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I Am China: A Novel av Xiaolu Guo
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I Am China: A Novel (urspr publ 2014; utgåvan 2014)

av Xiaolu Guo (Författare)

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In a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatrick starts work on a Chinese letter: Dearest Mu, The sun is piercing, old bastard sky. I am feeling empty and bare. Nothing is in my soul, apart from the image of you. I am writing to you from a place I cannot tell you about yet. Perhaps when I am safe I will be able to let you know where I am... In a detention centre in Dover exiled Chinese musician Jian is awaiting an unknown fate. In Beijing his girlfriend Mu sends desperate letters to London to track him down, her last memory of them together a roaring rock concert and Jian the king on stage. Until the state police stormed in. As Iona unravels the story of these Chinese lovers from their first flirtations at Beijing University to Jian's march in the Jasmine Revolution, Jian and Mu seem to be travelling further and further away from each other while Iona feels more and more alive. Intoxicated by their romance, Iona sets out to bring them back together, but time seems to be running out.… (mer)
Medlem:garrettjansen
Titel:I Am China: A Novel
Författare:Xiaolu Guo (Författare)
Info:Nan A. Talese (2014), Edition: 1st Edition, 384 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:to-read, china, goodreads-import

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I am China av Guo Xiaolu (2014)

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I Am China is an ambitious book about an important topic. But it never really came together for me. Xiaolu Guo has so many ideas that they never really coalesce. She wants to talk about identity, and politics, and revolution, and language, and isolation, and love, and sex, and human connection. In the end, I felt she was only partly successful. I would rather read a novel that successfully tackles one or two of these ideas than one at which the author seems to have thrown every thought she’s ever had in hopes something will stick. That’s maybe a bit harsher than it should be; I do think that Guo says some interesting things about the human cost of political resistance. (And I found it particularly interesting since I’d just finished Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, which gave me a different perspective on life in post-Tiananmen China.) I just felt that the novel could have been more powerful if Guo had brought more focus to it. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
Again one of the countless books that wants to spread the propagandistic and racist idea that everything about the United States is the best possible and everything related to China is shit and inferior. And it is really a pity because it makes almost unreadable a novel which, at least in the first part, is quite intriguing (in spite of beein unrealistic). ( )
  Mlvtrglvn | Jan 5, 2018 |
I Am China is an ambitious book about an important topic. But it never really came together for me. Xiaolu Guo has so many ideas that they never really coalesce. She wants to talk about identity, and politics, and revolution, and language, and isolation, and love, and sex, and human connection. In the end, I felt she was only partly successful. I would rather read a novel that successfully tackles one or two of these ideas than one at which the author seems to have thrown every thought she’s ever had in hopes something will stick. That’s maybe a bit harsher than it should be; I do think that Guo says some interesting things about the human cost of political resistance. (And I found it particularly interesting since I’d just finished Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, which gave me a different perspective on life in post-Tiananmen China.) I just felt that the novel could have been more powerful if Guo had brought more focus to it. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
First of all, let me say that this is a beautiful cover.

Second of all, let me say that I didn't pick it up because of the cover. I picked it up because I read Guo's UFO in Her Eyes earlier this year and loved it. And if I loved that book, I adored this one even more.

The premise really intrigued me. A young Scottish translator reading a jumble of letters and diary entries between two lovers -- Mu and Jian. I love the structure of this novel, the translator (Iona) picks up a page and starts to translate and gets completely absorbed in the story. All throughout the book I had questions. I was hungry to read this book, hungry for the answers.

I love Guo's writing style. She's witty and hopeful and a little bit of a romantic and a cynic all at once. This book is steeped in politics but it isn't dry, for even a minute. I love that this book explores identity and immigrants and migrants and everything in between.

I loved Iona's backstory and how Xiaolu wrote her story like a dealer laying out her cards. This is an incredible feat of a novel and I feel like I was so invested in it, in the story within the story, from the very beginning. I loved that some parts and some words were untranslatable. I loved that this book had so many little pictures and photographs of Jian's writing -- that of an angry, drunken calligrapher.

I loved the massive plot points and the tiny details, all slowly unfurling like a blooming tea ball, petals uncurling and to reveal a red centre.

I read this book's acknowledgements. I didn't want it to end.

Thank you, Xiaolu Guo. This book will stay with me for a long time. ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
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In a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatrick starts work on a Chinese letter: Dearest Mu, The sun is piercing, old bastard sky. I am feeling empty and bare. Nothing is in my soul, apart from the image of you. I am writing to you from a place I cannot tell you about yet. Perhaps when I am safe I will be able to let you know where I am... In a detention centre in Dover exiled Chinese musician Jian is awaiting an unknown fate. In Beijing his girlfriend Mu sends desperate letters to London to track him down, her last memory of them together a roaring rock concert and Jian the king on stage. Until the state police stormed in. As Iona unravels the story of these Chinese lovers from their first flirtations at Beijing University to Jian's march in the Jasmine Revolution, Jian and Mu seem to be travelling further and further away from each other while Iona feels more and more alive. Intoxicated by their romance, Iona sets out to bring them back together, but time seems to be running out.

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