There's a pretty devastating critique of materialism here, set in an odd magical realism story about a guy who wakes up dead and slowly talks to people he used to know and remembers things about his life. So of the seven days, I enjoyed maybe the first one only. ", Ken Kalfus states in an article in The New York Times that the translation is "workmanlike" and that it is "too wordy to deliver its best potential laugh lines. I got this as an advanced reader's copy from the danish publisher, Klim. Yang Jinbiao raised him up alone and even rejected his girlfriend because of Yang Fei. Hua's book captures with his own examples exactly those realities. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Dark, Disturbing And Playful, 'Seventh Day' Takes On Modern China January 19, 2015 • In Yu Hua's new novel, a recently dead man decides to attend … Finally, she left and rushed to her funeral. . She stated that the "excellently" done translation of the original Chinese "poetic language" partially made up for the negatives in the book, and that it was "darkly funny" and "desperately dark" at the same time. by Pantheon. It's very readable, yet profound at the same time. Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2017. On the fourth day, Yang Fei met Mouse Girl. . It reminded me a little of the book The Lovely Bones and the play Our Town where the ghosts of the dead observe and comment on the living. I look forward to reading more by Yu Hua. Only my second book by the author, but what I notice is his wonderful way of weaving things together seamlessly. During the fifteen days undercover in the house, he recorded his conversations with the kidney-sellers and asking them why were they selling their kidneys. , "Book review: Yu Hua's The Seventh Day - grim satire on China's poor", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Seventh_Day_(novel)&oldid=977203935, Articles containing Chinese-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 7 September 2020, at 14:26. There were no sharp edges and everything was blurred to the point of perfect relaxation. Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2015.
Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Sometimes, I can think of the future and leave satisfied. Kirkus Reviews stated that it "falls short of being a fully realized novel" and that it is "episodic". The reason it’s worth 3-stars imo is that it doesn’t give me a satisfying feeling after finished it, like the author’s previous books (To Live and Brothers)has made me feel. I think I've just found a new favourite. I read "Brothers" and didn't care for it much; I read "China in Ten Words" and was very impressed. When he returned from his father's hometown, his nursing mother Li Yuezhen was dead. Kirkus Reviews stated that Yu Hua "is certainly commenting, often acerbically, on how life and death are valued in contemporary China". It can be a bit didactic and predictable at times, but worth your effort. I enjoyed his excellent book - China in Ten Words - and this is another gem. He remembered he was sitting in the Tan Jia Cai restaurant when he read the report of his ex-wife, Li Qing, cut her wrist suicide at home in the bathtub. The cast of characters is diverse and I found myself drawn in to many of their stories and plights. Rarely while I am reading a book do I pause and marvel at the quality of what is in front of me. Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. We’d love your help. The disenfranchised remained cursed to spend eternity in limbo, especially those with no family or money for even basic funeral services. The language is simple and clear, the descriptions breathtaking. ", David Der-wei Wang, Professor of Chinese Literature at Harvard University, suggested that Yu Hua used the narrative technique of "defamiliarization" to observe the living world through the eyes of the dead. This is the story of ordinary people and the life they eke out in China. The Seventh Day (Chinese: 第七天; pinyin: Dì qī tiān) is a 2013 novel by Yu Hua. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. So of the seven days, I enjoyed maybe the first one. As he drifts around the afterlife, he encounters people who look familiar but do not sound like those he knew in life, people now also dead. He wears a black armband: he mourns his own death as there is no-one else to do so. When Yang Jinbiao knew his disease could not stay for a long time, he left secretly. I can't say I felt that way when I finished The Seventh Day, but I loved it nonetheless. There was never the sense that life has any meaning whatsoever, and death is much worse than anything one may have suffered in life. On the first day, after Yang Fei died, he went to the funeral parlour to be cremated, but no urn was prepared for him and no cemetery, so he left the waiting hall and tried to recall the last scene before he died. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
As such, 10 years since Brothers was published, I had a certain expectation of Yu Hua's hyped-up new work. This book was just what I needed. The author gives you interesting characters and action that borders on magic realism. A reminiscing flashback plot, a wandering along the paths of memory. It's a fast read that's a succession of vignettes of the protagonists life - his weird birth, his childhood, finding his birth family, his ambitious wife, and so on. It has become such a trope that it's a literary rule: Never start your novel with a protagonist that discovers he's already dead. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.  In a part of the novel, a man disguised as a woman is caught working as a prostitute. “... because my memory had caught up with the world that had gone away.”, FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award Nominee for Fiction (2016), Boy in the Twilight: Stories of the Hidden China.
Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2015.
On the seventh day, Yang Fei finally meets his father at the funeral parlour. This is similar to an event that occurred in the Shandong Province, where 21 dead infants' remains was found in the Guangfu river in 2010. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Beautiful, lyrical, and dreamlike. A mixture of surreal fantasy and absurd real-life. The prostitutes were discovered to actually be middle-aged men dressed as women.. Mr. Yu never resorts to finger-wagging—the characters we meet are enough to portray a society on the verge of spiritual bankruptcy, a state riddled with corruption. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. It is an account as well of a state that to protect itself effectively "disappears" people to minimize disasters and to try to manage public reaction. Pantheon; First Printing Edition (January 13, 2015), Imaginative but not entirely understandable, Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2015. The plot was short and to the point. From there, it was filled with bureaucratic nonsense. The dead all seemed trapped in the afterlife, unable to rest because they didn't have the right credentials, clothing or burial plots and they spend a depressing amount of time trying to explain themselves to others. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Something went wrong. Yet Yu Hua does just that, and then proceeds to craft a deeply poetic story that illustrates the beauty of love and our relationships to each other. This novel was insightful, witty, funny and powerful. Please try again.
Side stories are one sided, full of cliches, and really shallow government criticism.
In Hua's book, these people pass into death but cannot be buried; as the unburied they inhabit their own - and better world - where compassion and empathy have space to exist. Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2015. In Yu Hua’s novel death is not an equalizer. This is a brilliant book that looks at alienation in contemporary China in a new way. Yang Fei kept looking for his father for a long time. Please try again. Then he met Li Yuezhen there, she told him the truth that his father is the receptionist at the funeral parlour, and his father actually went to the stone where he left Yang Fei once. What an unusual book. One day Yang Fei's biological mother found him and brought him to his original family. There is a real bond between the main character and his "father". Has anyone already said that Yu Hua is the Chinese Kafka? It'll be published in Denmark on the 1st of august this year. The wealthy and politically connected are treated better even in the afterlife, with elaborate funeral preparations and outrageously priced real estate (with panoramic views) for their final resting place.
She criticized how characters "Characters are often reduced to totems". Obviously it's quite imaginative following those characters who died into the "other" land. Learn more about the program.
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