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UFO in Her Eyes - Xiaolu Guo

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Xiaolu Guo / Edition: First Edition / Hardcover / 200 Pages / Book is published 2009-02-05 by Chatto & Windus

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      26.06.2010 00:09
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      A young Chinese girl's experience has consequences far-reaching for her village!

      UFO In Her Eyes is a 2009 novel written by Chinese author, Xiaolu Guo that details one woman's experience with a supposed extra-terrestrial craft in her small peasant village and the ramifications this has on the local people. Told through a series of government reports and interviews, the book begins shortly after the incident occurs and carries on to a few years hence when life has changed beyond all belief and not necessarily for the better!

      This is a curious book and one I didn't entirely "get"! It strives to be faintly humorous but deals with a serious message, that of change and whether progress is always a good thing, and is a lot deeper than it appears initially on the surface. I was not sure exactly what the author was trying to say ort prove with this book, I understand it is different from a lot of other stuff she has written, and feels a bit like a space oddity. It is interesting to see how Chinese Officialdom has not changed much since Mao's rule and that secrecy and mistrust of foreigners is still at a premium, and some potentially interesting characters are briefly introduced, but the nature of this book means that none of these themes are ever satisfyingly explored. It is a short book that is over almost as soon as it has begun and though it has some darkly funny moments, ultimately I finished this and was kind of left feeling "Was that it?" and not in a good way.

      Sometimes it is good to leave your audience wanting more but here it was more a case of just wanting something more of substance! It is an intriguing read and one that will only take you a couple of days to get through but that depends on whether you want to waste a couple of days on a story that never really goes very far!

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