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Wolf Totem - Jiang Rong
Wolf Totem
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It is the final 1960s heyday for the people of the Inner Mongolian grasslands a time when an age-old balance based on culture and tradition was maintained between the nomads, their livestock, and the wild wolves who roamed the plains. Beijing intellectual Chen Zhen volunteers to live in a remote... show more
It is the final 1960s heyday for the people of the Inner Mongolian grasslands a time when an age-old balance based on culture and tradition was maintained between the nomads, their livestock, and the wild wolves who roamed the plains. Beijing intellectual Chen Zhen volunteers to live in a remote nomadic settlement on the border of Inner and Outer Mongolia. There, he discovers life of apparent idyllic simplicity based on an eternal struggle between the wolves and the humans in their fight to survive. Chen learns about the rich spiritual relationship, and respect that only equals can feel, that exists between these adversaries. After many years spent living in solitude, Chen's peace of mind is shattered with the arrival of his kinfolk Han Chinese, sent from the cities to bring modernity and productivity to the remote grasslands. Once the careful balance between the wolves and humans is disrupted, however, culture and tradition are damaged, and the environment suffers.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594201561 (1594201560)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 527
Edition language: English
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Xdyj's books
Xdyj's books rated it
0.0
Read it years ago in Chinese. The story & writing is amazing and the message of environmentalism & humanism is nice. In the last part there is a long controversial semi-nationalist rant that can be read as endorsement of social Darwinism & is often called out as fascist by western leftists & liberal...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
2.0
As Chen Zhen looked through the telescope from his hiding place in the snow cave, he saw the steely gaze of a Mongolian grassland wolf.Ugh - and far too long but I did make it through to the end, which is why it's 2 not 1 star
SJane
SJane rated it
It’s a shame because my mother spent $15 on this book thinking it would appeal to me, and I hoped it would, too. I hate to think of that $15 when considering whether or not to give up on this book. Why should I rake myself over the coals about abandoning this book when I gave up on, for example, Uly...
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4.0 Wolf Totem: A Novel
OK, yesterday I finished it. I have to give it 5 stars, but I really NEED someone to answer one question. Did the author really raise a wolf cub? This is the one thing that is terrible about historical fiction - being unsure what exactly is fiction and what is not. I know that this has no real signi...
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