UFO in Her Eyes

by Xiaolu Guo | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0099526670 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingTarnawing of Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on 1/29/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingTarnawing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, January 29, 2018
First published in Great Britain in 2009 by Chatto & Windus. London : Vintage 2010. Paperback, 200 pages.
Cover photograph © Trevillion Images; illustrations © Graham Carter.

Took this book from my real-life BookCrossing shelf (books registered by others only) thinking that it was time to read something that had been sitting there too many years. Imagine my astonishment when I realised that UFO in Her Eyes was unregistered. Luckily, there was a cool postcard ”Lentopostia kevätnäyttelyyn” (‘Airmail to Spring Exhibition’) by Turun Postimerkkikerho (Turku Stamp Club). I got both the postcard and this wishlist book from pippis. She said she didn’t register it because she didn’t want me to feel any pressure, that I should feel free to keep the book in my TBR as long as I wanted. What can I say. Thank you, pippis! Thank you so very much.

From back cover:
Silver Hill Village, 2012. On the twentieth day of the seventh moon Kwok Yun is making her way across the rice fields on her Flying Pigeon bicycle. Her world is turned upside down when she sights a UFThing – a spinning plate in the sky – and helps the Westerner in distress whom she discovers in the shadow of the alien craft. It’s not long before the village is crawling with men from the National Security and Intelligence Agency armed with pointed questions. And when the Westerner that Kwok Yun saved repays her kindness with a large dollar cheque she becomes a local celebrity, albeit under constant surveillance...

About the author:
Xiaolu Guo was born in a fishing village in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before moving in London in 2002. The English translation of Village of Stone was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Her most recent novel, 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and her new book, Lovers in the Age of Indifference will be published by Chatto & Windus in 2010. Xiaolu’s film career continues to flourish; her latest feature, She, A Chinese, was released in 2009.

Xiaolu Guo at Penguin site
Xiaolu Guo at Wikipedia
Xiaolu Guo at British Council Literature site
Xiaolu Guo: ‘One language is not enough – I write in both Chinese and English’ at The Guardian
Xiaolu Guo homepage
UFO in Her Eyes at Fantastic Fiction
We’re all aliens now at The Guardian
Capitalism, Stranger Than a Space Alien at The New York Times
Two Views: UFO in Her Eyes by Xiaolu Guo at Strange Horizons

Journal Entry 2 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, February 01, 2018
I was, at first, rather baffled because of the way the story is told. The whole book comprises a folder with some case files – transcriptions of interviews, reports, letters etc. Soon I, however, got used to the style and began to enjoy it. Also, the layout seemed first a bit strange in a novel. But admittedly, it is just the right layout for this book.
I do like UFO in Her Eyes, especially its satirical way of looking at the changing China with its many different aspects. I learned to like the villagers trying to either adjust to the changes or resist them. The book actually gave quite a vivid picture of rural China and also of the enormous size of the country. Telling the truth, I must say I don’t think UFO in Her Eyes is anywhere near the best Guo has written, but I did enjoy it nevertheless. I am so grateful to pippis for this reading experience.

Journal Entry 3 by wingTarnawing at Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Friday, April 06, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (4/6/2018 UTC) at Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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UFO in Her Eyes was my March offer in greenbadger's One book a month thread. In the delayed draw, the book was won by mcsar. Congrats! I hope you'll enjoy it.

Journal Entry 4 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Thursday, April 12, 2018
The book arrived very quickly. Thank you very much for offering this interesting book. I look forward to reading it.

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Updated April 22, 2018

This is a most fun and interesting read. The presentation style is unique and well suited to this book. I too enjoyed the different perspectives and a glimpse into rural China amidst the changes and developments elsewhere in the country. This is the first book of Guo that I read. If it is nowhere near her best, I would be very interested to read more of her.

And I already have plans for this one. It will travel again soon.

Journal Entry 5 by wingmcsarwing at RABCK Winner, RABCK Sweepstakes/Drawing -- Controlled Releases on Friday, May 25, 2018

Released 12 mos ago (5/26/2018 UTC) at RABCK Winner, RABCK Sweepstakes/Drawing -- Controlled Releases

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Congratulations. I hope you like this Celestial read.

Journal Entry 6 by Harobed82 at Pornichet, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Thank you for the book and cute ruler bookmark! :)

Journal Entry 7 by Harobed82 at Pornichet, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, December 31, 2018
I liked this book and its kind of humour.

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