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Brothers: A Novel by [Hua, Yu]
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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Baldy Li, the hero of Yu's epic third novel, comes into the world on the same day his father slips to a disgraceful demise while ogling women in a public toilet. The incident is big news in tiny Liu Town, China, and leaves the family tainted with shame. Yet even as Baldy Li and his mother, Li Lan, cower under the taunts of their neighbors, things begin to change for the better. The tall, handsome Song Fanping falls in love with Li Lan and marries her. Li Lan gains new happiness and Baldy Li gains an older stepbrother, Song Gang. Together, the two boys weather the changes of the Cultural Revolution, reform and globalization, and Yu's unflinching narrative, by turns tragic and hilarious, shows ordinary lives being broken down and built up again. Whether Baldy Li is peddling scraps or using Sun Tzu's war tactics to court the village beauty, Hua weaves the common thread of humanity through all his actions and desires. By the last page, the novel has imparted a whole world of histories and personalities that are difficult to forget. (Jan.)
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From The New Yorker

Yu Hua�s impressive fifth novel, a family history documenting four decades of profound social and cultural transformation in China, begins on a toilet. In a sleepy rural outpost known as Liu Town, fourteen-year-old Baldy Li is caught peeping at women�s bottoms in a latrine. He becomes known as a compulsive public masturbator, and his obsession continues into adulthood: he ends up hosting a beauty pageant for virgins (all of whom rely on doctored hymens to gain entrance). The book has sold more than a million copies in China, despite its irreverent take on everything from the Cultural Revolution to the capitalist boom. A characterization of Baldy�s notoriety can also be applied to this relentlessly entertaining epic: �Though his reputation reeked, it reeked like an expensive dish of stinky tofu�which is to say, it might stink to high heaven, but damn, it sure tasted good.�
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  • File Size: 3801 KB
  • Print Length: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (January 27, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 27, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL4Y6
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,412 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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