From Library Journal
Published in 1955 and 1967, respectively, Rice offers a glimpse of rural life in China during the early years of the People's Republic, while Rouge follows the life of a woman locked in a dismal marriage that ultimately drives her insane. Though set in China and featuring native characters, Chang's books nonetheless are for all readers.
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"Eileen Chang is a vital force, transforming the desolation of the everday into strong prose that, though stark, achieves the splendor, the permanence, of art. Splendour and desolation: the words are Chang's drawn from her work and descriptive of her experience. . . . A haunting tale. "The Rice Sprout Song reads less as an indictment of a specific regime than as a study of the effects of political power on ordinary people."--"Boston Book Review