Big Breasts, Wide Hips – Mo Yan

Big Breasts, Wide Hips is the second book I’ve read from Mo Yan after Red Sorghum. So now I think I will not be able to read Mo Yan for a long time. That is because after reading him, the other authors feel like they don’t know what the detail is. This huge book had a significant impact on me.

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Big Breasts, Wide Hips - Mo Yan

Mo Yan also said: “If you want, don’t read my other books, but you have to read Big Breasts, Wide Hips. In this book, I wrote about history, war, politics, hunger, religion, love and sex.” And he writes all about them through a family. After a while, I ate, drank and suffered with them. Occasionally I read some chapters from the book to people around me; they started looking at my face in surprise. After a while, they couldn’t follow or asked me to shut up. A lot of things are happening in a few pages in this book.

You will be frustrated a. And there will bend you’ll be happy. There will be times when you lose the thread and, go back a few pages. But you’ll never want this to finish.

If you’re going to read a book by this Nobel Prize-winning Chinese author, read this book. Mo Yan is a unique author, and he must be in your library with at least one of his book. Enjoy!

Big Breasts, Wide Hips - Mo Yan

Big Breasts, Wide Hips

An epic vision of China in the twentieth century by the author of Red Sorghum. On the eve of invasion by marauding Japanese troops, the Shangguan family eagerly prepare for two important arrivals: the birth of a foal to their donkey, and the birth of yet another girl to the young matriarch, in that order of priority.

Surrounded by a remorseless mother and seven sisters, each named in anticipation of his birth, the resulting boy-child becomes our ineffectual narrator, leading us through a generation of life in a rural Chinese community populated by strong women and weak husbands, bandits and government bureaucrats, hen-murdering mid-wives and philandering missionaries, in this epic Chinese picaresque from the acclaimed author of Red Sorghum.

Resplendent with the grotesque, bristling with grim humour, and visceral in its treatment of sex, violence and death, “Big Breasts & Wide Hips” is a searing vision of China in the twentieth century.

Mo Yan

Guan Moye, better known by the pen name Mo Yan, is a Chinese novelist and short story writer. Donald Morrison of U.S. news magazine TIME referred to him as “one of the most famous, oft-banned and so widely pirated of all Chinese writers”. And so Jim Leach called him the Chinese answer to Franz Kafka or Joseph Heller.

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