The Garlic Ballads

by Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0140233911 Global Overview for this book
Registered by butlerlibrary of Buffalo, New York USA on 1/9/2006
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by butlerlibrary from Buffalo, New York USA on Monday, January 09, 2006
Please pick me up at E.H. Butler Library, room 107, at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY.

Journal Entry 2 by butlerlibrary at SUNY Buffalo in Buffalo, New York USA on Monday, January 09, 2006

Released 12 yrs ago (1/9/2006 UTC) at SUNY Buffalo in Buffalo, New York USA



Please pick me up at E.H. Butler Library, room 107, at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY.

Journal Entry 3 by morsecode from Woonsocket, Rhode Island USA on Thursday, January 12, 2006
r picked this book up for me at the Buff State OBCZ this morning. (k)

Journal Entry 4 by morsecode from Woonsocket, Rhode Island USA on Friday, April 03, 2009
I offered this book in a Literature in Translation Swap on

I'm mailing it off to bluecat07 tomorrow

Journal Entry 5 by bluecat07 from Karben, Hessen Germany on Saturday, April 18, 2009
Arrived this week, thanks morsie!

Journal Entry 6 by wingolagoriewing from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Saturday, May 08, 2010

I received this book today as a RABCK from bluecat07 as she needs more space for her new baby. Thanks a lot!

This book will join my MTBR.

Journal Entry 7 by wingolagoriewing at Oberursel, Hessen Germany on Saturday, September 25, 2010

Banned in his native China, Yan's novel centers on a revolt among garlic farmers who are unable to sell their crop during a surfeit.

This short but epic novel of beauty and brutality, set in a landscape at once strange and alluring, paints a portrait of a people whose fierce passions break the rigid confines of their ancient traditions.

The farmers of Paradise County have been leading a hardscrabble life unchanged for generations. The Communist government has encouraged them to plant garlic, but selling the crop is not as simple as they believed. Warehouses fill up, taxes skyrocket, and government officials maltreat even those who have traveled for days to sell their harvest. A surplus on the garlic market ensues, and the farmers must watch in horror as their crops wither and rot in the fields. Families are destroyed by the random imprisonment of young and old for supposed crimes against the state. The prisoners languish in horrifying conditions in their cells, with only their strength of character and thoughts of their loved ones to save them from madness. Meanwhile, a blind minstrel incites the masses to take the law into their own hands, and a riot of apocalyptic proportions follows with savage and unforgettable consequences.

THE GARLIC BALLADS is a powerful vision of life under the heel of an inflexible and uncaring government. It is also a delicate story of love between man and woman, father and child, friend and friend — and the struggle to maintain that love despite overwhelming obstacles.

Source: Arcade Publishing Web site

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This is a really tragic book. I had to stop several times because it made me so sad / angry / just deeply terrified. It is touching and horrible at the same time. I am sure its content will haunt me for some time, but I will also remember the love stories and many many very well described details. I really SMELLED the garlic in its several conditions - sweet, spicy, fresh, smashed, rotten ...

The author is very talented, he leads the reader on and on and on - the narrative becomes faster and faster - like a train that you are riding on: you know for sure that it will soon crash, but you can't jump off.

Amazing. One of the best books I have read this year. I still feel like having read a large book, but it has only 286 pages.

So, this book will travel to the German UnConvention in Essen in October to start a new life as a Bookring.

Journal Entry 8 by wingolagoriewing at Oberursel, Hessen Germany on Friday, November 05, 2010

As a colleague of mine will travel to Israel next week and needs something to read during his holiday, this book will travel either to Nazareth, Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

Shalom, little book!

Released 6 yrs ago (11/16/2012 UTC) at ??? in do not know where, -- Wild Released somewhere in state -- Israel


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