An essential work for anyone interested in the society and history of modern China! The first half of the twentieth century was a period of great turmoil in China. Family, one of the most popular Chinese novels of that time, vividly reflects that turmoil and serves as a basis for understanding what followed. Written in 1931, Family has been compared to Dream of the Red Chamber for its superb portrayal of the family life and society of its time. Drawn largely from Pa Chin�s own experience, Family is the story of the Kao family compound, consisting of four generations plus servants. It is essentially a picture of the conflict between old China and the new tide rising to destroy it, as manifested in the daily lives of the Kao family, and particularly the three young Kao brothers. Here we see situations that, unique as they are to the time and place of this novel, recall many circumstances of today�s world: the conflict between generations and classes, ill-fated love affairs, students� political activities, and the struggle for the liberation of women. The complex passions aroused in Family and in the reader are an indication of the universality of human experience. This novel illustrates the effectiveness of fiction as a vehicle for translating the experience of one culture to another very different one.
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This book was assigned for a class of mine and it ended up being more of a pleasure read for me! It is very fascinating, the struggle that takes place during the New Culture Movement in China and how the older generations and the younger generations clash in beliefs. To put it simply, the novel 'family' is about Chueh-hui¿s struggle to understand himself and life around him. It is the tale of his growth, as both a student and a revolutionary, and his journey away from the corrupt life of gentry.
I wondered in the beginning why my teacher made us read such an obscure book for class. This book has many underlying themes, and I can very much relate to the characters. I found myself crying and triumphing with the characters. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Chinese families.
'The Family' is a book that i had to read for a class in college. It turned out to be the best book I've read as of yet. It details the effects of a family coping in early 20th century China. The characters are likable and the plot is suspenseful. This book caught me off guard and I thank my professor for making this a requirement.