The Matchmaker, the Apprentice, and the Football Fan: More Stories of China

The Matchmaker the Apprentice and the Football Fan More Stories of China The Matchmaker the Apprentice and the Football Fan moves between anarchic campuses maddening communist factories and the victims of China s economic miracle to showcase the absurdity injustice a

  • Title: The Matchmaker, the Apprentice, and the Football Fan: More Stories of China
  • Author: Zhu Wen Julia Lovell
  • ISBN: 9780231160902
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Matchmaker, the Apprentice, and the Football Fan: More Stories of China

    The Matchmaker, the Apprentice, and the Football Fan moves between anarchic campuses, maddening communist factories, and the victims of China s economic miracle to showcase the absurdity, injustice, and socialist Gothic of everyday Chinese life.In The Football Fan, readers fall in with an intriguingly unreliable narrator who may or may not have killed his elderly neighboThe Matchmaker, the Apprentice, and the Football Fan moves between anarchic campuses, maddening communist factories, and the victims of China s economic miracle to showcase the absurdity, injustice, and socialist Gothic of everyday Chinese life.In The Football Fan, readers fall in with an intriguingly unreliable narrator who may or may not have killed his elderly neighbor for a few hundred yuan The bemused antihero of Reeducation is appalled to discover that, ten years after graduating during the pro democracy protests of 1989, his alma mater has summoned him back for a punitive bout of political reeducation with a troublesome ex girlfriend Da Ma s Way of Talking is a fast, funny recollection of China s picaresque late 1980s, told through the life and times of one of our student narrator s controversial classmates while The Apprentice plunges us into the comic vexations of life in a or less planned economy, as an enthusiastic young graduate is over exercised by his table tennis fanatic bosses, deprived of sleep by gambling addicted colleagues, and stuffed with hard boiled eggs by an overzealous landlady Full of acute observations, political bite, and piercing insight into friendships and romance, these stories further establish Zhu Wen as a fearless commentator on human nature and contemporary China.

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    1. Bonnie

      I received this book in a Giveaway. My opinion may be for sale, but I promise not for the price of a book. I lived and worked in China on and off from the early 80's to the mid 90's, so stories about that time truly resonate with me. These stories(all but the first) are beautiful and true illustrations of a unique moment in history. It is hard to explain to people what it is like to be in a country whose people were blocked from outside information for 40 years (and were shunned, imprisoned, an [...]

    2. Roy Kesey

      Zhu Wen's first collection, I Love Dollars, was terrific, and this new one measures up beautifully--it's a powerful set of stories about people for whom things go sideways. The plots tend to be cool but spintered, sad and inconclusive in conclusive-feeling ways. Compared to ILD, modern Chinese history is more present here, and a few of the stories (esp. "Reeducation") edge more solidly into satire. The translation by Julia Lovell (who also did ILD) is very nicely handled. A few favored bits:The [...]

    3. Steven Buechler

      I received a copy of this book through a promotion on The complexities of China are hard for us to grasp in the West. Not only are the usual barriers of language, culture and distance, a problem for us who want to know about China but the whole complex bureaucracy governing the country is keen on keeping what life is like for the average citizen a secret. In Zhu Wen's The Matchmaker, The Apprentice, & The Football Fan we are given a glimpse of life in China for the past thirty years or so.Pa [...]

    4. Lynn

      Interesting from a perspective about learning Chinese thought and culture, these stories present people who have individual thoughts but are trapped inside a system which doesn't value individuals. People in these stories are all university graduates and men who are required to follow people in their graduating class, the factory workers and owners and keep their minds to themselves. One misstep can derail a life. The stories are detached and distant from other humans. Interesting but not engagi [...]

    5. Jane

      My thanks to Wen Zhu and First Reads Giveaway for my copy of The Matchmaker, the Apprentice, and the Football Fan: More Stories of China that I won in the Giveaway.The insightful look into aspects of life in China is told with humor without the loss of realism. Each story tells of a different aspect of life in China and its recent history to give the reader a great deal to think about.

    6. B. Cheng

      One of the stranger books I've read recently. It's a book of short stories with seemingly very little connection between them, most (many? all?) take part in the years just after 1989, which explains a bit the strange nature of things and the feeling that nobody is on solid ground, but then again, the events of '89 weren't as intensely felt (or even known) outside of Beijing and a few other cities. As a football fan, that part of the title was what led me to the book though there was little abou [...]

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