Posted by: koolwine | April 18, 2010

China: To Live

Country: China

Local Name: “Zhōngguó” in transliterated Mandarin.  Roughly translated, it means “Center of the Universe.”

Title: To Live

Author: Yu Hua (Chinese)

Published: 1993 Pages:235

Acclaim: One of the last decade’s 10 most influential books in China; a Chinese bestseller

Time Period: The late 1930s through the late 1970s – a turbulent four decades that included the Chinese Civil War, Mao Zedung’s victory and the formation of the People’s Republic, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and the Reform Period.

Summary: In his portrayal of Fugui, a Chinese “everyman,” Hua shows how a country’s politics affects the lives of even its most ordinary people.  Fugui endures war, communism, famine and the loss of of those closest to him but  is ultimately able to find contentment working the fields with his ox.

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  1. Wow, you are zipping through these books! I wish I had time to read them but it’s interesting enough reading your summaries and comments.


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