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The Bridegroom by Ha Jin
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Aug 21, 2007

really liked it
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the 21st century seems to be belong to china.

lately i've been addicted with chinese contemporary literature. the bridegroom is a collection of stories about the contemporary life in china. most of the stories set in the last half of the 20th centuries. where things turn so comically tragic.

"the bridegroom" hits me bad, especially the part about when the doctor said "being gay is not a sickness, it cannot be cured ... but we have to follow the government rule to give him some electric baths."

another story was soo hilarious, "after cowboy chicken came to town", the reaction of the society on "kfc style fried chicken franchise" was even rivals by its town's people by creating a "patriotic chicken" sign in street vendors who sells fried chicken in cheaper and way better tasting chicken. the rivaling campaign was damn funny.

ha jin tells all the stories in his narrative rather melancholic way of telling. sometimes sarcasticly funny. totally a worth to buy piece:)

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