In a small village in China, the Wang family has produced seven sisters in its quest to have a boy; three of the sisters emerge as the lead characters in this remarkable novel. From the small-town treachery of the village to the slogans of the Cultural Revolution to the harried pace of city life, Bi Feiyu follows the women as they strive to change the course of their desti...more
I really think it loses something in translation. The prose just feels flat and unengaging. Trying to be stricter about DNFing this year, so after the good old 10% try, on the discard pile it goes.
The first two parts are interesting with the focus on the lack of rights women had, the importance of women keeping their virginity to marriage, the hypocrisy of men who can be sexual predators ...more
It's well written. A tale of the Wang family, the mother has seven daughters in hope of a son. The story then follows three daughters, through tales of love, compromise and betrayal, coming of age and harsh realities of life. Their journeys are interespered with the expectations of Chinese society, ideas of right and wrong, judgement and values.
With that off my chest, I have to admit that I am not particularly enthusiastic about the book. Bi Feiyu attempt at a satiric, yet tragic portrayal of Chinese village life in the mid-70s (up to the 1980s) is a good one, but the bleakness and cruel ...more
This was a slow read - a really slow read! I found the writing style painfully awkward, possibly due to the translation, possibly due to the fact that this is a book written in a Chinese dialect for a Chinese audience. It just didn't seem to be going anywhere. Having said that, and having been to a book group to discuss the book, I now feel that, retrospectively, Three Sisters did have quite a lot to offer, I just needed help to interpret it.
Yumi, Yuxiu and Yuyang are the three sister ...more
However, each section finished abruptly without a climax or a conclusion. I know some writers prefer this style, indicating that life is going to c ...more
Three Sisters won the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2010. It consists of three inter-related short stories, written in a blunt, often coarse style which (I assume) is meant to replicate or to mock the ‘earthiness’ of peasant life. ...more
We follow the lives of these female protagonists who each choose a different path for themselves. The eldest bears the brunt of being the eldest, and understands responsibilities that maybe is a very common cultural trait in Asia. From taking over motherly duties for the last child in the family, to making sure her family is taken care of even during the time s ...more
That aside, the book was reminiscent of "Brothers" by Yu Hua, not because of the title but because of the narrative style and humour.
1. Recipient of Man Booker Prize
2. My wish to read a chinese author
3. Interesting plotline
But I was highly disappointed with the entire book. The synopsis was given as if the 3 sisters were very different from each other and their differences lead to their different lifestyles. But I can safely say that none of them are different as everyone was only interested in 2 things: men and babies.
It was more like how 3 people eventually come to the same ending. I believe th ...more
This year has been very unique for me in terms of reading. I am trying out some new regimes for my reading habit, which also includes reading books of genre that I’ve never read before.
So this week, I finished up a gorgeous book that has been translated from Chinese, Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu. 👯 In a small country village of China, Wang family has produced seven girls in hope of that one son who could sol ...more
Having not been able to read Wolf Totem (I just could not get past the first 4 pages), I was a little hesitant about this... I had wanted to read "The Moon Op ...more
What's especially good about the novel is that while they seek differen ...more
There are similarities between this novel and the previous, The Boat to Redemption. It takes place during the same political epoch, and there is the same obsession with sex. This book, however, deals with the powerlessness of women in that society, and how they ...more
The book, while it included some interesting history and had footnotes to explain proverbs and phrases along the way, it still made for very hard reading due to the subject matter. Rape, unwanted pregnancy, affairs, the mistreatment of women, even the handful of sex ...more
His works are known for their complex portrayal of the "female psyche." Feiyu's novel The Moon Opera (青衣), translated by Howard Goldblatt, was longlisted for the 2008 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, while Three Sisters (玉米 ，玉秀，玉秧), also translate ...more