An international literary phenomenon-now available for the first time in English translation-Candy is a hip, harrowing tale of risk and desire, the story of a young Chinese woman forging a life for herself in a world seemingly devoid of guidelines. Hong, who narrates the novel, and whose life in... show more
An international literary phenomenon-now available for the first time in English translation-Candy is a hip, harrowing tale of risk and desire, the story of a young Chinese woman forging a life for herself in a world seemingly devoid of guidelines. Hong, who narrates the novel, and whose life in many ways parallels the author's own, drops out of high school and runs away at age 17 to the frontier city of Shenzen. As Hong navigates the temptations of the city, she quickly falls in love with a young musician and together they dive into a cruel netherworld of alcohol, drugs, and excess, a life that fails to satisfy Hong's craving for an authentic self, and for a love that will define her. This startling and subversive novel is a blast of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll that opens up to us a modern China we've never seen before. - Banned in China-with Mian Mian labeled the 'poster child for spiritual pollution'-CANDY still managed to sell 60,000 copies, as well as countless additional copies in pirated editions. - CANDY has been published in eight countries to date and has become a bestseller in France.
Publish date: July 15th 2003
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 279
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Chinese Literature
Młodziutka Hong bez wykształcenia, zagubiona, chcąc znaleźć szczęście i samą siebie łatwo wpada w sidła heroiny i wódki. Nie potrafi określić co jest dobre, a co złe, nie radzi sobie z otaczającą rzeczywistością, nie uczy się na błędach, a pseudo-przyjaciele na haju nie są wcale oparciem. Mian Mian ...
This book is like jazz to me. I loved it. Even though it was like jazz to me, there was no mention of jazz in Candy. What this book is about is drugs, sex, the pursuit of self-definition, raw and honest poverty stricken lost souls. Oh and it's about music too, a cross between romantic Taiwanese pop ...
I think I liked (not loved) and hated this book at the same time. It was good at the beginning and I found it quite moving. The writing is, like others say, poetic and haunting, tragic with an ounce of humour. The love story with Saining to me, didn't really get that old. It did go on for the en...