The Girl Who Played Go Hardcover – 1 May 2003
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The Girl Who Played Go is a sparse, delicately constructed, slowly paced novel, but no less moving for that. -- The Big Issue, April 14-20 2003
A dramatic tale of love set against the backdrop of wartorn 1930's China. Haunting and powerful. -- B Magazine May edition
Sa's language is graceful and trance-like: her fights are a whirling choreography......her emotions richly yet precisely expressed.....a moving third novel. -- T2, The Times 14th May.
About the Author
Shan Sa was born in 1972 in Beijing. She left China for France in 1990, studied in Paris and worked for two years for the painter Balthus. Her two previous novels were awarded the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman and the Prix Cazes.
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Top Customer Reviews
Marvellous book, well worth your money!
The writing is powerful, poetic and disturbing, and the story is gripping enough to make you want to read to the last page. There are some very vivid and violent scenes, so this is not a novel for the faint-hearted. The translation from the French holds amazingly well (not something common in all works translated) and at times it's hard to believe this work wasn't originally written in English--well done Adriana Hunter. Both characters tell their stories from the first view point, and my only criticism is that there isn't much difference in the voices (they both seem to have the same gift for describing details), and at times, particularly towards the beginning, I couldn't tell immediately which chapter belonged to whom.
However, it certainly a memorable novel, and I strongly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Firstly, I must confess that I didn't buy this from Amazon, though I was planning to--I found a copy in a charity shop. Read morePublished 23 months ago by A reader in England
This is an unusual read - but interesting.
It's a story set in China during the 30s - a sort of love story centred around the ancient game of 'Go'. Read more