Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: I was dying to see Mother suffer at the sight of my corpse", announces the narrator of this powerful and disquieting novel, which has won acclaim in Canada and France. All her life, Yan-Zi's mother has dominated her, correcting her, urging her to adopt bourgeois mores, and reminding her that her very life is a debt owed to others. So Yan-Zi decides to commit suicide in order to shake off the yoke of her mother's love. In the moments after death, she recounts her last days with a cool, even cruel detachment that recalls Camus's The Stranger, In Ingratitude. Ying Chen unearths the violence buried within our family lives; strong, direct, and transparent, her writing identifies universal truths about the relationships between children and their parents. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: A spare and haunting novel by a leading Chinese emigre writer. For all her life, Yan-Zi's mother has dominated her, constantly reminding her that her very life is a debt owed to others. So Yan-Zi decides to commit suicide, and, in the moments after her death, recounts her last days with a cool, even cruel, detachment that recalls Camus's "The Stranger".
Rezension: Perhaps one has to come from an intensely traditional society such as the one Chinese author Ying Chen describes in her third novel, Ingratitude, in order to fully empathize with the protagonist's desire to commit suicide solely to condemn her mother to a life of suffering: "I was burning with the desire to see Mother suffer at the sight of my corpse. Suffer to the point of vomiting up her own blood. An inconsolable pain." What, one wonders, has the mother done to deserve such a fate? Her worst sin, it appears, is to never have smiled at her daughter. Yan-Zi, the narrator of this slim volume, speaks to us from beyond the grave. As she witnesses her own funeral preparations and the grief of her family and friends, she looks back over the 25 years that she lived. A critical mother, a distant, unloving father--admittedly, Yan-Zi's childhood was not an especially happy one, but Ying Chen's minimal prose and sparse characterization make it difficult to see just what it was that drove this young woman to such extremes of hatred and revenge she would throw herself under a truck just to get back at her mother.
If Yan-Zi's motives for taking such drastic action remain murky, Ying Chen evokes the particulars of her life with laserlike precision. There are the boyfriends, Hong-qi, Chun, and Bi, the bitter relationship between Yan-Zi's mother and her grandmother, and just a subtle hint of the changing political climate in China: "Your father was such an alert man," Yan-Zi's mother says, discussing the car accident that destroyed her husband's mind; "Who knows whether this accident wasn't an attempted murder! You have to keep your eye on these kids, they're crazy today...." It may be that, in China, Yan-Zi's act of self-annihilation would be viewed as the purest form of rebellion against the traditional expectations placed on women in that country; to a Western reader, however, her complaint that "because of Mother, my life would always be flawed" comes off as adolescent whining. Ingratitude is an apt title for this novel, and one that invites several different interpretations.
Buchbeschreibung Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. Buchzustand: Good. 1st American ed. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP88161415
Buchbeschreibung Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. Buchzustand: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2674475610
Buchbeschreibung Farrar Straus Giroux. Hardcover. Buchzustand: VERY GOOD. Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have light creases on the cover and binding. Some pages may contain writing and or highlighting. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2699177718
Buchbeschreibung Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: As New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: As New. First Edition. 0.8 x 8.4 x 5.7 Inches; 160 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1000051291
Buchbeschreibung Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. First Edition. First Edition. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Gently used with NO markings in text; binding is tight. Pasadena's finest independent new and used bookstore. Buchnummer des Verkäufers mon0000256688
Buchbeschreibung Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0374175543
Buchbeschreibung Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1998. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. First Edition. First Printing. INCLUDED IN THE PURCHASE PRICE IS A UNSIGNED UNCORRECTED PROOF. Translated From The French by Carol Volk. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 002536
Buchbeschreibung Farrar Straus Giroux. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. 0374175543 FSG hardcover with dust jacket, 1998, 1st American edition, unused, No marks/tears or other defects, Fine/Fine (like New); New mylar cover, bubble-wrapped and mailed in a BOX with free delivery confirmation. Buchnummer des Verkäufers F4428C
Buchbeschreibung Farrar, Straus, & Giroux New York, 1998. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Very good hardcover, very good dust jacket. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 005253
Buchbeschreibung Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A., 1998. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Fine. 1st US. Translated by Carol Volk. (1st US) Ex-library with minimal library markings: DJ glued inside covers, small sticker on first front end paper, library stamp along pages' top edge. DJ has appearance of airmail envelope with girl's faces as stamp on front, small b/w photo of author inside back flap, 154 pages. Very Fine DJ/Near Very Good book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 36565