Author: Xiaolu Guo
Translated By: Rebecca Morris (with revisions by Pamela Casey)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Publication Date (English Edition): 2008
Source: Book club (borrowed)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Translated Literature
20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth is a fantastic title for this novel. The book introduces us to Fenfang, a peasant who leaves the sweet potato fields of home to travel 1,800 miles to Beijing. It provides us with 20 snippets of her life as she battles to find her place in this modern city.
Each fragment is augmented by a picture of Chinese living that brilliantly illustrates what daily life is like in this culture and each fragment reveals an important moment in her young life. Even if these moments seem mundane you get a sense that everything that happens to us, whether big or small, helps define who we are.
It's a nice short read although because of this some may find it lacks a little in content but I found this a fascinating insight into the life of a young Chinese woman.
20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo
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