[Ebook] The Day the Sun Died By Yan Lianke – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Day the Sun Died The Reality Of Life In China Today Contrasts With The Sunny Optimism Of The Chinese Dream In This Gripping, Gruesome Dystopia From One Of The Masters Of Modern Chinese Literature Jung Chang One Dusk In Early June, In A Town Deep In The Balou Mountains, Fourteen Year Old Li Niannian Notices That Something Strange Is Going On As The Residents Would Usually Be Settling Down For The Night, Instead They Start Appearing In The Streets And Fields There Are People EverywhereLi Niannian Watches, Mystified But Then He Realises The People Are Dreamwalking, Carrying On With Their Daily Business As If The Sun Hadn T Already Gone Down And Before Too Long, As And People Succumb, In The Black Of Night All Hell Breaks LooseSet Over The Course Of One Night, The Day The Sun Died Pits Chaos And Darkness Against The Sunny Optimism Of The Chinese Dream Promoted By President Xi Jinping We Are Thrown Into The Middle Of An Increasingly Strange And Troubling Waking Nightmare As Li Niannian And His Father Struggle To Save The Town, And Persuade The Beneficent Sun To Rise AgainPraise For Yan Lianke S Books Nothing Short Of A Masterpiece Guardian A Hyper Real Tour De Force, A Blistering Condemnation Of Political Corruption And Excess Financial Times Mordant Satire From A Brave Fabulist Daily MailExuberant And Imaginative Sunday TimesI Can Think Of Few Better Novelists Than Yan, With His Superlative Gifts For Storytelling And Penetrating Eye For Truth New York Times Book Review Read for a book club assignment Almost every sentence in this book is expressed as a metaphor or simile Also, the narrator and characters repeat themselves as though the reader won t understand unless without reading something multiple times It s interesting at first, but soon grows tiring Perhaps this is a normal way of writing in Chinese, but I found it got in the way of the story.The story itself is an interesting way to present criticism of the government in a fictitious manner, which I Read for a book club assignment Almost every sentence in this book is expressed as a metaphor or simile Also, the narrator and characters repeat themselves as though the reader won t understand unless without reading something multiple times It s interesting at first, but soon grows tiring Perhaps this is a normal way of writing in Chinese, but I found it got in the way of the story.The story itself is an interesting way to present criticism of the government in a fictitious manner, which I assume helps the author avoid punishment The concept of people reverting to their base instincts while dream walking is compelling The author makes fun of his own books in multiple ways throughout Firstly, he make cameo appearances as a neighbor and uncle of the 14 year old narrator Also, this narrator reads, but doesn t much like, the authors books, saying things like, When I read his books, it is as though I were asking my eyes to eat rotten fruit and, Even if I felt that Uncle Yan did not write well, I would have no choice but to read his books, the same way that even if you don t like sweet potatoes, you still have no choice but to eat them if that is all you have And to top this off, he makes fun of his books by giving them fake names For example, the book Lenin s Kisses is referred to in the story as Kissing Lenin among other names.Again, much nuance might have been lost in the translation But I felt that overall the story was rather tedious and many of the characters responses to life and death rather dull and uninspired Fortunately, it s a much shorter novel than Atlas Shrugged In 2012, President Xi Jinping first talked about the Chinese Dream , a concept that aims to translate the American Dream into Chinese cultural concepts and, by that, is meant to capture a specifically Chinese version of the strife for success, prosperity and happiness Author Yan Lianke knows that the line between a dream and a nightmare can be a thin one, and that dreams might give free reign to our subconscious urges and fears The Day the Sun Died is his novel about the Chinese dream, and, In 2012, President Xi Jinping first talked about the Chinese Dream , a concept that aims to translate the American Dream into Chinese cultural concepts and, by that, is meant to capture a specifically Chinese version of the strife for success, prosperity and happiness Author Yan Lianke knows that the line between a dream and a nightmare can be a thin one, and that dreams might give free reign to our subconscious urges and fears The Day the Sun Died is his novel about the Chinese dream, and, as many of Yan Lianke s satirical and critical works, the book has not been published in Mainland China Our protagonist is 14 year old Li Niannian who lives in Gaotian Village which actually exists and whose parents own a shop that sells items for funeral rituals His uncle has become rich as the owner of the local crematorium the party has forbidden to bury the dead in order to save space, so