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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (379 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yu Hua Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From one of China’s most acclaimed writers, his first work of nonfiction to appear in English: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last several decades, told through personal stories and astute analysis that sharply illuminate the country’s meteoric economic and social transformation.

Framed by ten phrases common in the Chinese vernacular—“people,” “leader,” “reading,” “writing,“ “Lu Xun” (one of the most influential Chinese writers of the twentieth century), “disparity,” “revolution,” “grassroots,” “copycat,” and “bamboozle”—China in Ten Words reveals as never before the world’s most populous yet oft-misunderstood nation. In “Disparity,” for example, Yu Hua illustrates the mind-boggling economic gaps that separate citizens of the country. In “Copycat,” he depicts the escalating trend of piracy and imitation as a creative new form of revolutionary action. And in “Bamboozle,” he describes the increasingly brazen practices of trickery, fraud, and chicanery that are, he suggests, becoming a way of life at every level of society. 

Characterized by Yu Hua’s trademark wit, insight, and courage, China in Ten Words is a refreshingly candid vision of the “Chinese miracle” and all its consequences, from the singularly invaluable perspective of a writer living in China today.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer Wang | 2/5/2014

    " Yu Hua is one of my favorite contemporary Chinese authors. He is 6 yrs my parents' junior so his account of the Cultural revolution is a different version from the one I've been hearing all my life. Yu Hua suggests eerie parallels and comparisons of China - then and now. I could not put this books down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colin Anton | 2/3/2014

    " The storytelling teetered between anecdotal and historical at times, just enough to keep me interested and inquisitive but left me wanting more of both. A semi-satirical look at China and the man that became of age during its Cultural Revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brendan | 2/2/2014

    " Much of the book will be familiar to anyone who pays attention to China, but Yu Hua has a knack for choosing *just* the right anecdotes to illustrate his points -- and doing so with an economy and directness missing from his most recent novel, 'Brothers.' He's back on form here, and is very well served by Allan H. Barr's excellent translation. Anyone with an interest in contemporary China will want to read this -- and to recommend it to any friends or family members looking to get up to speed quickly and pleasurably. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathy | 1/31/2014

    " I read memoirs about growing up in China, often. This one is a non-linear narrative spanning the Cultural Revolution (1967--1977) and into modern-day China. Since I didn't know much about the Cultural Revolution (even though my parents lived through that decade too), I learned a lot. The stories were good too, poetic and funny. This book was very easy to read; I read the whole thing in 24 hours, in the middle of a school week! I wasn't very compelled by two of the later words, "copycat" and "bamboozle," though (they seemed very similar and maybe not that essential?). "

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