Home | About Us | Contact Us | Site Map | Chinese
News | Biz | Pearl River Delta | Enjoy Life | Culture | Travelling | Pics | Cities & Towns | Gov Info | Specials
Current Home > Culture/Life/Edu > Culture News
Yu Hua's 'Brothers': the good and the bad
Latest Updated by 2006-04-13 10:02:31
Related News
China issues 1st book on history of China-Portugal ties
Culture & Life
[People & Life][Expat] Chinese-Canadian slams foreign 'teachers'
[Culture News] Yu Hua's 'Brothers': the good and the bad
[Arts & Artists] [Shenzhen] Arts festival unveiled to mark ICIF
[Education] Microsoft supports rural education in China

LITERARY legend Yu Hua released the second half of "Brothers" in March, completing the only work of fiction he's written in a decade. The novel breaks from Yu's usual style and is well worth reading, although it may not be his best work.

The novel tells the story of a pair of stepbrothers in the midst of the social upheavals of the past four decades. The first half of the story takes place during the "Cultural Revolution," which, according to Yu, was characterized by "craze, oppression and tragedy." The second half occurs in the reform era, with "distorted morality, lust and fickleness."

"Brothers" is Yu's first try at a contemporary theme. It's also a break from his usual style of narrating through an individual, as he did in his most acclaimed works "To Live" and "Chronicle of a Blood Merchant." These novels rank as two of China's top 10 most influential books in the last decade.

The two-part "Brothers" shows the worlds of the newly rich, workers, jobless people and cheats, and their changing fates in two completely different eras.

Yu's mix of absurdity and tragedy is reminiscent of "To Live." And the author has said: "'Brothers' is my most satisfactory work."

However, some critics, in particular Xie Youshun, who is also a friend of Yu, faulted "Brothers" for exaggeration and poor plots. For example, Xie considered it impossible for a 15-year-old peeper to trade reports of women's buttocks for food, a key plot line in "Brothers." The teenage peeper even classifies the rear of a town beauty he spied on as "five-star," although the rating "five-star" was hardly known to Chinese at that time.

Despite what critics may say, the intense emotion hidden in the trademark plain style of writing in "Brothers" has triggered tears from many readers and created a major market success.

Last year, the first part was a best seller with 450,000 copies sold. For the second half, the publisher had to print 60,000 more copies two days after the first 300,000 copies entered bookstores March 20.

Editor: Wing

By: Source: Szdaily web edition
Previous:  NCM expands Mandarin training into Europe  Next:Water-splashing festival

Guangzhou collector buys ex-US president's limousine

Guangdong listed 78 Intangible Heritage

[Group Photo]Xiangjiang Safari Park

Las Vegas Sands Co. invests 2 bn USD in Hengqin Island

Maggie Q Learns mission impossible
This site contains material from other media for content enrichment purpose only.
The website do not endorse such content and do not bear the joint responsibility of their copyright infringement.
The views expressed in written material posted to the bulletin boards of are those of the authors and/or publishers. The website does not endorse information products posted by organizations and individuals here. The originators of these information products are solely responsible for their content.
For copyright infringement issues, you shall contact within thirty (30) days. Email:
If you find any error in this page, please drag your mouse to mark the text with error, then press "CTRL" and "ENTER", to inform us. Thanks for your help!
Home  |  About Us  |   Contact Us  |  Site Map  |  Chinese
©2005 WWW.NEWSGD.COM. All rights reserved.registered number 020074 Terms of Use | Advertise | ICP Certificate No.B2-20050252
Guangdong Gov Link
Guangdong Gov Brief
State Structure
Guangdong in Brief
Laws & Regulations
Exchange Rate
Guangdong Guide
Museum Museum
University University
Eat Eat
Shopping Duting
Night Life Night Life
Weather Weather
Phone No. Phone Num
Consulate Consulate
Airport Airport
Travel Tips Tours Tips