The Girl Who Played Go
As the Japanese military invades 1930s Manchuria, a young girl approaches her own sexual coming of age. Drawn into a complex triangle with two boys, she distracts herself from the onslaught of adulthood by playing the game of go with strangers in a public square--and yet the force of desire, like... show more
As the Japanese military invades 1930s Manchuria, a young girl approaches her own sexual coming of age. Drawn into a complex triangle with two boys, she distracts herself from the onslaught of adulthood by playing the game of go with strangers in a public square--and yet the force of desire, like the occupation, proves inevitable. Unbeknownst to the girl who plays go, her most worthy and frequent opponent is a Japanese soldier in disguise. Captivated by her beauty as much as by her bold, unpredictable approach to the strategy game, the soldier finds his loyalties challenged. Is there room on the path to war for that most revolutionary of acts: falling in love?
Publish date: October 12th 2004
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Chinese Literature
I have conflict feelings regarding this novel, Some parts i really enjoyed mainly first half of story. In the second half, i was quite annoyed with the repeatedly sex scenes, sex reference ...etc. It was really pointless; it added nothing to the story. i wanted this book to explain and illustrate th...
This is an easy-to-read book that can likely be read in one sitting. I believe this only took a few hours for me to read, and that's because I linger on Shan Sa's poetic writing style. I hadn't known that the two characters alternated their chapters in narration (the edition I read didn't say so i...
3½ / 5 >Mi ero avvicinata a questo libro prima di tutto perché mi piace il Go e quindi il titolo mi aveva subito attratto. L'idea che mi ero fatta vedendo i POV alternati della cinese e del soldato giapponese era che ogni capitolo, ogni cambio di punto di vista narrante, fosse una mossa nella loro ...
This is a tragic love story that ends brutally. Shan Sa's novel doesn't seem to have lost much in the translation from French to English; the voices of the two protagonists are beautifully rendered, one male and one female. I was a little dubious about a female literary romance author writing a male...