writes off this book because "the names are confusing" is an idiot. Chinese surnames come first, get over it.

Moving on... It's rare that I find myself feeling so conflicted about a book. Big Breasts and Wide Hips is spectacular in a number of ways.

As an account of China's Great Leap Forward, it's instructive and insightful. When studying the great events of history, one's conception of the way things happened often conforms to the structure of the hi...more
indri
#2011-39

review ini aman untuk dikonsumsi. tidak mengandung spoiler.
tapi untuk 18+ ;))

Sewaktu pertama melihat buku ini direkomendasikan oleh mbak Endah Sulwesi, dari penerbit waktu itu, aku sudah tertarik membacanya. Cerita tentang kehidupan sekeluarga di masa Cina pendudukan Jepang, dan bagaimana mereka bertahan di tengah pergolakan politik itu sampai pada masa ketua Mao, pasti menjanjikan satu sisi sejarah yang menarik.

Dan hal yang paling menarik, tentu saja judulnya! Judul Big Breast and Wide...more
Elizabeth Moffat
This book can be described as a quick history of China’s more violent and turbulent years during one generation which is seen through the eyes of one boy, brought up as the only male amongst eight sisters, and he is completely obsessed with breasts. But not in the usual manner – he constantly craves his mothers milk after attempts to wean him off fails dismally. And there are a lot of breast references, almost every page has something about them or the nipple area in general! This induced much s...more
Prof. Aloke Kumar
BIG BREASTS and WIDE HIPS : A novel by 莫言 Mo Yan

Chinese author Mo Yan, not Mao Yan, won the Nobel Literature Prize for his writing that mixes folk tales, history and the contemporary.

Big Breasts and Wide Hips published at the end of 200
9 , is set in a world seemingly remote to the 350 million or so Chinese born after 1980 and the start of Deng Xiaoping's reformist policies. They also happen to be China's most voracious readers, judging by the way in which books targeting this youthful demographi...more
Julka
Kilkanaście dni temu Mo Yan otrzymał Literacką Nagrodę Nobla. Popędziłam do biblioteki i udało mi się zdobyć ostatni egzemplarz jego książki "Obfite piersi, pełne biodra". Kiedy zaczęłam czytać opowieść o rodzinie Shangguan nawet się ucieszyłam, bo zapowiadało się na sagę rodzinną, a ten typ powieści bardzo lubię. Niestety po kilkudziesięciu stronach pojawia się w książce nowy narrator, którym jest syn Shangguan Lu - Shangguan Jintong i od tego momentu kolejne kartki przewracałam głównie dlatego...more
Vanessa Montês
Estou a ter uma crise existencial com este livro... gostei ou não? Eis a questão! Se por um lado sinto que houveram certas passagens que me "atingiram" e que gostei, por outro sinto que me faltou algo no livro... Acabei por dar 3 estrelas, pois se não tenho a certeza se gostei ou não é porque não me marcou assim tanto. Relativamente ao livro em si, eu apenas o li por o autor ter ganho o prémio nobel. Isto parece ser algo oco de se dizer e um motivo ainda mais oco para começar um livro, mas a ver...more
Nitya Sivasubramanian
And I thought we Indians have difficult names to keep track of!

Perhaps this book would have been a better read if I had any empathy for the narrator. Unfortunately though, he strikes me as such a whiny unbearably spoilt little boy that I spent more time trying to repress unhappy memories of growing up in a son-obesessed culture than I could afford to waste on this book.

I did enjoy some of the female characters though. A powerful matriarch who dares soldiers to strike her as she protects her bro...more
Cátia Santos
3,8! Com uma escrita particular, Mo Yan faz um retrato da China ao longo do século XX, distinguindo a força das mulheres, patente numa família onde o tão aguardado filho varão é o membro mais fraco. No entanto, acho que só quem já conhece a história da China consegue identificar bem os vários períodos aqui descritos. Num outro livro, "Cisnes Selvagens", onde também é descrita a história da China através de três gerações de mulheres, aprendi bem mais acerca deste assunto, o que me permitiu identi...more
Heather Dune Macadam
I am struggling with this one. I started it before I went to China and read it while I was traveling. I am a VERY fast reader and am only half way through the book. I am bored by the narrative voice and I think I am simply too much of a feminist to enjoy the "boy" worship that is China. I will finish the book because i make it a point of reading Noble Prize writers, but I wish I had read Red Sorghum instead (and will). I must add that I read IQ84 in 3 days, so that this is taking so long is real...more
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Modern Chinese author, in the western world most known for his novel Red Sorghum (which was turned into a movie by the same title). Often described as the Chinese Franz Kafka or Joseph Heller.

"Mo Yan" is a pen name and means "don't speak". His real name is Guan Moye (simplified Chinese: 管谟业; traditional Chinese: 管謨業; pinyin: Guǎn Móyè).

He has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2012 for his...more
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