I read Shanghai Baby in both English translated version and the original Chinese version.
I shall not repeat the storyline here, as this book has been widely publicized during the past 6 years.
I simply recommend EVERYONE to buy this English translated version of Shanghai Baby. If you love beauty and elegance of words, then, you have more than plenty here in this book.
The translator, Bruce Humes turned the otherwise coarse crude shallow original Chinese version of Shanghai Baby into a new-born book of a poetically sad tragedy, which could have happened in any human society, be it Communist or Democratic, be it in the Orient or in the West.
This is to say, if you could put up with Coco, the female main protagonist (the author herself), her extremely over-sized ego, and her unfathomable huge materialistic appetite for the Western label luxury goods.
I would give this English translated version of Shanghai Baby 5 stars in rating, and for the original Chinese version, zero star.