Big Breasts, Wide Hips

Mo Yan


Big Breasts, Wide Hips

Big Breasts, Wide Hips

  • Title: Big Breasts, Wide Hips
  • Author: Mo Yan
  • ISBN: 9780413771551
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Paperback



In a country where men dominate, this novel is first and foremost about women As the title implies, the female body serves as the book s most important image The protagonist, Mother, is born in 1900 Married at 17, she has nine children, only one of whom is a boy He is the narrator of the book.


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Is the uterus a prime property of the dowry that a bride brings into her marital life? Fertility being its most significant asset and a son the ultimate gift of that property. “Without a son, you’ll be no better than a slave as long as you live, but with one you’ll be a mistress.”The cry of a barren womb is more traumatizing than the agony of twisted bones that sacrifice their maturity for the birth of exquisite Lotus Feet. A society, where once, a woman without bound feet could not find [...]

Immediately after finishing Mo Yan's "Big Breasts and Wide Hips," I began Haruki Murakami's "IQ84." I am far from finished with the latter--don't expect a review of that any time soon--but I already am far enough along to have rekindled some of my old consternation with the Nobel Prize for Literature. Yes, Mo Yan is a talented, bold writer, but I do not believe he comes close to Murakami's creative genius. He has won, as is so often the case with the Nobel Prize, more because of politics than li [...]

Over the summer I read Red Sorgum and was intrigued by Mo Yan’s rather unique style. When I began reading Big Breasts and Wide Hips I had extremely high expectations. When you read reviews like this is Mo Yan’s play at the Nobel Prize in Literature you expect a lot. After the first 50 pages I thought I was going to be let down. It seemed very similar to Red Sorgum. Mo Yan seems to have an ability to make me cringe when describing human suffering. He paints such a vivid picture of violence th [...]

Gene bir Mo Yan klasiğiGene, Mo Yan zekası, esprisi. Severek okudum. Mo Yan, sadece bir edebiyat zevki sunmuyor, bir deneyim yaşatıyor bizlere. 1040 sayfa su gibi aktı ve açıkcası dura dura araya başka kitaplar soka soka okumama rağmen çabucak bitti. Kadın ve anne teması, ataerkil bir toplum için yaşayan bizlere inanılmaz göndermeler içinde yazılmış.Herkese iyi deneyimler!

It is cold, it is raining, you've just been raped, hit by your mother in law and are eating regurgitated beans stolen from your work unit, and your forty year old son (you had 8 daughters first) still wants to drink from your breast. Big Breasts and Wide Hips is a very long (650 pages in the Dutch translation), very dreary telling of the Shangguan family’s misfortunes. Mo is a master in describing horrors, and his descriptions often trigger strong impressions of stench and filth. The cast of d [...]

Yorum yapamacağım galiba. Dram seven biri 1040 sayfadan korkmasın, kesinlikle okusun derim. Uzunluğuna göre sıkılmadan okunabilen bir kitap, hatta o kadar çok şey oluyor ki ben bu kadar olay 1040 sayfaya nasıl sığdı hala çözemedim. Yok artık daha neler demekten, sıkılmaya fırsat kalmıyor yani.

Uzun ama okumaya degerdi

Pensieri contrastanti mi sorgono nel commentare questo libro. Da una parte c'è un senso di liberazione, dopo tre mesi di lettura non ne potevo più, finalmente è finito! Questo pensiero fa capire chiaramente che il libro non rientra tra i miei preferiti. Dall'altro lato posso dire che, a forza di passarci il tempo insieme, mi ero affezionata alla sua copertina, all'odore delle pagine. Ai personaggi, no, non ho potuto, Mo Yan non me l'ha permesso e credo che forse non l'abbia voluto. Non l'ha v [...]

I was surprised when Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, because I had never heard of him. I did a little research and discovered that he once said, "If you like, you can skip my other novels, but you must read Big Breasts and Wide Hips. In it I wrote about history, war, politics, hunger, religion, love, and sex." (Li-Chun Lin, "My Three American Books.") The name was intriguing too, so I tracked down a copy.I haven't read Steinbeck for years (I'll be getting back to him next year when I [...]

After 230-odd pages I've closed this book for good. Time to accept I will not ever have any sense of connection with any of these characters, no empathy, no compassion. Because not one of the characters in this book deserves it. Certainly not the narrator, who at 7 years old decides to commit suicide rather than be forceably weaned. Not one character demonstrates a shred of kindness, nobility, heroism, or other remarkable trait. And by "remarkable" I don't mean amazing, I mean worth remarking up [...]

I loved the homage to the female- mother, nurturer, life giver, sacrificial lamb. Yan is brilliant in his use of allegories in the tale of the Shangguan family (specifically Mother and Jintong) from a China (Motherland) violated by war, suffering famine, poverty and "imprisonment" behind the bamboo curtains of the Cultural Revolution, to her eventual Reform and Awakening.

