[EPUB] ✓ 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth | BY ☆ Xiaolu Guo #2020


  • Title: 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth
  • Author: Xiaolu Guo
  • ISBN: 9780099512936
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback

  • 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth By Xiaolu Guo So I was the 6787th person in Beijing wanting to act in the film and TV industry There were 6786 young and beautiful, or ugly and old people before me trying to get a role I felt the competition, but compared with 1.6 billion people in China, 6786 was only the population of my village I felt an urge to conquer this new village Life as a film extra in Beijing might So I was the 6787th person in Beijing wanting to act in the film and TV industry There were 6786 young and beautiful, or ugly and old people before me trying to get a role I felt the competition, but compared with 1.6 billion people in China, 6786 was only the population of my village I felt an urge to conquer this new village Life as a film extra in Beijing might seem hard, but Fenfang the spirited heroine of Xiaolu Guo s new novel won t be defeated She has travelled 1800 miles to seek her fortune in the city, and has no desire to return to the never ending sweet potato fields back home Determined to live a modern life, Fenfang works as a cleaner in the Young Pioneer s movie theatre, falls in love with unsuitable men and keeps her kitchen cupboard stocked with UFO instant noodles As Fenfang might say, Heavenly Bastard in the Sky, isn t it about time I got my lucky break
    Xiaolu Guo
    Xiaolu Guo Simplified Chinese pinyin gu xi o l , born 1973 is a Chinese novelist and filmmaker She utilizes various media, including film and writing, to tell stories of alienation, introspection and tragedy, and to explore China s past, present and future in an increasingly connected world.Her novel A Concise Chinese English Dictionary For Lovers was nominated for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction She was also the 2005 Pearl Award UK winner for Creative Excellence.

    20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth By Xiaolu Guo

    Commentaires:

    Samadrita
    Sometimes I get this nagging suspicion that there s a greater conspiracy at work to make women writers all over the world feel unloved and unappreciated cough V.S Naipaul cough There s a deliberateness in the way most fiction authored by women is either labelled chick lit and dismissed right away without a second thought or made light of under various other excuses.Why else would this book have an average rating below 3.5 Let me offer you a word of advice Don t go by the beautiful cover, it is h [...]

    Hadrian
    Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth or The 37.2 degrees of Fen Fang in Chinese is the story of a young woman who moves from a potato farming village to Beijing She has dreams of artistic success, but is stuck in the mire of nameless minor roles She writes, and stands firm against the oppressive bulk of the city Fanfeng is a realistic and convincing character She is not overstylized or ideal, but has a sardonic and detached voice She appears cynical, almost used to the lack of food or cockroache [...]

    Cecily
    NARRATIVE STYLE AND STRUCTUREAs the title implies, this is a fragmentary account of youthful ambition, rather than a conventional novel It is deliberately raw and unpolished fast paced, often angry and slightly stilted Some of the fragment titles are amusingly banal, such as Fenfang sits on the edge of a swimming pool but doesn t get in , and in some ways that sums up the charm of this brief bookOTFenfang is a young Chinese woman who, around the turn of the millennium, leaves the claustrophobic [...]

    Sue
    This is a contemporary novel that begins at the turn of the new millennium as Fenfang who may be the author s alter ego of sorts decides she can no longer tolerate the quiet, the boredom, the fields, even her parents and has to leave the countryside for Beijing and her dreams of becoming a scriptwriter or actress Along with her we see the reality of Beijing under Communism, the crowds, the dirt, the pollution, the poverty, and the very limited expectations for all women.She tries different strat [...]

    MJ Nicholls
    A simple, lyrical, disheartening coming of age story from an eminent Chinese polymath The tone is largely bleak and hopeless, and captures the feeling young artists have of being stuck at the bottom looking at the top nothing but a pocketful of dreams against a world of indifference It certainly struck a chord.

    Brian
    Tomorrow, when clear of head and calmer of excitements I shall attempt some thoughts worthy of this book Wow.Thank you Samadrita for your inspiring review and recommendation of this book.

    Aubrey
    4.5 5Sadness was better than emptiness.I used to follow a polling blog up until the point that the hideous disconnect between it and my reality made its reoccurring engagement with Millennials impossible to deal with Why don t Millennials move as much as their predecessors Why do so many Millennials fail to move out Why is the life expectancy of Millennials breaking the progress of increasing Why why why Money, you shitsucking numbfucks, along with the aside of ever increasing fascism now that t [...]

