The Rice Sprout Song

The Rice Sprout Song

by Eileen Chang, Ailing Zhang
     
 

The first of Eileen Chang's novels to be written in English, The Rice-Sprout Song portrays the horror and absurdity that the land-reform movement brings to a southern village in China during the early 1950s. Contrary to the hopes of the peasants in this story, the redistribution of land does not mean an end to hunger. Man-made and natural disasters bring

Overview

The first of Eileen Chang's novels to be written in English, The Rice-Sprout Song portrays the horror and absurdity that the land-reform movement brings to a southern village in China during the early 1950s. Contrary to the hopes of the peasants in this story, the redistribution of land does not mean an end to hunger. Man-made and natural disasters bring about the threat of famine, while China's involvement in the Korean War further deepens the peasants' misery. Chang's chilling depiction of the peasants' desperate attempts to survive both the impending famine and government abuse makes for spellbinding reading. Her critique of communism rewrites the land-reform discourse at the same time it lays bare the volatile relations between politics and literature.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Published in 1955 and 1967, respectively, Rice offers a glimpse of rural life in China during the early years of the People's Republic, while Rouge follows the life of a woman locked in a dismal marriage that ultimately drives her insane. Though set in China and featuring native characters, Chang's books nonetheless are for all readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520214378
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/10/1998
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

What People are saying about this

Jung Chang
Eileen Change beautifully and movingly evokes 20th-century China and the hearts and minds of Chinese women. -- Author of Wild Swans
C.T. Hsia
A modern Chinese classic. -- Author of History of Modern Chinese Fiction

Meet the Author


David Der-wei Wang is Professor of Chinese Literature at Columbia University. His current publications include Running Wild: Contemporary Chinese Fiction (1994).

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