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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701176059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701176051
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,102,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Compelling, inventive and bleakly funny" (Big Issue)

"Deep black humour...owes a debt to Italo Calvino" (Daily Telegraph)

"Ma's writing shines a light that is both humane and angry into some of the dustiest corners of a closed and often forgotten society" (Observer)

"Playful and wonderfully dark...a Chinese Kundera" (Philip Marsden) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Playful and wonderfully dark, The Noodle Maker confirms Ma Jian as a Chinese Kundera. The funniest book I've read in a long time' Philip Marsden --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Book Junkie on 19 Jan 2010
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An interesting book giving a Dark Humoured insight into the changes going on in China, many amusing anecdotes for a hard existence.
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By carol hemsley on 12 Mar 2014
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Very good reading a bit dark in places,but that's ma Jians style I've read all his books now ,exellent if you are realy interested in china thanks I would recomend this book.
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By Sonrosado Roses on 16 Jan 2013
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As soon as I read Ma Jian's Red Dust it soon became my favourite book about China. I have loved his other works too, a brilliant writer, harsh existence he inhabits.
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Two old friends - a professional blood donor (a profit seeker) and a state employed writer (an idealist) - meet up for a regular dinner. The latter compains about his latest assignment: a book about a Communist hero. He yearns to write about other people:
'A young entrepreneur who runs a private crematorium; an illegal migrant who writes letters for the illiterate; a father who spends his life trying to get rid of his retarded daughter...These are people he knows, has read about or sees every day on the streets...But he is fully aware that if he wrote about these sad and feeble characters, his leaders would consider him unfit for the post of professional writer'.
In a series of interlinked short stories, the writer tells the stories of these characters...
An excellent translation by Flora Drew. Interesting read although sometimes I felt the hidden meanings escaped me!
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jun 2007
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An interesting book. I must admit, I probably wouldn't have realised it was supposed to be funny (even darkly so) had I not read the blurb on the back. I'm not a great fan of dark humour, and I found this particularly dark and, as I say, not really funny.

However, the writing is good and I suspect that those who like black humour would enjoy it more than I did. It paints a grim, bleak picture of life in China, but it is an interesting insight into a different culture. I felt I might have appreciated the story - and the humour - more if I had had a better knowledge of Chinese culture before reading.

Some of the chapters are pretty unpleasant so I wouldn't recommend it to those who are easily upset or queasy. It's not really a light or easy read, although the actual writing style is perfectly accessible - it's more the subject matter than made reading difficult. I would recommend it to those who like dark humour, or who have some knowledge or interest in Chinese culture and recent history.
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