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Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke
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Mar 09, 12

bookshelves: 2012
Read from March 01 to 08, 2012

This book was certainly interesting -- a dark (and sometimes darkly comic) look at a rural Chinese village devastated by AIDS as a result of rampant plasma selling encouraged by greedy businessmen and unscrupulous politicians. And even though it threatened to get boring at points, it never completely bogged down. But something kept me from really getting into it -- perhaps a barrier of translation or possibly of cultural understanding on my part -- the fable like characters (particularly the unremitting evil of "Dad") and the simplistic style of the narration and the plot kept me at bay.

Nonetheless, an interesting read, and a haunting one in many ways.

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