Gina Herald's Reviews > To Live
When the majority of the "profundity" of a novel comes from people killing themselves (cough cough Norwegian Wood), dying in horrible and unlikely ways, I can't just help but think that it's simply uncreative. However, the reason I'm relatively fond of this novel is the warmth and humor that--based on my personal experience with the type--isn't often seen in Asian literature. Fugui is a character who embodies happiness through everything, not a bent-kneed, leaky-eyed Job bemoaning a fate over which in the end he simply has no control. However, I wouldn't say Fugui has seen some truth of life as opposed to simply learning to accept and come to peace with each individual death. I liked the book and I liked the author, and I admire how the person Yu Hua creates is truly human, one that we can all relate to in our failings and lack of Pilgrim's Progress-like protagonist qualities. It was a truly honest book though, and that is in itself rather refreshing.
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