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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Door (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007489854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007489855
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,176,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘If I were to pick the ten best literary works in the world of the past ten years, I would definitely rank THE BATHING WOMEN among them’ Kenzaburō Ōe, Nobel Laureate

‘As this spirited quartet chase their dreams against a backdrop of shifting cultural values, the novel – a million-copy seller in China – blends romance and feminism to paint an intimate portrait of these women’s ambitions, appetites and rivalries’ DAILY MAIL

‘[A] fascinating story of sisters growing up in the shadow of the cultural revolution’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

About the Author

Tie Ning won a national short story award at the age of twenty-five and is the recipient of numerous other literary prizes. She has published ten books—collections of short fiction, essays, and novels—three of which were made into movies and television series, including The Bathing Women. In 2006, at the age of forty-nine, she was elected president of the Chinese Writers Association, becoming the youngest writer and first woman to be honored in this way. Her works have been translated into Russian, German, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, and Vietnamese. The Bathing Women is her first novel to be translated into English.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Smith VINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2013
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I'm really not sure how to describe this book. I absolutely loved it. It was so surprising, and I was surprised to find it quite unapologetically erotic when called for. It's a very complexly written narrative that weaves in and out of the lives of the main characters, often delving back into the past. It's beautifully written and very evocative. I loved that I could never second guess what would happen, and the ending was totally unexpected. A great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Broadhurst VINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2013
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This book tells the story of three women who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution, an area of history that I don't know anything about. I found the author's style of entwining the three ladies stories, a tale of friendship and hardship.
I did find it a difficult read, one which I had to concentrate very hard on, but one which I am glad to have read and would like to read more about this period of history
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HJK VINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2013
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I have visited China 3 times in the 1990s & have read many books about China, both historical & fiction, some written in English and some translated into English.

I was really interested in reading this book about 3 women who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution - However this book is really hard to read - maybe it has lost something in the translation? - I just found it dull & tedious.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 April 2013
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I don't often review a book I haven't managed to finish but since this book was provided by Amazon Vine in return for a review, here goes.

The blurb made this sound like an interesting read - two sisters in the 1990s, one who stayed in China and the other who went to America. Unfortunately what the blurb doesn't say is that most of the first third of the book (perhaps more) is given over to minutiae about the daily life of one of the sisters as a child. This could have been interesting given that we're talking about China during the Cultural Revolution, but while there's the occasional nod to that, the author chooses instead to give us reams of tedious trivia. I gave up at page 107 after pages and pages of recipes, given in great detail including ingredients and quantities, of meals the girls cooked. Even that the author (or translator perhaps) couldn't get right - on one page, they bake pork, and on the next bemoan the lack of an oven.

Combine the tedium with a so-called English translation that includes the word 'boondoggle' and I'm sure you'll forgive me for abandoning the book a third of the way through, with no sign on the horizon of the children ever growing up.

I googled boondoggle - apparently it means 'a project that is considered a useless waste of both time and money'...hmm, that just about sums up my feelings.
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