A Chinese Everyman's progress from self-indulgent irresponsibility to resignation and the beginning of wisdom is briskly in a 1993 novel known in other parts of the world as the source of the highly successful film.
Yu Hua's elderly narrator Xu Fugui relates to a passing "city boy" the story of how he gambled away his family's fortune, endured the post-WWII years (as both military prisoner and soldier), struggled through the early period of Mao's Cultural Revolution and the economic debacle of the Chairman's 1958 "Great Leap Forward"—and lived to bury all those he had grown to love and work alongside, and transfer his affection to the aging ox with which he ploughs his shrunken patch of land. Read full book review >
Translator Berry's informative introduction to these "Two Novels About Growing Up" emphasizes their popular Taiwanese author's multiple celebrity, both as radio and TV personality and as creator of the best-selling trilogy that contains them. My Kid Sister is a sober, quite affecting recounting of a middle-class family's complacency, from the viewpoint of their alienated, imaginative daughter. Read full book review >