Thursday, June 26, 2008

Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh by Mo Yan

I picked this up after I read a favorable review (which I only read because I liked the title) of his latest book, "Life and Death are Wearing Me Out." I couldn't get that one right away so this is an older book of his short stories, kind of hit and miss but I really liked the title story ("Shifu etc."), "Man and Beast," and "Abandoned Child." Here's a sample: "Just then, gusts of wind made the coarse sunflower leaves rustle coarsely as they brushed my head and face and, at the same time, rubbed against my pitted heart like sandpaper."

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