Village of Stone - Xiaolu Guo Reviews
Description:ISBN 0099459078 / Author: Xiaolu Guo / Genre: Fiction / Coral and her frisbee-obsessed boyfriend, Red live on the ground floor of a ... more
Village of Stone - Xiaolu Guo ... cramped tower block in the megalopolis that is Beijing. The very epitome of disaffected, unfulfilled youth, their already fragile existence is shattered by the arrival of a mysterious fishy package - as the smells of the sea flood her home, Coral is transported back to a traumatic childhood dominated by solitude, fear and shame. Born on a boat during a storm, and orphaned soon after, Coral was raised by silent grandparents amongst the stern and superstitious fishermen of the remote Village of Stone. Shunned from birth as a bringer of ill fortune, and exposed to the malevolent, threatening forces of a closed-off-society. Coral immersed herself in the minutiae of the landscape around her. At fifteen, she escaped to the big city and shut the door on the darkness of her past. As the narrative darts between the manic sprawl of Beijing and the hypnotic rhymes of a tiny coastal village, our narrator struggles to navigate a path through painful and hidden memories of a time of shame, and a loss of innocence. But when an old, sick man appears on Coral's doorstep, the past and present shockingly converge, and she is forced to confront the secrets of her history in order to realise her dreams for the future. Beautifully poetic and lyrical, haunting yet infused with a quiet and gentle humour, Village of Stone is a startling and bewitching novel about memory, loss and the search for redemption, from one of contemporary China's freshes voices.
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by - written on 15/08/10, updated on 24/11/10 (Very useful, 143 readings)
"Village of Stone" is a very haunting, visual story, about a girl growing up in a rural village in China. It is well written and very descriptive, holding the reader's interest by exploring the people and culture of the village as well as the landscape. Coral begins her story as woman in Beijing and describes her current existence, living with her boyfriend, Red, on the ground floor of tower block in Beijing. Her job in a video shop feels pointless to her and her accommodation is claustrophobic and unnatural. When a huge surprise arrives in the mail for her, it reminds her of the "Village of Stone" where she grew up and her sad story about ... Read the complete review
by - written on 05/11/06 (Very useful, 156 readings)
I have strong connections with China, where I lived for many years, and have developed a love of Chinese literature. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to get hold of Chinese literature in the UK, mainly because of the difficulties of translating Chinese into good English. On the odd occasion that I do come across a translation in my local library, I snap it up, which is how I ended up with this book. I have not heard of the author before, although this book was apparently shortlisted for the 2005 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and therefore had no expectations. What I found was a very well-written and translated novel telling a powerful story about a subject that has . Read the complete review
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