I don't usually mind if a book is sad or depressing, as long as it is well-written -- and this one is. But I did find it very gloomy, so beware if that kind of thing bothers you.
Salman Rushdie complimented the author on her story telling, but she lost me. As another commenter mentioned, the characters desire to forget and stop feeling anything could reflect the aftermath of Tiananmen Square. But I think it is the state of the whole Chinese culture after the effects of Mao's Cultural Revolution. They are deadened, afraid, and greedy for material wealth.
This novel tells the story of three people whose lives are overshadowed by the poisoning of a political activist and who seem only to want to forget. It serves as an allegory to the aftermath of Tiananmen Square and the subsequent forgetting of that political event in the turning to a more capitalist China. The descriptions of the lives of the two women in the US are too long and serve no purpose. Overall, disappointing.
January1545 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over
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