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The family

Author: Jin Ba; Sidney Shapiro
Publisher: Honolulu, Hawaii : University Press of the Pacific, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An essential work for anyone interested in the society and history of modern China! The first half of the twentieth century was a period of great turmoil in China. Family, one of the most popular Chinese novels of that time, vividly reflects that turmoil and serves as a basis for understanding what followed. Written in 1931, Family has been compared to Dream of the Red Chamber for its superb portrayal of the family  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jin Ba; Sidney Shapiro
ISBN: 0898752132 9780898752137
OCLC Number: 48247073
Notes: Translation of Chia.
The 1st vol. of the trilogy, Turbulent stream; the 2d vol. is Spring; the 3d, Autumn.
Novel.
Description: 284 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Other Titles: Chia.
Responsibility: by Pa Chin ; translated by Sidney Shapiro ; illustrations by Liu Tan-Chai.

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"An essential work for anyone interested in the society and history of modern China! The first half of the twentieth century was a period of great turmoil in China. Family, one of the most popular Chinese novels of that time, vividly reflects that turmoil and serves as a basis for understanding what followed. Written in 1931, Family has been compared to Dream of the Red Chamber for its superb portrayal of the family life and society of its time. Drawn largely from Pa Chin s own experience, Family is the story of the Kao family compound, consisting of four generations plus servants. It is essentially a picture of the conflict between old China and the new tide rising to destroy it, as manifested in the daily lives of the Kao family, and particularly the three young Kao brothers. Here we see situations that, unique as they are to the time and place of this novel, recall many circumstances of today's world: the conflict between generations and classes, ill-fated love affairs, students political activities, and the struggle for the liberation of women. The complex passions aroused in Family and in the reader are an indication of the universality of human experience. This novel illustrates the effectiveness of fiction as a vehicle for translating the experience of one culture to another very different one."--Publisher description.

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