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China: A Traveler's Literary Companion

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3.08  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Whether revealing small-town superstitions or exposing Beijing’s underworld, these works of literary fiction offer insights to modern China and its myriad of social, cultural, and human concerns. An expansive country, China is made up of numerous ethnic groups with a dizzying array of local dialects and subcultures. In addition, China is experiencing staggering change, whi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 28th 2008 by Whereabouts Press
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Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I absolutely did enjoy all the short stories in this collection, I can certainly understand why those who have no connections to the country of China or in the least have no idea what the May Fourth cultural revolutions are, would not enjoy them. This stories, on the surface, are depressing and whiny. There is no satisfaction of a resolution at the end of any of these stories because there has been no resolution for China. To have this be titled "A Traveler's Literary Companion" is complet ...more
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Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised by how much I liked this collection of stories, particularly the later ones that are about cities. I don't know that it really delivers on the idea of "exploring the country through stories" but there's some good stories here. ...more
Nov 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
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A threadbare collection that demonstrates just how meager China's contemporary literary canon is. Mo Yan, and to a far lesser extent, Wang Shuo, both contribute affecting contemporary stories, but the rest doesn't rise above workmanlike folk tales and plotless rumination. Not much here for anyone who isn't personally connected to the country and its writing tradition's slow, grinding, negligent evolution. ...more
May 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Either I don't like ANY Chinese fiction, or this was a poorly contrived anthology. With the notable exception of one short story, I found all of these stories infinitely depressing and dull. Even though I was traveling through China at the time and really enjoyed the context it provided for everything I was seeing, I'm not sure I would seek out this series again for future trips. ...more
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