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ISBN13: 9781400063130
ISBN10: 1400063132
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jadelin, October 9, 2010 (view all comments by jadelin)
Easily one of the most engrossing, thought provoking novels I've read, The Vagrants is sad, gritty and brilliantly written. Li Yiyun's use of language, prose and her incredible ability to weave stories into a story kept me from putting this book down. The political, social and cultural backdrop of Communist party dominated China are apt in providing some insight into our modern world in a global sense as well as that of the individual.. The anguish and suffering in The Vagrants reminded me of A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. The characters in both stories struggled the ultimate struggle of life versus freedom. I highly recommend The Vagrants to those who are interested in the culture of oppressed societies and those who are excited by being engaged by supreme literary gifts such as those of Li Yiyun.
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jadelin, October 9, 2010 (view all comments by jadelin)
Easily one of the most engrossing, thought provoking novels I've read, The Vagrants is sad, gritty and brilliantly written. Li Yiyun's use of language, prose and her incredible ability to weave stories into a story kept me from putting this book down. The political, social and cultural backdrop of Communist party dominated China are apt in providing some insight into our modern world in a global sense as well as that of the individual.. The anguish and suffering in The Vagrants reminded me of A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. The characters in both stories struggled the ultimate struggle of life versus freedom. I highly recommend The Vagrants to those who are interested in the culture of oppressed societies and those who are excited by being engaged by supreme literary gifts such as those of Li Yiyan.
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I just finished reading this novel, and I can't say enough good things about it. It is complex, delicate and beautifully written, while at the same time it illustrates the most heartless and brutal human behavior. As a yet-unpublished novelist, I admire greatly its technical expertise and its brilliant use of perspective. It's one of the best literary novels I've read in a few years.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400063130
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Li, Yiyun
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
History
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
China History 20th century.
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090203
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.40x6.62x1.03 in. 1.37 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Random House - English 9781400063130 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Merciless as nature, Li spares her readers not one telling detail: the bloodstained bandages covering the wounds where Gu Shan's vocal cords have been cut and her kidneys scavenged by a Communist Party official; the tiny shack furnished with one chair, a cot and a tree stump where a tubercular intellectual conspires to redeem that unjust death; the myriad silences accompanying a former government news announcer to her grave. Yet this meticulousness enriches us with beauties both wild and mundane. Willow buds swell with 'the best green of the year — clean, fresh, shining'; 'white nameless flowers bloom all summer' in the meadows where female babies are abandoned to freeze in winter; a young girl feels 'a small tickling sensation...somewhere in her body that she had not known existed.'" (read the entire Ms. review)
"Review" by , "In its acute tracing of ambivalences and unexpected twists and turns in people's motivation and behaviour, The Vagrants can put you in mind of Tolstoy or Chekhov."
"Review" by , "In this most amazing first novel, Yiyun Li has found a way to combine the jeweled precision of her short-story-writer's gaze with a spellbinding vision of the power of the human spirit to not only survive near-annihilation, but to open up a space in the devastation for some kind of healing."
"Review" by , "A harrowing portrait of a woman's execution by an oppressive Chinese regime, and how her death affects an entire provincial town... Li's story has an empathetic, uncannily graceful tone. A complex, downbeat, ultimately admirable tale of a cloaked portion of Chinese history."
"Review" by , "Unflinching and mesmerizing, Li traces the contagion of evil with stunning precision and compassion in this tragic and beautiful novel of conscience."
"Review" by , "Yiyun Li has written a book that is as important politically as it is artistically. The Vagrants is an enormous achievement."
"Review" by , "Ezra Pound said that literature is news that stays news. Nothing could be a more apt description of Yiyun Li's extraordinary new novel, The Vagrants. It is a book about a street, but a street that turns the corner into another street, then turns into a town, and soon becomes a whole country. Li finds the music in the smaller lives and makes them symphonic. This is history and memory at its most raw and brilliant, reminiscent of Saramago, Aciman, and Coetzee. The Vagrants is a novel to be savored and discussed."
"Review" by , "Every once in a while a voice and a subject are so perfectly matched that it seems as if this writer must have been born to write this book. The China that Yiyun Li shows us is one most Americans haven't seen, but her tender and devastating vision of the ways human beings love and betray one another would be recognizable to a citizen of any nation on earth."
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