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3.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 5 3.19 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alai Narrator: Ping Wu Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9781598871876
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Tibet, a tiny nation cloaked in mystery and clouded by myth, is the setting for this riveting family saga.

Alai introduces the powerful Maiqi family—its imperious patriarch, his Han Chinese wife, his first son and heir, and his second, so-called idiot son, the tale’s narrator and unlikely hero. Set largely in the 1930s, before the Chinese occupy Tibet, this prize-winning novel pits the Maiqis against a neighboring chieftain. When an emissary of the Chinese Nationalists offers aid in the form of modern warfare, the head of the Maiqi clan strikes a Faustian bargain: in return for this assistance, he agrees to plant red poppies, the source of heroin, instead of grain on the arid plains surrounding his stone fortress. As these vivid blossoms flourish, so do the enmity and risks faced by a privileged and seemingly invincible family.

Epic in its sweep and high drama, Alai’s novel suggests the work of Colombia’s Gabriel Garcia Marquez and William Faulkner’s revelatory fiction about the American South. Censored for several years because of its sensitive political content, Red Poppies was finally published in 1998 by a prestigious Chinese firm, and two years later won that nation’s top literary prize.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessie | 12/18/2013

    " this book took forever to read. at times i liked it, at times i was pretty bored. overall, i wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 12/13/2013

    " One of the best books I've read in a long time. Absolutely unforgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 annemm | 12/11/2013

    " A very different view of Tibet...not the monasteries and monks of the Land of Snows, but the political intrigues and feuds between Tibetan warlords, plus the nexus of opium and Chinese Communism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teji | 12/11/2013

    " Historical novel about feudal tibet in the early 20th century. The head of one of the leading clans agrees to plan poppies (for opium production)in exchange for guns to use against rival neighboring clans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 11/27/2013

    " Awkward translation, obscure subject matter, whiffs of magical realism, and plenty o' syphilis and opium. What's not to like? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominika Daniluk-Gluchy | 11/14/2013

    " Very atmospheric novel with great characters and panoramic settings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 11/7/2013

    " Took me a bit to get into this book, but I liked it once I did. It was originally written in Chinese and later translated to English which I think contributes a little to it being hard to get into, but you don't notice it as much after awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 patricia | 10/30/2013

    " A rather strange read but interesting enough to finish. Gleaned some history with some macabre humor. I would recommend it and be interested in other reviews. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/17/2013

    " This wonderful book pulls you into the world of mid twentith century Tibetan chieftons, highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liu Bin | 9/6/2013

    " Not really a novel of Tibet, but a novel of a very small part of Tibet... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 4/2/2013

    " This book began and ended very well, but the story came to a near stand-still throughout the middle majority of the book. It's an interesting and unique read, but doesn't provide a great history lesson. However, very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Wang | 1/25/2013

    " I actually read this book in Chinese. The story was very interesting and written in beautiful language. But, I don't know how much is lost in translation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathalie Khodr | 1/13/2013

    " Excellent historical novel about Tibet, in the early 20th century. I recommend this to anyone who has an interest in that region of the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Hill | 11/10/2012

    " A wonderful novel that compares favorably with Graves's I, Claudius. Alai takes you into the corrupt heart of early 20th Century Tibet with the surety of a master storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 10/12/2012

    " I listened to the abridged audiobook. The story is very interesting--it takes place as Tibet is taken over by China. The introduction of the opium poppy to the region is followed as it corrupts the people and land. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 9/8/2012

    " This was awful! I picked it up at the book store on the "Sale" rack. Mystery solved! Terrible, terrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 8/12/2012

    " Tasty. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tonya | 7/26/2012

    " I couldn't even finish it. The boy is self absorbed, and the family is abusive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 8/29/2011

    " Maybe this deserves 1.5 stars, but no more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yang Jiao | 5/21/2011

    " Amazing in Chinese. But I bet much has lost in translation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 3/7/2011

    " This book began and ended very well, but the story came to a near stand-still throughout the middle majority of the book. It's an interesting and unique read, but doesn't provide a great history lesson. However, very interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 5/7/2010

    " This was awful! I picked it up at the book store on the "Sale" rack. Mystery solved! Terrible, terrible.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/26/2010

    " Awkward translation, obscure subject matter, whiffs of magical realism, and plenty o' syphilis and opium. What's not to like? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 10/26/2009

    " One of the best books I've read in a long time. Absolutely unforgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathalie | 9/10/2009

    " Excellent historical novel about Tibet, in the early 20th century. I recommend this to anyone who has an interest in that region of the world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessie | 5/20/2009

    " this book took forever to read. at times i liked it, at times i was pretty bored. overall, i wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/20/2009

    " I listened to the abridged audiobook. The story is very interesting--it takes place as Tibet is taken over by China. The introduction of the opium poppy to the region is followed as it corrupts the people and land. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 annemm | 12/3/2008

    " A very different view of Tibet...not the monasteries and monks of the Land of Snows, but the political intrigues and feuds between Tibetan warlords, plus the nexus of opium and Chinese Communism. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tonya | 5/12/2008

    " I couldn't even finish it. The boy is self absorbed, and the family is abusive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/10/2008

    " Took me a bit to get into this book, but I liked it once I did. It was originally written in Chinese and later translated to English which I think contributes a little to it being hard to get into, but you don't notice it as much after awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teji | 4/13/2008

    " Historical novel about feudal tibet in the early 20th century. The head of one of the leading clans agrees to plan poppies (for opium production)in exchange for guns to use against rival neighboring clans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vika | 12/28/2007

    " really special one
    Tibet , China and more of all- one special boy who is telling his and his country story between 2 World wars
    couldnt stop till the end
    (i have it at Hebrew translation) "

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About the Author

Alai is an ethnic Tibetan who lives in Sichuan, China. He is the author of several short-story collections and the editor of China’s largest science-fiction journal, Science Fiction World.

About the Narrator

Ping Wu is an actor known for his roles in Pearl Harbor, The Hunt for Red October, Seinfeld, and I Love You, Man.