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The Rouge of the North
     

The Rouge of the North

by Eileen Chang, Ailing Zhang
 

The Rouge of the North is the story of Yindi, a beautiful young bride who marries the blind, bedridden son of a rich and noble family. Captive to household ritual, to the strategies and contempt of her sisters-in-law, and to the exacting dictates of her husband's mother, Yindi is pressed beneath the weight of an existence that offers no hope of change.

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The Rouge of the North is the story of Yindi, a beautiful young bride who marries the blind, bedridden son of a rich and noble family. Captive to household ritual, to the strategies and contempt of her sisters-in-law, and to the exacting dictates of her husband's mother, Yindi is pressed beneath the weight of an existence that offers no hope of change. Dramatic events in the outside world fail to make their way into this insular society. Chang's brilliant portrayal of the slow suffocation of passion, moral strength, and physical vitality—together with her masterful evocation of the sights, smells, and sounds of daily existence—make The Rouge of the North a remarkable chronicle of a vanished way of life.

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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:
9780520214385
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/10/1998
Pages:
185
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Rey Chow
The Rouge of the North. . . .contains some of the most notable novelistic features of Chang's work. A poignant story. -- University of California, Irvine

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