Search Results: "Guo Jian"


BOOK REVIEW

TOMBSTONE by Yang Jisheng
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"The toll is astounding, and this book is important for many reasons—difficult to stomach, but important all the same."
The harrowing account of China's Great Famine. Read full book review >

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THE WATER DRAGON by Li Jian
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Although flatly ending with 'That's the legend told of the kind Water Dragon…' the story nonetheless has the satisfying elements of an entertaining and adventurous folktale. (Folktale. 6-9)"
Chinese dragons are made up of the parts of other animals, and this tale's eponymous water dragon has a snake's skin, a fish's scales, an eagle's claws and a deer's antlers. Read full book review >

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A CONCISE CHINESE-ENGLISH DICTIONARY FOR LOVERS by Xiaolu Guo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"An often-charming exploration of learning, love and loss."
A young Chinese woman travels to London on a student visa and falls in love with a much older English bachelor. Read full book review >

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I AM CHINA by Xiaolu Guo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A semi-epistolary tale powered by what's repressed and unsayable."
An unusual translation assignment offers a harrowing glimpse into post-Tiananmen repression in China. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CONCISE CHINESE-ENGLISH DICTIONARY FOR LOVERS by Xiaolu Guo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"An often-charming exploration of learning, love and loss."
A young Chinese woman travels to London on a student visa and falls in love with a much older English bachelor. Read full book review >

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TWENTY FRAGMENTS OF A RAVENOUS YOUTH by Xiaolu Guo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"It's tempting to greedily gobble up this slim coming-of-age narrative, much like the chive dumplings its heroine cannot get enough of."
Peasant girl leaves her rural Chinese village for a fresh start in bustling Beijing. Read full book review >

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STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE by Ma Jian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"Powerful, disturbing and complex."
A thinly fictionalized account of the Chinese dissident's travels in Tibet, first published in the journal People's Literature in 1987. Read full book review >

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THE DROWNED ONES by Sara Fraser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2010

"The easily solved mystery in Thomas's third case is supplemented by a pleasing selection of little-known historical details."
A strong-minded but physically weak Parish Constable takes his courage in his hands to solve several possible murders. Read full book review >

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THE NOODLE MAKER by Ma Jian
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Blistering satire somewhat marred by long-windedness."
Following the success of Chinese dissident Ma Jian's memoir Red Dust (2001), this political satire, originally published in 1993, now appears in English after a first-serial excerpt in The New Yorker. Read full book review >

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RED DUST by Ma Jian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2001

"How he managed eventually to wander back into Beijing and resume a more or less ordinary life is a matter, presumably, for another book—one that readers will eagerly await."
An extraordinary—and offbeat—insider's account of life in post-Mao, pre-Tiananmen China. Read full book review >

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BEIJING COMA by Ma Jian
Kirkus Star
by Ma Jian, translated by Flora Drew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2008

"A complex, confrontational, demanding—and ultimately rewarding—work."
An unconscious protagonist is the central figure around whom a tapestry of political and personal histories is woven, in the latest from Chinese author Ma Jian (stories: Stick Out Your Tongue, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE CRAZED by Joseph J. Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2002

"Not one of Ha Jin's better efforts. Still, readers who've admired his later fiction won't want to miss it."
A vigil at the bedside of a beloved teacher and mentor challenges, then changes the course of, a young graduate student's life: the deeply felt "new" novel by Chinese-born American author Ha Jin (Waiting , 1999, etc.). Read full book review >