To Live

To Live

by Yu Hua
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To Live by Yu Hua

From the author of Brothers and China in Ten Words: this celebrated contemporary classic of Chinese literature was also adapted for film by Zhang Yimou. This searing novel, originally banned in China but later named one of that nation’s most influential books, portrays one man’s transformation from the spoiled son of a landlord to a kindhearted peasant. After squandering his family’s fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of gritty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307429797
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 372,778
File size: 263 KB

About the Author

Yu Hua is the author of five novels, six story collections, and three essay collections. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He is the recipient of many awards, including the James Joyce Award, France’s Prix Courrier International, and Italy’s Premio Grinzane Cavour. Yu Hua lives in Beijing.

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To Live 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
FreddyD More than 1 year ago
I don't really like that old saying that the book is better than the movie (I've seen a lot of movies that were way better than the books), but in this case it's true. The movie was good, but the book is amazing. It doesn't have a plot so much, which usually irritates me, but the way the main guy tells his life's story, it's really impressive. He's just so goofy!
Rondolyn More than 1 year ago
Yu Hua tells us a story about simple people living a simple life under extraordinary circumstances in a turbulent time of 20th Century China. His ability to characterize the struggle of peasants in a time of government upheaval and citizen complacency creates a psychological and philosophical adventure for the reader. Reading this story I was drawn into a family struggling to find love and happiness with little reward beyond the simple act of having lived.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very, very powerful book, and elegantly written as well.
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