Tolstoy aynı anda hem çok heyecan duyduğum, hem de duyduğum heyecanı kendi elleriyle öldüren bir yazar. Yaşadığı dönemde dahi gerici denebilecek fikirleri olan, Kroyçer Sonat gibi aptalca (tarif etmek için başka bir sözcük bulamıyorum) bir kitabı yazan bir yazarın normalde beni heyecanlandıramaması gerekirken, yine de tekrar kitaplarını elime almak için heveslenmemi sağlayan bir özelliği var: Hikâyeyi anlatmakla resmetmek arasındaki dengeyi en iyi anlayan yazarlarda [...]

Mo Yan, ülkemizde henüz yeterince tanınan bir yazar değil ancak şimdiden Çin'in gelmiş geçmiş en büyük yazarı ve uzakdoğu/asya edebiyatının da bir elin parmağını geçmeyen dev romancılarından biri.Öncelikle çeviri ve editörlük 1040 sayfalık bir Çince eser için oldukça özenli. Erdem Kurtuluş kitabın hakkını vermiş. Kitap, bir aile üzerinden Çin'in Kültür Devrimi'ni, bu devrimin halk üzerinde yarattığı irili ufaklı tahribatları uzun bir süreç içinde h [...]

Acabei, acabei este livro!!! OK, eu sei que este senhor ganhou um prémio Nobel, deve escrever muito e até põe virgulas e pontuação nos textos, mas confesso que foi uma leitura um bocadinho complicada. Os nomes era mais que muitos e todos parecidos (e estranhos para mim, claro), morreram todos e mais alguns de tal forma que às tantas já não sabia quem estava vivo ou nem por isso Mas li, li até ao fim arrastando-me um bocadinho mas lá fui lendo. Não fiquei com vontade de ler mais nada d [...]

Cuando engulles casi 850 páginas a través de las cuales has recorrido una novela repleta de reveses, de personajes punzantes y de episodios históricos reconocibles, entonces terminas por hacerle un hueco en tu corazón a esa obra. Grandes pechos… es un gran libro, uno que merece la pena leer, gusten o no las sagas familiares, atraiga o no el descubrimiento de las costumbres chinas a lo largo del siglo pasado.Hay que armarse de paciencia, por supuesto, para no desistir durante la lectura, qu [...]

Mo Yan edebi dili, hikayeciliği müthiş iyi bir yazar; kanımca hikaye anlatıcılığı alanında en iyilerden. Bazı yazarlar vardır- ki Mo Yan benim için onlardan biri, okuduğunuz her bir kitabında Stendhal Sendromu yaşarsınız. Tarihin içinden bir halkın yaşadığı acıları ve sevinçleri anlatırken kara mizahı çok iyi kullanıyor. Tıpkı cenaze evindeki gülüşmeler gibi hayatın coşkusu bi anda gözyaşlarının arasından ortaya fırlıyor. Mo Yan’ı Türkçeye kazand [...]

Let me first start by saying that anybody who writes off this book because "the names are confusing" is an idiot. Chinese surnames come first, get over it.Moving on It's rare that I find myself feeling so conflicted about a book. First of all: Big Breasts and Wide Hips is spectacular in a number of ways.As an account of China's Great Leap Forward, it's instructive and insightful. When studying the great events of history, your notion of the way things happened often conforms to the structure of [...]

If I was rating this book in a professional capacity I would probably give it 3 or 4 stars. Well-written and important themes and allegories parallel to the history of China (most of which I'm sure went over my head). Since this is and is for me, I rate this book 2 stars. I really don't like books that function purely to list the epic and horrible events in the characters lives, no matter how well-written it is. Just one bad thing after another, brought about by both circumstances and the char [...]

Có cảm giác Mạc Ngôn là một phiên bản ngược của Nguyễn Tuân. Nếu Đàn hương hình thấy lấp ló hình ảnh Chữ người tử tù thì Báu vật của đời là phiên bản ngược của Vang bóng một thời. Lưu ý là ngược nhé. Cái tên tác giả ứng với tác phẩm, ở Nguyễn Tuân là đề cao sự tuân thủ truyền thống cao đẹp còn Mạc Ngôn viết về những điều không được nói mà cần phải nói. Kill được [...]

There is something about Mo Yan's writing that makes you wide-eyed and then throws some grit into your open eyes. He takes Chinese history in the 20th century and weaves it into a tapestry of events in the life of its protagonist who unlike many protagonists is, by no means, a hero. He is a man crippled by his obsession with breasts. Mo Yan's book presents the reality created by the Chinese state in the 20th century in the starkest symbolic terms that make it seem so hollow and nonsensical. The [...]

