Red Sorghum

Red Sorghum

A Novel of China

Book - 1994
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As Commander Yu prepares to attack the advancing Japanese, flashbacks tell of the troubled history of his love for the bride of a rich distillery owner.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1994
ISBN: 9780140168549
Branch Call Number: Fiction Mo
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Goldblatt, Howard 1939-- Translator
Alternative Title: Hong gao liang jia zu


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Jul 05, 2016

I tried but couldn't get into this. It might have been the translation or perhaps it's one of those books that you have to tough out the first portion to get hooked on the rest.

May 10, 2015

An outstanding novel of China in the 20's and 30's encompassing Japan's brutal invasion and the seeds of the rise of Mao's Communism by the 2012 Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan. Brilliantly with swaths and strokes of incredibly vivid writing, Mo Yan tells the fascinating story of three generations of rural families in a region where red sorghum is grown. Here, Mo Yan paints an indelible picture of individuals inescapably caught up during those turbulent years of change and loss - for which the descriptions of the red sorghum ranging from "glittering seas of blood" to vast waves of rippling beauty serves as a metaphor - just as the novel itself alternates between scenes of horror and brutality and almost transcendent, gem-like grace. This novel is not to be missed.

May 05, 2014

Probably the author's best known novel, it wasn't in the library's catalogue at the time of his Nobel Prize award, but added later. A great, great story.

Dec 03, 2012

Beautiful but violent all the way through, in every breath of the book. A window into an unfamiliar world, almost like a parallel universe, philosophically, and culturally. The book is hard to read, but is stays with you.

Nov 02, 2012

I have never read a book that was at once so horrifically gruesome and so beautiful. This was a story about a family that had what it took to survive a time of violence: ruthlessness. However, I am glad that I read this book and that this story was told. This a compelling story full of indelible images that will stick with you long after you've finished the novel.


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