    Jill
    In 2017, China became home to the most billionaires in the world, minting on average two new members to the billionaire club every week 17 years earlier, at the dawn of the new millennium, the number of Chinese billionaires hovered the single digits Therefore Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, set in Beijing around the year 2000, functions as a dual bildungsroman the coming of age of a girl living in a country that is coming of age too.Fenfang leaves a village that grows sweet potatoes for a [...]

    Margitte
    My youth began when I was twenty one At least, that s when I decided it began That was when I started to think that all those shiny things in life some of them might possibly be for me.If you think twenty one sounds a bit late for youth to start, just think about the average Chinese peasant, who leaps straight from childhood to middle age with nothing in between If I was going to miss out on anything, it was middle age Be young or die That was my plan Seventeen year old Fenfang Wang decides to l [...]

    Sookie
    The protagonist Fenfang arrives at Beijing in hopes of becoming a movie star just when Beijing itself is stepping into world arena, expanding its role in modernization China grows in the same rapid fashion as Fenfang lives moves displaying a modicum of modernization while parts of the city and country remains intact Fenfang points out her ravenous nature which is pretty much a representation of rural China in itself She is a refreshing protagonist who looks at numbers with hope where there is no [...]

    AC
    A lovely book I thoroughly enjoyed reading it including the acknowledgments Basically how does a peasant girl from rural China become a modernist in 20 snapshotsd in the blink of an eye.

    Gerund
    To be fair, the title doesn t deny it these vignettes are indeed shards random, unpolished, occasionally sharp, but mostly something to be swept up, trashed and then forgotten.After her accomplished English language debut A Concise Chinese English Dictionary For Lovers, this translation of filmmaker writer Xiaolu Guo s 1988 semi autobiographical book about a young village girl trying to make it in Beijing s film industry seems juvenile and self absorbed.Perhaps lost in translation are the argot [...]

    Nafiza
    Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth offers a glimpse into the life of a 20 something Chinese woman trying to survive in the city of Beijing This is a rather bare statement and does not do justice to what the book truly contains It s a peek into the psyche of someone who is just like you and me except she exists in a city, in a country that is alien to what people in North America are used Fenfang s voice is wry and cynical and her signature phrase also incidentally the one that attracted me to [...]

    Cheri
    It was fascinating to experience Beijing from the point of view of a young peasant who runs away to the city to make her own way The obstacles are many, especially for a woman, but not so different from what anyone anywhere might experience when trying to make it completely on her own The book keeps its promise to give us only fragments, and I enjoyed the jumping around in time, but there was a little too much disconnect with Fenfang herself I didn t quite understand her motivation or ability to [...]

    Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
    The reason I bought this book is for the cover and because it was so short as well, I wanted to read something a bit different than what I usually go for, and reading this book was very interesting while I was reading I was so shocked by a lot of things in the book like the traditions in the far east, the Chinese way of thinking, the poor circumstances of some people like the starving actress in this book But there is one thing I didn t like at all, how she the writer wrote about God, with no re [...]

    Hesper
    Slim and deceptively spare, impressionistic in approach Had this been written by a white dude it would immediately get labels like incisive, bleak, and bildungsroman, most likely combined into one obnoxious blurb written by, very probably, another white dude As it is, it gets a pretty but not particularly relevant cover, and undeserved obscurity It s the story of Fenfang, a village girl trying to make it as an artist in Beijing, and Xiaolu Guo is an excellent writer Her language is direct, unado [...]

    Nesa Sivagnanam
    This is a first book I m reading by this writer and I must say that I liked it very much I read it through in one sitting and the way the story is written pretty much demands that Fenfang is and has travelled one thousand eight hundred miles to seek her fortune in Beijing In the city she tries the persona of a movie extra She s tired of making tin cans, cleaning rooms and tidying movie theaters for a living She s hungry for love, to appease the loneliness in her stomach that even her favorite in [...]

    Jesse
    What at first seems a bit like hollow shards of reflection gain resonance as the pieces fall into place and some semblance of the self begin to be form Each chapter or fragment conveyed in shimmery, deceptively simple prose, serves as a brief reflection of what initially seems to be a trivial situation or occurrence, only revealing its emotional weight later It s as if the traces and residue of the off moments are the things that give shape to life itself, bringing to mind Joyce Carol Oates s mu [...]

    Karen
    This short novel tells the tale of Fenfang, a young Chinese woman who leaves her peasant village for Beijing in the hopes of changing her life In Beijing she becomes an actress, scoring such enviable roles as Woman Walking Over Bridge or Woman Pouring Tea, all non speaking, background parts No matter how she tries to become a major player both in film and in her own life greatness seems to evade Fenfang Barely scraping by, Fengang is ravenous for this meaningful life she so longs for but cannot [...]

