Most begin with excerpts from the year-end issue of the Red Dust Lane Blackboard Newsletter, a summary of the year's political changes, which read like a mini history lesson. Instead of a hero's welcome, she is greeted with suspicion. Because the shack was so small and always so packed full of adults, I spent most of my days at my grandmother's house outside playing with my cousin and the other neighborhood kids. The stories are each labeled with a year -- starting in 1949 and ending in 2005. His characters are everyday people trying to get along as best as they can.
They have a certain rhythm and repetition that grows on you, with a few repeated characters and, in at least two cases, a follow-up story set several decades after the original. A comedy turns into a tragedy, or vice versa, which changes the meaning of the earlier story. The stories in Years of Red Dust trace the changes in modern China over fifty years--from the early days of the Communist revolution in 1949 to the modernization movement of the late nineties--all from the perspective of one small street in Shanghai, Red Dust Lane. These vignettes show the residents trying to go about their lives while the government keeps changing the rules: one day they're expected to praise a neighbor, the next to denounce her; free enterprise is forbidden, then it's allowed, even encouraged, and once again everyone tries to adjust to the ongoing absurdity and arbitrariness of This is an interesting series of inter-related stories set in a neighborhood in Shanghai, starting with the Communist takeover in 1949 and up to a few years ago. For a glimpse of Chine and her people this collection of stories does not disappoint. Si tratta di episodi di vita quotidiana in cui la situazione politica e i suoi cambiamenti dal maoismo alla rivoluzione culturale all'apertura al capitalismo hanno un ruolo fondamentale nell'influenzare destini e fortune.
This short story cycle is set in what I believe is a fictional street, Red Dust Lane, in Shanghai. From the early optimism at the end of the Chinese Civil War, through the brutality and upheaval of the Cultural Revolution, to the death of Mao, the pro-democracy movement and the riots in Tiananmen Square--history, on both an epic and personal scale, unfolds through the bulletins posted and the lives lived in this one lane, this one corner of Shanghai. However, the slices of life that are the focus of these tales will be understandable to anyone, I would think. I picked this book for 'Q' in my 2017 alphabet reading challenge. Each story brings us in touch with the experiences of an individual or family trying to live their lives in the midst of it all. The short stories contained in Years of Red Dust span from the years before the Cultural Revolution to the years during modern China's economic reform.
The stories aren't necessarily all happy - modern Chinese history is decidedly unhappy - but they offer a humanising look at these moments, allowing the reader to better gauge the true impact of history on everyday life. Held together by the yearly party-line overview published in the fictional Red Dust Blackboard News, these short sketches tell the stories of various individual residents, crammed together in subdivided housing, as they cope with the wildly varying government policies extendin In a subtle, ironic and often humorous manner, Qiu Xiaolong traces the vagaries of life under the Chinese Communist regime through the eyes and life experiences of the various residents of humble Red Dust Lane in Shanghai. Food is a central motif. The point of the book is to reveal the joys and challenges mostly the challenges of living in Shanghai in this period. Some had humor, others had wit, but almost all of them have a certain sadness to them.
Years of Red Dust Author Language English Genre Published translation in 2008 English book in 2010 Pages 240 Years of Red Dust is a collection of by. Nothing is like that in real life. I enjoyed the book more than I expected but I also personally really like reading about Chinese place I liked how you saw the evolution of china and its politics through the lens Shanghai's Red Dust Lane community. Xiaolong's writing is transportive, and readers will feel as though they've traveled through China's history. Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai, China. Really interesting way to describe the magnitude of change that China has undergone in modern times - by fictionalizing the lives of residents of a single street over 60 years. I couldn't get deeply involved with the book, perhaps because of distractions and interruptions that affected my reading time, but I always appreciate a well written glimpse into a time and place about which I know little beyond what makes the headlines.
Published originally in the pages of Le Monde, this collection of linked short stories by Qiu Xiaolong has already been a major bestseller in France Cite de la Poussiere Rouge and Germany Das Tor zur Roten Gasse , where it and the author was the subject of a major television documentary. By themselves, none of the individual stories are outstanding. In our petty personal lives, not in a history text book. Can't remember the last time I was this happy for a book to be completed. Born and raised in Shanghai, where he was a renowned poet and translator, Qiu lives with his family in St.
This book will have a very familiar feel for a Ex-pat Chinese author Qiu Xiaolong takes a break from his Inspector Chen Cao mystery series to offer a set of linked shared character short stories set in an old Shanghai neighborhood named Red Dust. Only a few characters recur in the stories the lane is very crowded , so the tales mostly stand on their own; most of them beginning with a newsletter annual roundup of major events in China. Those days gave me very vivid memories of my childhood in Shanghai. The events of the stories span half a century but the main themes are the Cultural revolution and economic reforms that followed it and how they affected people's lives. He is also the author of two books of poetry translations, Treasury of Chinese Love Poems 2003 and Evoking T'ang 2007 , and his own poetry collection, Lines Around China 2003. I know that sadness comes as a reflection of the truth portrayed of this place, of this era, of this changing political climate from 1949 until 2005. Some of the stories have a complete arc, but many end unresolved.
Every story begins with a little of Chinese history and then proceeds from there. He captures the mood of this fascinating country through its most ordinary citizens. Because the stories were presented in order, it felt almost like watching a film on a linear timeline with these peoples' stories revealing snippets about the way of life during that specific year. I'm not usually like that, but there is a sadness to so many of these stories. One of her luggage items is a blackboard on which are written what our guy recognizes as the names of several popular operas.
The stories in Years of Red Dusttrace the changes in modern China over fifty years from the early days of the Communist revolution in 1949 to the modernization movement of the late nineties all from the perspective of one small street in Shanghai, Red Dust Lane. The most int So disappointing. Characters return throughout the overal In Years of Red Dust, Qiu Xiaolong follows the residents of the Red Dust Lane neighbourhood through the last 60 years of modern Chinese history, from the foundation of the People's Republic to the chaos of the Cultural Revolution and up until the Reform era under Deng Xiaoping. The narrator is a young child whose status is briefly elevated after receiving the gift of Big General, a superstar cricket. That said, many of the sto I chance upon this book while browsing in the library.