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Howard Goldblatt
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Our narrator’s grandparents and father are legendary. Family members and friends tell stories of how the narrator’s grandmother helped defeat the Japanese or how his grandfather was king of bandits in Shandong Province. The story of the narrator’s family is the story of China in the twentieth centur...
Tigus
Tigus rated it 3 years ago
So, I don't go into this book "cold", when it comes to having some scant but handy knowledge regarding the era in China we can call Mao's Cultural Revolution. Was it also a "Five Year Plan"? I think it was a five year plan. Another one of these "if we do it right, we'll be done in x-number of years,...
KatieMc
KatieMc rated it 3 years ago
Reading this was a good exercise in expanding my personal, hopefully not too xenophobic, horizons. This collection of short stories had an interesting preface by the author, a mini autobiography describing his passion and inspiration for writing. He describes his early childhood during the cultural ...
Jolene
Jolene rated it 3 years ago
I'm officially calling it quits with this one. I've been piking it up and putting it back down for over four months now. I think it's just a case of the author's writing style not fitting with my taste. The description grabbed my attention right away. I love historical fiction featuring strong woman...
Ana V.
Ana V. rated it 5 years ago
update: i just found out that The Garlic Ballads was written in 35 days. .... what? this is probably one of his toughest books, with scenes that make you both afraid and disgusted, with characters that have no humanity in them and you're still forced to acknowledge that yes! indeed! they are your ki...
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