The Girl Who Played Go

The Girl Who Played Go

Book - 2003
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"In a remote Manchurian town in the 1930s, a sixteen-year-old girl is more concerned with intimations of her own womanhood than the escalating hostilities between her countrymen and their Japanese occupiers. While still a schoolgirl in braids, she takes her first lover, a dissident student. The more she understands of adult life, however, the more disdainful she is of its deceptions, and the more she loses herself in her one true passion: the ancient game of Go. Incredibly for a teenager, and a girl at that, she dominates the games in her town. No opponent interests her until she is challenged by a stranger, who reveals himself to us as a Japanese soldier in disguise. They begin a game and continue it for days, rarely speaking but deeply moved by each other's strategies. As the clash of their peoples becomes ever more desperate and inescapable, and as each one's untold life begins to veer wildly off course, the girl and the soldier are absorbed by only one thing -- the progress of their game, each move of which brings them closer to their shocking fate"--Front flap.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2003
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781400032280
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Hunter, Adriana


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Feb 23, 2018

This is a truly spellbinding and lyrical novel, with two perspectives: one from the main character, a gifted-Go playing young lady in Manchuria [living in the small city called Thousand Winds], and a Japanese soldier/officer, a member of the invading and occupying Japanese military.
In short vignette-like chapters, covers the history of the period as the novel's backdrop quite nicely.
[The author's name is a pseudonym; she is a well-known painter/writer in France, originally from China. I believe her name is Yan Ni.]


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