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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (16 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413775313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413775313
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thetruthshallsetyefree on 6 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a awe-inspiring tale of life in communist China. The reader is taken on journey through a magnificent rural landscape which is home to the tenacious peasant farmers struggling to eke out a living despite the ever present indignities and hardships.

It is a beautiful and brutal story and as soon as it ended I immediately went in search of more by this fine author.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec 2000
Format: Paperback
A story of simple people exposed to the horrors of corruption and cruelty. All suffer, some pass the brutality on to their family members, others attempt to resist but their lack of confidence undermines them. A moving tale akin to The Grapes of Wrath.
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By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Nov 2013
Format: Paperback
I really, really liked this. A harrowing yet romantic tale of peasant life in late 20th century China, culminating in a mass minor rebellion. It stands ably alongside all those other French and Russian novels of peasant life, those political tales of dastardly regimes oppressing their peoples. As its chapters cut back and forth in time, powerful scene follows powerful scene (the nascent romance between Gao Ma and Jinju; the scenes in the prison cells; the storming of the county compound; the massacre of the fluttering parakeets). A fantastic book indeed. Very highly recommended.
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By Aurifex on 16 Nov 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Don't buy the kindle version of this book, which appears to have been proof-read by a ten-year-old. I can't speak for the quality of the printed edition, but it seems unlikely it will be any better. I can say nothing about the quality of the writing because it was obscured by the unacceptably large number of typos. I am frankly astonished that Amazon let this edition through their quality control. To be fair to Amazon, they've refunded me in full.
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