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Haunting and beautiful novel,
This review is from: Dream of Ding Village (Paperback)
Unique and beautiful story narrated by a 12 year old boy, based in a Chinese township. At the centre of the book is the rich Ding family with Ding Hui `bloodhead' who made the family wealthy by coercing poor villagers into selling blood. Initially the villagers prosper but the uncontrolled blood-selling results in the outbreak of AIDS. Eventually there are very few people left who are not infected. Life becomes meaningless in the face of greed and insatiable hunger for wealth.
A novel of desperation and harrowing sadness, of destruction, of the last moments in life and desperation to preserve humanity at the face of death. The book stayed with me long after I finished reading it. It is not an easy read but would definitely recommend it.