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    Sometimes I get this nagging suspicion that there s a greater conspiracy at work to make women writers all over the world feel unloved and unappreciated cough V.S Naipaul cough There s a deliberateness in the way most fiction authored by women is either labelled chick lit and dismissed right away without a second thought or made light of under various other excuses.Why else would this book have an average rating below 3.5 Let me offer you a word of advice Don t go by the beautiful cover, it is highly misleading Neither is Xiaolu Guo s protagonist a thinly veiled version of herself half as slender or as pretty as the girl on it nor is this book about a girl navigating her way through the complicated labyrinth of dating and singles and finding her one true love who sees her inner beauty Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth brings into focus the position of women in a country rapidly elevating itself to a position of profound importance in the global arena but curiously enough, lacking conspicuously in the human rights department.It explores themes of isolation, urban boredom, the sheer tragedy of everyday life, personal freedom and the deep disconnect between an increasingly authoritative Communist regime and disillusioned citizens, in a quintessentially nonchalant manner.Xiaolu Guo s heroine Fenfang speaks in a slangy Chinese, swears often and has extremely messy living habits She is strangely apathetic to the happenings in her own life and has the rare ability of analyzing most aspects of it with a casualness that is as scary as it is unique.After having quit the disturbingly monotonous life in the countryside where her parents are but humble farmers with little variety in their daily routines, a starry eyed Fenfang comes to Beijing with dreams of becoming a film actress or a script writer But quickly she discovers, the city is not all that it is hyped up to be Directors aren t interested in casting her as the lead and producers won t even read stories written by a woman let alone accepting them as scripts for tv shows And the old fashioned folks of her neighborhood who take pride in sporting red Communist armbands to boot, are disapproving of the smartly dressed, independent, young female who has the audacity to bring a man home at night Refusing to lose heart, Fenfang starts working as extras on film and tv drama sets and slowly but surely begins carving out a niche for herself She makes peace with stalkers, violent, physically absent, insensitive boyfriends, the cockroaches in her apartment and even the police who arrest her just to deliver a lecture on ideal behavior expected of an unmarried woman and the unreasonableness of a woman being too individualistic But even in the midst of these bleakest of surroundings, she finds an answer to the eternally baffling question of what true freedom really means This book has tried to lay Beijing bare reveal the ugly facet of a city which still insists on practising blatant sexism and vigilantly guarding obsolete ideals in the 21st century, while maintaining the facade of rapid infrastructural development And it has helped me come to the realization that it is indeed possible to merge relevant sociopolitical issues seamlessly with an otherwise ordinary narrative of an ordinary girl.Neither has Xiaolu Guo tried to present this book as highbrow literature nor has she made the effort to write long, verbose sentences replete with symbolism or imagery Instead she has directed her energies at highlighting the predicament of the young, modern woman all over the world and especially in a country like China, where the so called weaker sex is still not in the driver s seat And for me, this is an achievement she deserves praise for A 3.5 stars rounded off to a willing, impressed 4 stars I ll definitely read her other works.


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    Narrative Style and StructureAs the title implies, this is a fragmentary account of youthful ambition, rather than a conventional novel It is deliberately raw and unpolished fast paced, often angry and slightly stilted Some of the fragment titles are amusingly banal, such as Fenfang sits on the edge of a swimming pool but doesn t get in , and in some ways that sums up the charm of this brief book.PlotFenfang is a young Chinese woman who, around the turn of the millennium, leaves the claustrophobic monotony of her family and village life to go to Beijing and get into the film industry Even once there, she is torn between the need to conform her Mao drawer and desire to rebel leaving home.Of course, city life isn t quite as glamorous as she hoped her boyfriend is awful and when she does get parts, they are as the most irrelevant extra Nevertheless, she is determined and persistent.Realistic or Not I was a little puzzled as to how her menial jobs enabled her to earn enough to live the life she describes and, despite the classes she took to better herself, was surprised that a self described uneducated peasant likened someone to a Greek god and was reading Kafka but I suppose that reflects my prejudices.It presents some interesting insights into Chinese life and culture though her description of Xian doesn t chime much with either of my visits There is the clich of the importance of not losing face, but in the context of an only child and her parents, it is poignant The importance of knowing someone s age is explained and the terror of a police raid, even in modern China is conveyed.Fictionalisation of Arrival in EnglandSee her previous book, A Concise Chinese English Dictionary for Lovers, which I reviewed HERE.