La storia di un novello Peter Pan che, non solo non vuole crescere, ma che a stento riesce a nascere e a sopravvivere nell’ambiente distorto e difforme in cui si trova a venire al mondo. Interessante e originale disamina di una società che è stata, nel modo di svilupparsi, lontana anni luce dalla nostra e, in fondo, sempre succube di una qualche “divinità”, di qualsivoglia natura, da cui succhiare, volenti o nolenti, il latte per poter sopravvivere.Una storia che non genera, se non rara [...]

This did not live up to expectations.I usually enjoy historic books that follow an inductive narration. Learning from the small man is often the best way of learning. But after the first third, this book lost its plot. Huge list of characters is unnecessary if most of them think and act no differently from another. A historic setting is unnecessary if greater events only have superficial bearings on the lives of the characters.It is unfair to expect every such book to be as good as One Hundred Y [...]

I have read 35% of the book, and am debating whether to continue. I don't know if it because I am a Chinese American, but I guess I don't like reading about female Chinese characters, like the protagonist's "Grandmother", who are verbally/physically abusive to other women family members. It was hard for me to stomach the cruelty. I thought I would be interested in reading what it was like for another Chinese female, but it just wore on my nerves and brought up old hurts. (In many Chinese familie [...]

I am putting this book down for now. It is well written, ambitious & covers a period I would like to know more about-- But not enough to trudge through any more accounts of rape, starvation, suicide, and an obsession with breasts all narrated by an increasingly annoying spoiled boy. I would apparently benefit from more familiarity with Chinese names---(constant "waitwho is who again?"). And, the strength of the mother is a draw. And, the writing is deeply funny. AND, Nobel prize! But, hours [...]

Num estilo único e muito próprio, Mo Yan, vencedor do Prémio Nobel da Literatura de 2012, traz-nos uma magnífica epopeia que narra, de forma ímpar, a atribulada História da China através da história de vida de uma família, os Shangguan; atravessando a linha do tempo desde a queda da dinastia Qing, passando pela Segunda Guerra Sino-Japonesa, a guerra civil, a Revolução Cultural e consequente fome de 1958/1961. Claro que se adicionarmos a tudo isto o facto de que há ainda locais neste [...]

"Báu vật của đời" là tiểu thuyết đầu tiên của Mạc Ngôn (Mo Yan) mà mình đọc. Tự dưng mình muốn tự hỏi, hồi những năm 2001 mình đang làm gì ấy nhỉ? Tự hỏi là vì không hiểu mình đang làm gì thời đó mà không care lắm về trending Mạc Ngôn đang hừng hực trong giới đọc sách Việt Nam (và có khi là cả thế giới). Chắc là bận đi tán gái Với sinh viên thì chỉ có học hoặc tán gái. Chưa c [...]

Mo Yan once said about this book: "If you like, you can skip my other novels, but you must read Big Breasts & Wide Hips. In it I wrote about history, war, politics, hunger, religion, love, and sex." And I guaranty that you will find all these ingredients in it.Big Breasts & Wide Hips is an epic saga covering all of XXth century China through the story of the Shangguan family, and more specifically that of Jintong, the hero, or rather anti-hero of this novel. Anti-hero because Jintong, am [...]

Me ha parecido un buen libro, con el que no me he aburrido en ningún momento, que incluso me ha emocionado más de una vez y que, sin embargo, terminé de leerlo sin esas ganas de recomendarlo a todo el mundo que te entran cuando un libro te entusiasma. Leí en algún lugar que a Mo Yan le denominaban el Kafka chino. Desconozco en qué se basaron los que así le apodaron, pero no creo que sea por su estilo, al menos no por el estilo con el que escribió esta novela. Quizás se deba al tema de l [...]

Antes de empezar tengo que decir que Mo Yan es sin duda alguna un escritor con mucho talento. Que ha sido capaz de plasmar a través de las distintas generaciones de la familia Shangguan la historia de China. Todo esto con un estilo narrativo que le mereció el Premio Nobel.Si digo esto, ¿por qué le he puesto dos estrellas? Pues porque me ha confundido prácticamente a lo largo de las 800 páginas que tiene. Me confundieron los personajes con su manera de pensar y de actuar, llegando al punto [...]

Es de un escritor chino, sobre una familia china, en un muy tradicional pueblo chino aún así se siente muy familiar. Hay aspectos culturales, fuertes creencias religiosas, el trato hacia las mujeres y otros aspectos que se comparten. Me gusto mucho la narración, que entremezcla historia de la invasión japonesa a China, pero el narrador me pareció odioso y creo que de eso se trataba. Sí, te recuerda a Cien años de soledad, pero para mi gusto es mejor. Gaomi Noreste de parece a Macondo, a C [...]


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