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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (198 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alai Narrator: Ping Wu Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.