Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Few Words For A Big Idea

How do you accurately describe a country of so many contradictions?  In his first non-fiction work to be translated into English, writer Yu Hua attempts to do just that.  China in Ten Words is part personal memoir, part social and political commentary.  The book is divided into ten chapters centered around ten Chinese phrases that Yu expounds upon with vignettes from his childhood and early adult life.  This was a surprisingly quick read, providing a glimpse into the cultural fabric of a country where opposites not only exist, but flourish.  HM

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