China in Ten Words

China in Ten Words

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by Yu Hua
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0307379353

ISBN-13: 9780307379351

Pub. Date: 11/08/2011

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

From one of China’s most acclaimed writers, his first work of nonfiction to appear in English: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last several decades, told through personal stories and astute analysis that sharply illuminate the country’s meteoric economic and social transformation.
 
Framed by ten phrases common

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From one of China’s most acclaimed writers, his first work of nonfiction to appear in English: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last several decades, told through personal stories and astute analysis that sharply illuminate the country’s meteoric economic and social transformation.
 
Framed by ten phrases common in the Chinese vernacular—“people,” “leader,” “reading,” “writing,” “Lu Xun” (one of the most influential Chinese writers of the twentieth century), “disparity,” “revolution,” “grassroots,” “copycat,” and “bamboozle”—China in Ten Words reveals as never before the world’s most populous yet oft-misunderstood nation. In “Disparity,” for example, Yu Hua illustrates the mind-boggling economic gaps that separate citizens of the country. In “Copycat,” he depicts the escalating trend of piracy and imitation as a creative new form of revolutionary action. And in “Bamboozle,” he describes the increasingly brazen practices of trickery, fraud, and chicanery that are, he suggests, becoming a way of life at every level of society.
 
Characterized by Yu Hua’s trademark wit, insight, and courage, China in Ten Words is a refreshingly candid vision of the “Chinese miracle” and all its consequences, from the singularly invaluable perspective of a writer living in China today.

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ISBN-13:
9780307379351
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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China in Ten Words 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RJ_Bruin More than 1 year ago
With a name like China in Ten Words, I was anticipating a book that would give you a perspective on China in ten differing metaphorical contexts. This book does do this but not in the manner which I had anticipated. You have to remember that Yu is a novelist, not a historian or a cultural anthropologist when you are reading this book. As such, this book is built largely on personal anecdotal narrative, not cultural analysis. It recounts Yu's personal experiences growing up and coming of age during the Cultural Revolution and his path to becoming one ofChinas most internationally well respected writers. I had thought this book would be a little more academic than it turned out to be, but after getting through the first few chapters and having to reorient my expectations for this book, I found Yu's experiences to be extremely valuable and insightful in their own right. His chapters addressing the socio-political cllimate of Maoist China were especially interesting. This sort of firsthand account, especially written as it is, is something that you won't find in a historical text. Instead it is very human oriented. Yu makes no apology for his childhood zeal for the Communist regime in his youth and gives the reader a very real image of what normal life was for a child growing up in that time. While Yu is quite critical and satirical of China at times, you don't get the sense that he is writing as an apologist. Rather, you get a book that tells you about the story of a Chinese everyman who experienced one of the most remarkable transformative periods in modern history. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in learning about the human side of Chinas rapid rise to prominence
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