all bodies must be cremated, and there is money to be earned by reporting those who try to bury their dead anyway In the story, the cremations produce corpse oil , which sells for high prices and can be used to keep machines running or to make fertilizer I guess we don t have to discuss Yan Lianke s attitude towards China s authoritarian regime The incident told in the book takes place during one single night during which all inhabitants of the village suddenly start sleepwalking, or dreamwalking , the word used in the text which better reflects the Chinese expression for the phenomenon As a consequence, the village drowns in chaos and violence, all kinds of secrets are revealed, and elements of Chinese history are played out in the context of this uprising The nation s past haunts the villagers, and their individual pasts and urges are exposed while even in the morning, the sun refuses to rise, until Li Niannian s father crafts a shocking plan to bring back the light What does the Chinese people really dream of, what nightmares haunt this nation Often, characters in the book are unsure whether they are awake or dreamwalking they do not know what is happening any, and the horror is often rooted in the injustice they have experienced like having the graves of their loved ones blown up with dynamite , their own wrongful deeds like ratting out their neighbours and the circumstances they are living in the oppression of the system First, I read this tale as purely metaphorical, until I found out that in 1956, Mao announced a proposal for cremation after death he himself was of course not cremated , and that there are really regions in China in which burials are illegal Still, the book operates with satire and critcism on many levels, and while it obviously talks about modern China, it also has a lot to say about human nature in general and contemplates how we treat each other under which circumstances Interestingly, the book also features a character named Yan Lianke who is an author his book titles are puns on the books written by the real Yan Lianke and who, just like everybody els, is sometimes awake, and sometimes dreamwalking The novel has a very specific tone and works with variations of sentence structures, repetition and the juxtaposition of darkness and light as well as heat and cold, which gives the text an unusual feel but maybe this is only the opinion of a European who doesn t know much about Chinese literature and poetic concepts A fascinating, impressive read, highly recommended Reading this novel is exactly like listening to someone tell you their dream, where it takes them about four hours to tell you the whole thing, and it is a well known fact that listening to someone tell you about their dream is never quite as interesting dreaming it yourself. Yan s latest novel to be translated into English is a poetic nightmare called The Day the Sun Died It s the creepiest book I ve read in years a social comedy that bleeds like a zombie apocalypse.The story takes place during a deadly summer night in a small village in central China Our narrator is a 14 year old boy named Li Niannian, whose parents own the New World funerary shop that sold everything dead people might need Li confesses that almost everyone refers to him as an idiot, but th Yan s latest novel to be translated into English is a poetic nightmare called The Day the Sun Died It s the creepiest book I ve read in years a social comedy that bleeds like a zombie apocalypse.The story takes place during a deadly summer night in a small village in central China Our narrator is a 14 year old boy named Li Niannian, whose parents own the New World funerary shop that sold everything dead people might need Li confesses that almost everyone refers to him as an idiot, but that s not fair He may be naive and guileless, but he s no idiot In fact, he s telling this story himself only because his neighbor, the novelist Yan Lianke, is worn out and hopeless Li tells us he s read all of Yan s books, but the experience is like asking my eyes to eat rotten fruit the first of many self deprecating jokes Until Yan can recover his inspiration, Li will have to fill in I have no choice, he tells us, but to recount everything in a halting, scattered way Hardly.What follows is an artfully organized, minute by minute description of the great somnambulism, a horrific night of sleepwalking that blotted out the sky and blanketed the earth, leaving everything in a state of chaos As soon as dusk fades into darkness, the half conscious inhabitants of Li s village rise again and lumber back to their regular work Everyone appeared to be very busy, Li says Very, very busy With her eyes closed, Li s mother madly cuts paper wreaths for the dead Li s uncle frantically threshes wheat in his sleep while chanting A man can t let his wife and children go hungry A man can t let his wife and children go hungry To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https www.washingtonpost.com entert

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