    Laetitia
    Why isn t this novel popular Because it is Chinese That cannot be why, can it Also, why does it only have a GoodReads rating of 3.4 It should be than that because this is one of the best coming of age novels I have read in a while.China intrigues me and sadly I don t know that much about it so I decided to read Chinese literature Reading Xiaolu Guo s Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth was a great experience It is about a young Chinese woman called Fenfang, who decides to leave her life as a [...]

    Sonia Almeida Dias
    Loved this book Smart, well written, comes to show what we all know already, we are all so different but we are all the same I like reading books from cultures so different than mine, and this was an interesting portrait about coming of age on collective China, and trying to be an individual on a society where that is not allowed Growing up in a time and in a place where everything is changing fast, and where you cannot keep up with the pace of the world around you, can be difficult and interest [...]

    Sean Wilson
    Combines the raw nihilism of Less Than Zero and playful Asian innocence in an engaging novel of an aspiring actress and film lover struggling to make a living in Beijing It s a quick read, but don t let that put you off It s funny and brutal, with such a likeable main character and narrator.

    Bonnie
    I picked this book up because 1 I want to read novels about China 2 the cover is gorgeous It is, in fact, one of the prettiest covers I ve ever seen.If you re looking for a traditional novel, one with a linear plot and a conclusive ending, you re going to be disappointed This is literaly a collection of 20 fragments in the life of Fenfang as a teenager in her early 20s What happens afterwards We ll never know At first I was frustrated by the lack of an ending, but then I realized that it was ve [...]

    Evelyn Rose
    The line Have you feared the future would be nothing to you which Fengfang quotes from Whitman s House of Leaves is the most fitting question that surrounds our young narrator s journey from a forgotten sweet potato under the dark soil to an extra in the big city For Fengfang is in search of a meaningful life despite nothing remaining certain except the inevitability of a transient youth However, it is the pursuit that drives Fenfang forward, propelling her to forge her own identity from the sca [...]

    Minn
    When reading translated texts, I often feel that the original feeling and language isn t necessarily well represented by the finished product certainly the lyricism of the Chinese language is difficult to replicate in English and results in a very raw but awkward re telling, which I struggled through The fragmented story is possibly the least enjoyable aspect, as it rips the reader from memory to memory What I did enjoy was Fenfang s desperate life, her listlessness, the search for something be [...]

    Edward Rathke
    A quick novella that I read over about an eight hour period Began at 3am, fell asleep at 4am, woke at 10am and finished by 1130 The life of a young rural chinese woman in Beijing and the chaos that is her life She is in a search for the shiny things which is never defined but never misunderstood She s searching for what all young people want, for what all people want She works as a film extra to make money and writes scripts because her friends tell her to.The language is surprising at times, bu [...]

    Darnia
    Heavenly Bastard in The Sky, what a gem A wonderful read I ve got from this book I realized this kind of story won t be everybody s favorite, but in some ways, I feel related with Fenfang Well, I didn t have an obsession to became an artist or wrote some scripts, off course But I exactly feel the way to survive in the big city The tiredness, the lonelines, and to feel the joy when we had achieved something, to have a little hope which make us spent times in the unpredictable future in the big c [...]

    Kathryn Bashaar
    This is a coming of age novel by a Chinese writer, translated into English Fanfeng leaves her home village at 17, in the hope of a exciting life in Beijing Beijing is crowded, dirty and ugly, but Fanfeng does begin to find herself there She isn t particularly likable Like many young people, she is selfish, shallow, restless and easily bored She objects at one point that many people think she s cold and claims that she really isn t But as a matter of fact she is She doesn t make a single girlfri [...]

    Rafael Munia
    One of the best novels I read in a long time Few scholars have managed to engage with life in contemporary city life as this novel can The author manages to give us a great depiction of how it feels to be an outsider in your own country, all conveyed in a brilliantly worked mataphore of the main character as an movie extra, and how the feeling of being an extra in a movie made for someone else to shine and act on remains while living in the contemporary Beijing a city in which the countryside Ch [...]

    Celeste Ng
    The dust jacket of Xiaolu Guo s Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth depicts not one but three young Chinese women on the front, a doll eyed girl sips a pink milkshake through pursed, glossed lips on the spine, she leans against a subway pole with eyes closed, as if exhausted by the title that slices across her face and finally, on the luridly red tinted back, she crosses a darkened street, hurrying out of the photo head first You might read these women as Morning, Afternoon, and Night or as Inn [...]

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