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The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
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Apr 20, 2009

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bookshelves: asian, literary
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It's hard to know what to think of this book. It took me a long time to read, not because the incidents are so harrowing but because the plotting is off. It's a kind of slice of life of the several inhabitants of a river town during the early eighties following Mao's death when anti-communist sentiment arose only to be brutally kicked down. The story circles around its several protagonists, not sparing the details of their suffering under a repressive regime and the ensuing poverty. The story just ends with the destruction, in various ways, of several lives and little hope for the future. This, and the lack of carrying plot explains 3 stars instead of 4.

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