6 journalers for this copy...
This novel tells the story of Lin Kong, a man living in two worlds, struggling with the conflicting claims of two utterly different women, as he moves through the political minefields of a society designed to regulate his every move.
From the Publisher
The winner of the 1999 US National Book Award for Fiction, a poignant and deliciously funny love story, set in China during and after the Cultural Revolution.
Joanthro (US, CO)
Drusillamac (UK) <-on it's way :)
back to me....
By the way, I loved the recycled envelope. Re-using things is great!
I think this was an interesting exploration of what restrictions and controls do to human relationships. Overall, I enjoyed reading it - thanks for starting the bookring, cnfotp.
UPDATE: I have Sobergirl's address and will take this book to the Post Office this afternoon (01 December 2005).
Thank you Nell-Lu for the chocolate! It's organic, dark chocolate. My favourite! THANK YOU!
I will now send this book to the next participant.
Now to get to the post office :D
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Posted today :D
I don't think Shuyu ever really moved into the world created after the revolution; she remained the simple, dutiful wife who never questioned her husband. Manna lived a post-revolutionary life as a nurse, but was constrained by rules which still held women unequal to men in may ways, even though the political rethoric called men and women equal. (I'm thinking specifically here of the need for nurses to remain virgins both to enter the profession as well as to advance in the profession if they remined single while males in the hospital had no such aspect of their job requirements.) Finally, Lin Kong managed to remain the kind of academic who never has to think of anyone other than himself. The revolution, the purges, the plans, they all pass by him since he never really becomes attached to anyone or anything outside of himself. He has a flash of insight into the shallowness and selfishness of his life one night when he became completely drunk, but the insight seemed to disappear with his hangover. He passively waited for something in his life that he thought was love and Shuyu and Manna waited for him to love them. All three wait for happier lives in a system and situation that seemed designed to make all of them ultimately wait for nothing.
Thanks so much cnfotp for making this excellent book available as a Book Ring!
I mailed this to fflloorr on 4/8/06.
The book is now goig to Drusillamac.