蛙 Wā Book ✓ ☆ Mo yan

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蛙 WāR of China's new family planning policy She is unrelenting in her mission invoking hatred in her wake In her dramatic fall from deity to demon she becomes the living incarnation of a reviled social policy violently at odds with deep rooted cultural values As China moves towards the millennium a new breed of entrepreneur emerges with a perverse interpretation of the decades old law Tadpole finds himself again caught up in the one child policy and its un This must be one of the first Chinese novels I put my teeth into So it takes some getting used to the style and atmosphere But it soon became clear that Mo Yan is a natural storyteller who isn’t afraid of spending a page to bring his story or better his stories The common thread is the one child policy that the Chinese Communist Party introduced in the second half of the 1960s to curb the population explosion By means of concrete characters Yan makes clear to which human dramas this led Not that he delivers unseen criticism of the regime on the contrary Yan also clearly indicates how necessary that population policy was The clever thing is that the author does not present one dimensional figures the central character the aunt gynecologist has both good and bad sides and at the end of her life she really struggles with what she has done Also beautiful is how the author illustrates to what extent China has changed in the last decades the book starts in the backward countryside in the 1950s and ends at the beginning of the 21st century when that countryside is fully urbanized and prosperity and corruption have enteredTo many readers the final chapter with a very chaotic play arouses a lot of resistance It seems that this is a rather classic Chinese style figure and I think it works This novel did not blow me off my socks but it was a nice introduction

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'One of China's leading writers his work rings with refreshing authenticity' Time Before the Cultural Revolution narrator Tadpole's feisty Aunt Gugu is revered as an obstetrician in her home township in rural China Renowned for her sure hands and uncanny ability to calm anxious mothers Gugu speeds around town on her bicycle to usher thousands of babies into life When famine lifts and the population booms Gugu becomes the unlikely yet passionate enforce Wa wa wa the frogs croak Wah wah wah the babies cry Tadpole is the narrator He is writing a letter which does not seem like a letter to his Japanese mentor He writes about his aunt Gugu who is revered as a midwife She is old now Look around though You and you and you It is likely you are one of the ten thousand that Gugu delivered Head first or feet first Perhaps you reached your hand out instead Gugu may have hud your parents and cooked up a potion to make sure you were a boy Wah wah wah the babies cryBut Gugu does not sleep At night the frogs come Weighed against the births are the thousands of abortions that Gugu ruthlessly performed in furtherance of China’s one child Family Planning Program This was the opposite of Choice Wa wa wa the frogs croakThis is a powerful book And brutal And artistic It ends with a play a play that Tadpole has been putting off The play adds an impressionistic coloring and a denouement of sortsIt would be wrong to give you plot than I already have And this is an advanced reader’s copy so I am forbidden to uote passages which is a shame The symbolism is accessible but not cheap Characters that you fall for will test you There are wonderful vignettes as if Mo Yan already knows how the movie should be made Here’s oneGugu late in life marries Hao Dashou who carves clay figures of babies Gugu remembers the parents So she tells him a little lips or a oblong face imagining the features of children never born There are thousands on the wall Wah wah wahI can tell you this would be a hard read for someone who has experienced difficulty in conception pregnancy or birthing It’s drainingYet there must be officials in China who are made even uncomfortable

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蛙 [Wā] Book ✓ ☆ Mo yan ☆ 'One of China's leading writers his work rings with refreshing authenticity' Time Before the Cultural Revolution narrator Tadpole's feisty Aunt Gugu is revered as an obstetrician in her home township in rural China Renowned for her sure hands and uncanny ability to calm anxious mothers Gugu speeds around townPredictable repercussions on the human price of capital Frog is an extraordinary and riveting mix of the real and the absurd the comic and the tragic It presents a searing portrait of China's recent history in Mo Yan's uniue and luminous prose Translated from the original Chinese edition by Howard Goldblatt 'His idiom has the spiralling invention and mytho maniacal uality of much world literature of a high order from Vargas Llosa to Rushdie' The Observ An interesting story about family planning ie child birth control in rural China starting from the early sixties until a few years after 2000 The book is presented as a series of letters written by Tadpole a retired military officer and rising play writer The letters are to his teacher who he refers to as Sensei The letters are focused on the life of his aunt Gugu who started as a talented young doctormidwife but became the main enforcer of the one child policy in the district As the book progresses we are exposed to the effect this policy has on the peasants of the village and the tragic results of breaking the rule The subject is fascinating and it is interesting to see the various reactions of the people to the policy that is so foreign to their tradition desires and instincts Another subject that we are exposed to is the changes and modernization of the rural area and its people as the timeline moves forward Most of the narrative is presented in the letters as plain narrative but the end of the narrative is presented as a play written by Tadpole featuring the main characters that we have been exposed to This leaves the reader in a conflicting situation as it is not clear if this is what actually happened or it is the imagination of the writer of the playThe book is not easy The timeline moves back and forth Some dreams and imagination are described too and in some cases the story includes some magical realism elements The names of the characters are confusing and hard to follow and there are allot of them The book does have some slow parts where the story seems to stall I listened to this book I am not sure that this audio book is the best experience for a person reading a translation The book is narrated with an English accent and all the characters speak in various English accents Oxford Cockney etc This sounds strangeI do believe that using Chinese sounding accents would be better But I am not sure However as the book does start slowly and is a bit confusing at the beginning it takes time to get into I am not sure that if I would be reading the book I would give it a chance and not drop it