Big Breasts and Wide Hips

Big Breasts and Wide Hips

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by Mo Yan
     
 

ISBN-10: 1611453437

ISBN-13: 2901611453439

Pub. Date: 01/28/2012

Publisher: Perseus Distribution

"In a country where men dominate, this epic novel is first and foremost about women. As the title implies, the female body serves as the book's most important image and metaphor. The protagonist, Mother, is born in 1900. Married at seventeen into the Shangguan family, she has nine children, none by her husband, who is sterile. The youngest is her only boy, the…  See more details below

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"In a country where men dominate, this epic novel is first and foremost about women. As the title implies, the female body serves as the book's most important image and metaphor. The protagonist, Mother, is born in 1900. Married at seventeen into the Shangguan family, she has nine children, none by her husband, who is sterile. The youngest is her only boy, the narrator of the book, a spoiled and ineffectual child who stands in stark contrast to his headstrong and forceful sisters. Mother, a survivor, is the quintessential strong woman, constantly risking her life to save the lives of several of her children and grandchildren as the political tides shift dramatically from year to year." Each of the seven chapters recounts a different era, from the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 through the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911 and the early years of Sun Yat Sen's Republic, the Japanese invasion in the 1930s, the civil war, the Cultural Revolution, and the post-Mao years.

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ISBN-13:
2901611453439
Publisher:
Perseus Distribution
Publication date:
01/28/2012

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Big Breasts and Wide Hips 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this when it was a daily deal and I am still upset I wasted the money. The author spends more time describing leaves than the people in the story. I tried to force my way through since I hate to start a book but not finish it. But I had to admit defeat and just put this one aside. Even after reading nearly 200 pages I not only wasn't emotionally vested in the characters, I am not sure it would have even been possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give the first 80% of the book 5 stars, but unfortunately I feel the ending is a disappointment with regard to the narrative. I kept hitting the page turn button on my Nook, because I thought there should have been more. The author does, however, paint a vivid picture of the life of peasants in early/mid 20th century China and creates some interesting characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And I should have stopped. The reading is heavy, graphic, dark and extremely sad. I mistakenly started this before I went to bed around 12am. It is now 3 am and I am captivated by the story but I fear I can't finish it due to the sheer heaviness of the content. Some of the descriptions are awkward experiments, i.e. an infant child describing events but oh well. Haven't decided if I'll finish it or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If the author meant to evoke feelings of revulsion in the reader, then he achieved his purpose. Whether it was descriptions of the horrors of war (lobbed off heads/pecked out eyes), the unyielding physical and verbal abuse of the protagonist "mother" by her mother-in-law, or the non-stop obsession of the narrator with his mother's breasts, this book just was painful on so many levels to read. ( I, too, wanted to throw myself from the nearest bell tower!) I read through the 3rd chapter, and, had to wave the white flag. I kept thinking, "Doesn't all this go somewhere?" Sadly, I don't think so. I really wanted to be able to get past the drama in order to learn about the other periods in recent Chinese history, but I couldn't take any more. Wasn't attached enough to the characters to care about what happened to them. The sheer battle of trying to wade through passages, for example, describing wheat and other mundane things, plus suffering through the unbelievable fable-like events ad nauseum, I decided even skimming the remaining pages wasn't an option. I did not archive this ebook, just hit the delete key. I gave it 2 stars but only because it got a rise out of me!
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story line lags and it is quite lengthy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, and found it to be a very good read. Sure, it's a little heavy, but why is that a problem?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
story line lags and it is quite lengthy
ReadingEveryDay More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that you start out reading thinking it will expand your understanding of a different culture. Then I got bored with it all. A long read without a compelling plot. Didn't get to the end of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry to say this but Nathan your a fool and you'll never be full from your apetite for nook sex:(
Lizzibet More than 1 year ago
While I have just received this e-book only recently and have not finished it yet, I believe this book should NOT be judged by its cover! This important, highly regarded Chinese author, Mo Yan, provides important insights into a culture vastly different than our own. Having visited China as a long-term guest of American Ex-Pats several times, I have seen first hand the differences, as well as the similarities between Western and Asian culture. More importantly, I have observed the differences between how Chinese and other Asian business and government function together and separately from one another and from Western government, business and Western culture and thought. This book, Big Breasts & Wide Hips, gives Americans an opportunity to gain insight into the Chinese culture, particularly among the powerful. As our world grows more populated, and with today's rapidly changing economies and political fortunes, any opportunity to learn and understand is valuable. This book gives that opportunity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both of u should be scared what ur doing is foolish and will only last so long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nathan if she is a guy she wont tell u the truth:p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The redemtion through god or somhing like that for training
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope you like nipples, abuse, and violence. Glad i dont live in china
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NEVER BUY