E–pub/Kindle [兄弟 Xiōng Dì] by Yu Hua
This book is amazing It goes from *being hilarious to depressing to jaw dropping and back it made me feel like I m on *hilarious to depressing to jaw dropping and back it made me feel like I m on roller coaster This book reads like it has 300 pages not once did I think something was redundant or drawn out In fact I felt it stopped almost too suddenThe characters are wonderfully drawn out and jump off the page This despite the fact that the book often reads like a fableMost interesting is the cultural revolution and how it affected the town of Liu It s interesting that the characters start out living in huts with no electricity or running water It probably is not fair of me to rate this book because I couldn t finish it If you want to read pages and pages and pages of words with
No Point Brothers Is The Book For point Brothers is the book for When I first picked up this book in Chinese in China I was younger and my heart was fainter I did not have the courage to finish even the first half Years later I picked up this novel again and finished reading it To begin with a poorly devised haiku review Yu s roller coaster Is careless with emotionsLike a bad girlfriendI m not really sure what to make of Brothers I liked it that much is certainThe story is expansive and the characters indelible The insight into the development of Chinese culture over the last four decades was enlightening The episodes related were the development of Chinese culture over the last four decades was enlightening The episodes related were both funny and tragic And sometimes even both simultaneously. A bestseller in China recently short listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize and a winner of France’s Prix Courrier International Brothers is an epic and wildly unhinged black comedy of modern Chinese society running amokHere is China as we’ve never seen it in a sweeping Rabelaisian panorama of forty years of rough and rumble Chinese history that has already scandalized millions of readers in the author’s homeland Yu Hua award winning author of To Live gives us a surreal tale of two brothers riding the dizzy. T garden variety tragedies either Brothers can be brutal as it destroys lives without tact or conscience Perhaps this too is a reflection
of the world in which our the brothers dwell an echo of the terror both the world in which our the brothers dwell an echo of the terror both and uiet that the last half century of China s history and culture have wrought in the lives of its citizens In any case I don t now if I ve ever felt mournful while reading a novel Which of course makes me suspect it Brothers develops alongside the lives of two step brothers or properly brothers from about 1960 onward These brothers weather the terrible years of the Cultural Revolution and the mortal FEAR CHAIRMAN MAO S MOVEMENT INSTILLED Chairman Mao s movement instilled the nation They struggle through the years following and look for opportunities in the capitalistic China that would grow out of the revolutionary era Their differing temperaments and philosophies of life offer breadth to the tale allowing readers to completely apprehend China and its culture Yu focuses much of his effort exploring the depths of human folly and the sewer stain of humanity s soul only occasionally revealing the purity of true love and camaraderie throughout And of course those moments shine all the brightly due their depraved surroundings I don t now exactly what Yu thinks of the human being but I suspect that he doesn t think much of it though he seems willing to be surprised by its moments of joy and beauty. Ly characters as the self important Poet Zhao the craven dentist Yanker Yu the virginal town beauty turned madam Lin Hong and the simpering vendor Popsicle WangWith sly and biting humor combined with an insightful and compassionate eye for the lives of ordinary people Yu Hua shows how the madness of the Cultural Revolution has transformed into the eually rabid madness of extreme materialism Both tragic and absurd by turns Brothers is a monumental spectacle and a fascinating vision of an extraordinary place and tim.
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I was involved for the book s entirety which not insubstantialThe problem
I is twofold 1 I can t tell if the writing wasguess is twofold 1 I can t tell if the writing was and somewhat stilted by design or by translation and 2 the extremism of Yu s emotional roller coaster reminds one of the formulaic approach of self important tear jerkers that mob the cineplex every Fall So far as the writing goes it was a curiosity than a bother If the style was due to translator inadeuacy then I suppose I should feel a little ripped off not getting anything close to the full expression of the author s intended work but if the style was the author s choice and the translators indeed faithfully transmitted Yu s text into the book I read then I find the choice fascinating If the text was truly intended to be as simplistic as it was then perhaps the semantic and grammatical choices fit the story Liu Town where the principal action occurs is certainly provincial and a place in which education is of the smallest of concerns It then makes a ind of sense that the narrative should echo the voice of the story s inhabitantsEmotionally Brothers may be one of the saddest funny books I ve ever read I laughed a lot mostly due to the ridiculousness of the town s many inhabitants and most especially because of the proclamations of the principal brother Baldy Li Still the story carries than its share of tragedies And these aren t jus. Ing roller coaster of life in a newly capitalist world As comically mismatched teenagers Baldy Li a sex obsessed ne’er do well and Song Gang his bookish sensitive stepbrother vow that they will always be brothers a bond they will struggle to maintain over the years as they weather the ups and downs of rivalry in love and making and losing millions in the new China Their tribulations play out across a richly populated backdrop that is every bit as vibrant the rapidly changing village of Liu Town full of such live.