Ann’s review of Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China
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Jul 31, 2009 08:31AM
I didn't even finish the book. What really annoyed me about it was the massive use of metaphors, which were totally unneccessary. No wonder the book is so long.
Chang should just stick to being a correspondent, not an author.
Oct 10, 2012 05:49AM
I think you missed the point. A running theme in the book is how quickly life changes in china. How it can feel like people can pursue one's new goal or prerogative with a kind of amnesia about the past. In fact, you learned much more about china than you think. Chinese language is full of metaphors as well. If you study Chinese language, you would understand that.
May 16, 2013 08:02PM
Hi Gail, just wanted to point out that the use of metaphors is a huge part of the Chinese language, therefore when she writes a book of course she will tend to use more metaphors than a native English speaker/writer. It's not her being over-zealous, but rather a cultural norm to use lots of metaphors! :)
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