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    Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth or The 37.2 degrees of Fen Fang in Chinese is the story of a young woman who moves from a potato farming village to Beijing She has dreams of artistic success, but is stuck in the mire of nameless minor roles She writes, and stands firm against the oppressive bulk of the city Fanfeng is a realistic and convincing character She is not overstylized or ideal, but has a sardonic and detached voice She appears cynical, almost used to the lack of food or cockroaches in the bad apartments, but she is still resilient as she matures One of the benefits of a Chinese author rewriting their own story in English is that they avoid these long patronizing explanations of their own culture and treating it as the exotic Erguotou and longevity noodles are taken without a long stupid paragraph of their significance The city itself is different, but that is from their own perspective, of how much the city and country have changed in the past decades This is the reason behind the stacks of pirated DVDs, or the bizarre language courses This is life in the city of Beijing This is how it is done.


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    This is a contemporary novel that begins at the turn of the new millennium as Fenfang who may be the author s alter ego of sorts decides she can no longer tolerate the quiet, the boredom, the fields, even her parents and has to leave the countryside for Beijing and her dreams of becoming a scriptwriter or actress Along with her we see the reality of Beijing under Communism, the crowds, the dirt, the pollution, the poverty, and the very limited expectations for all women.She tries different strategies and repeatedly loses She has an American boyfriend and a Chinese boyfriend stalker She is reported to the police for her improper ways and is lectured as to the correct ways for a young woman to live None of these things seem to have a lasting impact Her emotions are curious at times she is full of sorrow, at times she is amazingly passive perhaps beaten down by the world around her Happiness is rare Xiaolu Guo allows Fenfang to provide a verbal picture of Beijing near the end of the book This was Beijing A city that never showed its gentle side You d die if you didn t fight with it, and there was no end to the fight Beijing was a city for Sisyphus you could push and push and push, but ultimately that stone was bound to roll back on you p 157 Not a welcoming place to a person of any age, much less a young person with dreams.Rating 3.5 Recommended for it s view of a different China, a modern state we don t always see Also a young person s view as Fenfang was only 17 as the stories begin.


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    A simple, lyrical, disheartening coming of age story from an eminent Chinese polymath The tone is largely bleak and hopeless, and captures the feeling young artists have of being stuck at the bottom looking at the top nothing but a pocketful of dreams against a world of indifference It certainly struck a chord.


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    Tomorrow, when clear of head and calmer of excitements I shall attempt some thoughts worthy of this book Wow.Thank you Samadrita for your inspiring review and recommendation of this book.


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    4.5 5 Sadness was better than emptiness. I used to follow a polling blog up until the point that the hideous disconnect between it and my reality made its reoccurring engagement with Millennials impossible to deal with Why don t Millennials move as much as their predecessors Why do so many Millennials fail to move out Why is the life expectancy of Millennials breaking the progress of increasing Why why why Money, you shitsucking numbfucks, along with the aside of ever increasing fascism now that the National Endowment for the Arts is facing extinction If you ve never near starved to death in your apartment due to a spike in your permanent despair over your life and its lack of steady job at 21 marriage at 23 house at 25 choices, congrats If you have and still persist in believing that this book is indeed, as the GR description says, comic , you ve ripped out your heart to appease another s head Only foreigners know about China s history, I thought. The great thing about the concepts of bildungsroman and k nstlerroman is that anything goes So you re in China instead of Europe Neo Euro, a rural traveler instead of a fortune squanderer, a woman instead of a man, Asian instead of white What follows will not be to the expectation of anyone who s been guaranteed any portion of the US dream of normalcy and all the dreams of exotification of lust that are consequent Instead, you get the said lust control instead of the lust, the pursued instead of the pursuer, the dead body in the ditch rather than the character development that is birthed from it, the written instead of the writer Spoilers would be tellinghow exactly this is all bleakly and tortuously subverted and bullheaded through, so I won t I also won t say that my eyes didn t glaze over at certain points when the references were unfamiliar and the Duras philism was a bit much, but who s to say that wasn t satire of the Genuine Passion Schtick corporations cultivate to hook in hundreds of talented yet underpaid underdogs With prose that s deadpan to the point of provoking older neurotypical types to call suicide watch, it s nearly impossible to tell Regardless, it s real to me right now than the litany of pull yourself up by your bootstrap indoctrination that will result in an extra 36k deaths a year, and that s from the repeal of Obamacare alone Patton, you Americans take watching films much too seriously It s like going to church for you For us, going to the cinema is just the same as going to the market to buy cabbages I didn t expect this to strike the chord that it did It s meandering, flat, one step forward two steps back, and ultimately far too close to the life I m currently running the fast as I can in in order to stay in the same place However, this made the moments of true emotion that much of a gutpunch, and there s little I m susceptible these days In any case, I recommend this to all my fellow grinders who have hit their mid twenties with nary a sign of life stability in sight It ll either give you hope or sink you deeper, so the risk is yours Heavenly Bastard in the Sky, I missed the sharp edges of my life.


