roddy Posted November 24, 2008 at 02:52 AM Report Share Posted November 24, 2008 at 02:52 AM Right, having almost finished rereading Wang Xiaobo's 黄金时代 (10 pages to go) I'm going to propose it as a possible Book of the Month for December for anyone who's interested. Reasons being: *It's not too long - the edition I have in front of me is 100 pages, and not very dense pages at that. *It's digestible - divided into 10 easy to consume chapters. *It's accessible - Wang Xiaobo's satire and black humour come across relatively easily to the foreign reader, I think it's fair to say. The language isn't too challenging - there's certainly some stuff that may require a dictionary or some thought, but Wang is writing from the point of view of a 21 year old looking after pigs and hiding in mountains - it's mostly simple narrative. *It's got lots of sex in. Sex sells. *It's available online. *It's important - Wang remains remarkably popular a decade after his death, and he described this as his 宠儿. If you're going to read Wang Xiaobo, you should read this. *There's English - although not available online, there is an English translation. I haven't heard good things about it, but if you want to read in parallel, it's there. There's a partial, but rough-looking, translation here - set encoding to GB2312. It doesn't go past Chapter 4 or 5. Having read it twice, including yesterday, I won't be rereading in December. However I will be participating in any discussion and helping out with any questions I can answer. Anyone interested? Try the first two sentences: 我二十一岁时，正在云南插队。陈清扬当时二十六岁，就在我插队的地方当医生。我在山下十四队，她在山上十五队。有一天她从山上下来，和我讨论她不是破鞋的问题。 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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