I took the Fast Train to Shanghai:
The challenge is opened from 1 Sept 2009 – 1 Sept 2010, read 5 books about China
- 1 should be a translated work of fiction by a Chinese author (or not translated if you have the language skills.) Exceptions made for Chinese authors that also write in English– their English works are fine.
- 1 should be nonfiction
So here’s what I read:
- The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa
- Love in the Age of Indifference by Xiaolu Guo
- A Thousand Good Years of Prayers, YiYun Li
- Miss Chopstick, Xinran
- Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, Xinran (Non-fiction)
It is interesting to note although there is 64 participants, I am the only one who posted a review in May. Yoohoo is anybody there?
A Thousand Good Years of Prayers is a collection of short stories and gave me an 8-course meal of the Chinese society and culture. YiYun Li writes in simple and lucid prose, and end each story with lingering regrets.