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    In 2017, China became home to the most billionaires in the world, minting on average two new members to the billionaire club every week 17 years earlier, at the dawn of the new millennium, the number of Chinese billionaires hovered the single digits Therefore Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, set in Beijing around the year 2000, functions as a dual bildungsroman the coming of age of a girl living in a country that is coming of age too.Fenfang leaves a village that grows sweet potatoes for a city that sprouts movie stars Author Xiaolu Guo paints a vivid memento of a Beijing where entire neighborhoods are emptied of inhabitants overnight and occupied by towering cranes and blocks of scaffolding the next morning Fenfang learns a hard truth in the endless flux just because things are changing all around her doesn t mean that she will be changed too.The novel is Chinese literature for Westerners, offering a peephole into a strange country at an even stranger moment in world history Guo wields metaphors with expertise to build fantastic character portraits Fenfang, upon leaving her tiny village, avows to never again live like a sweet potato under the dark soil She constructs the novel in vignettes, the twenty fragments of the title, but it remains a cohesive whole Of particular interest to me was Guo s exploration of how to come of age as a woman without a man as a catalyst Due to the difficulty of doing so, Fenfang oscillates between confidence My youth began when I was twenty one At least, that s when I decided it began That was when I started to think that all those shiny things in life some of them might possibly be for me and doubt I had this great urge to cry, but I didn t want to cry alone For a really good cry, I needed a man s shoulder By the end of the twenty fragments, Fenfang s youth is definitively ended China, too, has entered a new age But in Guo s careful hands, the ending is not only abrupt and melancholy but also a hopeful start.


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    My youth began when I was twenty one At least, that s when I decided it began That was when I started to think that all those shiny things in life some of them might possibly be for me.If you think twenty one sounds a bit late for youth to start, just think about the average Chinese peasant, who leaps straight from childhood to middle age with nothing in between If I was going to miss out on anything, it was middle age Be young or die That was my plan Seventeen year old Fenfang Wang decides to leave her village where nobody talks and where life begins and ends like the sweet potatoes underground If the man coughs twice today and spit once, he will do it again the next day and the next day and the next day She wants to experience the booming city of Beijing, escape the peasant monotony of poverty and manual labor with no intellectual development ever happening She travels 1 800 miles to accomplish this dream where she soon finds different jobs, ending up working in the film industry as an extra, lives in different places and eventually learns that loneliness becomes a destination in a cruel world out there when a young girl wishes to be independent and not be dominated by a boyfriend and his family It is a coming of age novella of a young Chinese girl who experience the first harshness of the adult world she does not really understand yet, but is determined to get to know She becomes part of a fast changing China where Comrades still sleep on their jobs they re getting paid for, and still rampantly spy on neighbors, family and friends, while the private sector is rapidly changing China into a boom fest Even Ginger Hill village, her home turf becomes The Ginger Hill Township with new developments changing the rural landscape forever in her absence.My comments It is certainly not the best Chinese author I have read so far, but still a delightful read The innocence in her observations are interesting and appreciated Nothing escapes her and her mind is driving her emotions and fears like the crazy taxi driver who rushes her through dark city streets for late night meetings with obnoxious movie moguls The cities never sleep She is ambitious, intelligent, smart Beijing, a dynamic city, is introduced to the reader where Communism is present, but not the overwhelming focus The energy of the different cities she lives in becomes part of the reader s heartbeat the noise, the pollution, the smells, the food, the people, the seasons, everything Nothing is really heart stoppingly exciting though and I was confused with the time lapse between some of the fragments However, it is an eye catching coming of age novella I just wonder how she got into contact with her English editors and translators It is not a story The title says it all The fragments of her life, almost written in a diary style, follow each other chronologically and bind the experience together It ends almost on a cliffhanger and had me confused But it is still an eye opening read I enjoyed it.It was than that to me Thanks to Sue, it was a very special treat indeed


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    The protagonist Fenfang arrives at Beijing in hopes of becoming a movie star just when Beijing itself is stepping into world arena, expanding its role in modernization China grows in the same rapid fashion as Fenfang lives moves displaying a modicum of modernization while parts of the city and country remains intact Fenfang points out her ravenous nature which is pretty much a representation of rural China in itself She is a refreshing protagonist who looks at numbers with hope where there is none, gets through her life when people around her frowns at her choices and shapes up to be the person she thinks is the best This is my third book by Guo and like the previous two, this one too has a young woman at its center, alienation from family and home, quips about Chinese English dictionary, Hollywood reference, Chinese authoritative regime, absence of the word romance in Chinese, to name a few The recurring themes make the context familiar and easy to get lost in the life Guo creates for her protagonist Written mainly from Fenfang point of view, Guo gives glimpses of life in late 90s China when modernization jarred the traditional values so much so that a police officer casually remarks she had it coming What did you expect from an independent girl not verbatim Guo doesn t linger on these observations Fenfang understands and as does the reader There is quietness in this book, like you are peeking into the life of a person who is working as an extra in a popular drama There isn t ground breaking drama, there aren t heartbreaks that go on for days There is peaceful acceptance of decisions and moving on to the next thing And that s exactly what she does.


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芬芳的37.2度 summary pdf 芬芳的37.2度 , summary chapter 2 芬芳的37.2度 , sparknotes 芬芳的37.2度 , 芬芳的37.2度 8d27115 From The Author Of TheOrange Prize Finalist A Concise Chinese English Dictionary For Lovers Comes A Wholly Original And Thoroughly Captivating Coming Of Age Story That Follows A Bright, Impassioned Young Woman As She Rushes Headlong Into The Maelstrom Of A Rapidly Changing Beijing To Chase Her Dreams Twenty One Year Old Fenfang Wang Has Traveled One Thousand Eight Hundred Miles To Seek Her Fortune In Contemporary Urban Beijing, And Has No Desire To Return To The Drudgery Of The Sweet Potato Fields Back Home However, Fenfang Is Ill Prepared For What Greets Her A Communist Regime That Has Outworn Its Welcome, A City Under Rampant Destruction And Slap Dash Development, And A Sexist Attitude Seemingly In Keeping With Her Peasant Upbringing Than The Country S Progressive Capital Yet Fenfang Is Determined To Live A Modern Life With Courage And Purpose, She Forges Ahead, And Soon Lands A Job As A Film Extra While Playing Roles Like Woman Walking Over The Bridge And Waitress Wiping A Table Help Her Eke Out A Meager Living, Fenfang Comes Under The Spell Of Two Unsuitable Young Men, Keeps Her Cupboard Stocked With UFO Noodles, And After Mastering The Fever And Tumult Of The City, Ultimately Finds Her True Independence In The One Place She Never ExpectedAt Once Wry And Moving, Twenty Fragments Of A Ravenous Youth Gives Us A Clear Eyed Glimpse Into The Precarious And Fragile State Of China S New Identity And Asserts Xiaolu Guo As Her Generation S Voice Of Modern China

  • Hardcover
  • 172 pages
  • 芬芳的37.2度
  • Xiaolu Guo
  • English
  • 08 May 2019
  • 9780385525923

About the Author: Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo Simplified Chinese pinyin gu xi o l , born 1973 is a Chinese novelist and filmmaker She utilizes various media, including film and writing, to tell stories of alienation, introspection and tragedy, and to explore China s past, present and future in an increasingly connected world.Her novel A Concise Chinese English Dictionary For Lovers was nominated for the 2007 Orange Prize f