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Mi [米] pdf Mi [米], ebook Mi [米], epub Mi [米], doc Mi [米], e-pub Mi [米], Mi [米] a184de6c486 Set In Famine Stricken S China, Rice Chronicles The Complete Debasement Of A City Family After It Takes In A Young Man Named Five Dragons, A Starving Wanderer From The Provinces Whose Desire For Power And Sex Is Insatiable In This Mesmerizing Novel, Su Tong, China S Most Provocative Young Writer, Explores The Connections Between Hunger, Sexuality, And Brutality Rice Is Used As Food And Currency, As An Aphrodisiac And An Implement Of Sexual Torture, As A Weapon For Murder And A Symbol Of Everything Good Lush And Sensual, Combining A Strange Comedy With A Dark Undercurrent Of Violence, And Written In Hypnotically Beautiful Prose, Rice Is A Novel Of Startling Richness And Furious Creative Energy

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  1. says:

    The vacant page mutely gazing at me retells the current state of my mind The sporadic cursor alternating the iridescent flashes of the gold teeth neatly aligned within Five Dragons proud mouth appears to be the solitary outlet alleviating the burden of my disorderly inferences about life, thriving within and around the Great Swan Rice Emporium Startlingly, a habit I had once nurtured from my father found an uncanny presence among the pages of this manuscript, amid the raw rice kernels Five Dragons simultaneously popped in his mouth The subtle aroma of freshly harvested rice maturing in several gunny bags, the blissful fragrant steam swirling from a humble bowl of boiled rice and the complacent hunger swaying to the tunes of mouthfuls of food stumble upon a significant bridge amalgamating personal nuances with those procured through fictitious consciousness yielding the magnitude of a modest food grain and its devastating persuasion Su Tong s artful phraseology dissolves along the sunlit streets of the Brick Mason Avenue casting forlorn memories of the quaint Maple Poplar Village submerged in the nauseating innards of one entity, one defining personage, who compels to ponder on the humanistic possibilities and probabilities of redemption and retribution in the acrimony of deformed reality Travellers from home are like stray dogs they sleep when they re tired, wherever they are and their expressions lethargic and groggy at times ferocious at others are doglike than human This is the city chaotic and filled with weird things that draw people like flies, to lay their maggoty eggs and move on Everyone damns the city, but sooner or later they come anyhow An overpowering introspection of the 1930s China a land plagued with war, floods, famine and rebellion, plunged deeper into the darkest extremities of survival and life influenced by the delicate perception of an agricultural country and vulnerability of its populace The rural territories ravaged by calamities, liable for hordes of homeless migrants swarming in the city , brings along an orphan from the Maple Poplar Village on a strange journey where the long road ahead tempts with an endless supply of rice but is clueless of the destination where life and death meet Five Dragons impression of the city evaluates the universal irony of two contradictory worlds triumphant in their own intrinsic virtuosity The exodus depicts imaginative haven the rural folks concoct eventually surrendering to their temptations of fostered dreams of fame and wealth Su Tong paints the harsh reality of the impervious glamorous city dwellings prioritizing the success rate of survival above all humanity , exemplifying an ugly truth of a dog eats dog world brimming with black marketers, warlords, egocentrism, exploitation, murders, mutilations, torment and vengeance The probability of a jade bracelet having a place in the family registry surpassed the accessibility of an ounce of love The term a great coffin synonymous to the city elevates the significance of rice through the degree of relationships between the country bumpkins and the city slickers, spiralling downwards onto a dais of corruption and consciousness Want to know how I managed to become what I am today By nurturing that hatred It s the prize of human capital You can forget your mother and father, but you must never relinquish your hatred Are people condemned to live in isolation Is a man born with the simmering emotion of hatred Or, is it then ,the seeds of hatred are sown in the muddy waters of human manipulation, nurtured through season of egotism, infidelity, lowliness to the culmination of a vicious harvest of vengeance Su Tong s overwhelming portrayal of the sinister human nature entwines the cynicism of contemptuous standard of living and the sanguinity of a dream yet to be pursued, the rhythmic clatter of the railroad haunting the passage to time dilapidating flanked by delusion and veracity Alongside the dream of improving his life, Five Dragons nurtured the bitter seeds of hatred, its shadows falling on the Feng family, its core of darkness thriving among seething anger and humiliation The word pity comes to my mind when the inherent images of the fated Feng family simultaneously click in the corner of my eye The ugly side of the human nature corrode the benign innards through ceaseless suffocation and starvation to attain a sense of belonging and empathy It is here that one stops reading the scripted prose and wonder whether life is simply a joke clowning its way through the living The yearly rice harvest being at the mercy of the whims and fancy of the nature the imminent harvest callously being washed away by the sudden torrential rainfall The puny shoots of peace withered into an impartial pairing of fortune and misfortune and the disgrace of feeling less than a human solidifying its monster approximating indestructible steel pounded through the furnace fires nurturing the sensation of hatred as an eternal tool in Wu Long s troubled heart Rice enveloping feminine flesh or feminine flesh wrapped around rice always drove him into a state of uncontrollable sexual desire Su Tong s vivid portrayal of a culture deeply rooted in its agricultural land symbolizes the annual survival of rice grains to the value of life and the heritage of a prevailing race The cultivation of rice interprets the social, economical and political panorama of a country and the complexities of its populace Rice signifies the defining standard, the deciding scale upon which the stages of life and nature are carefully calculated a method particularly central to the existence of Five dragons The over implications of the act of illicit sex connote one of the imperative module in deciphering the state of sexual desire and the subsequent paradoxical measure to the purity of rice grains The ruthless delineation of the abusive cycle of sex and violence in a misogynistic patriarchy traces its origins in the twisted psychological sentimentalities and habitual sadomasochism Rice and sex are the two self destructive forms of power and control seducing Five Dragons deepest sexual urges and sadistic fetishes The expression of rice being dependable and pragmatic than a woman congeals an irrational notion within Five Dragons of rice being much cleaner than the woman being fucked or the act of sex The tussle between the controlling calm over the presence of the rice and the chauvinistic power over the feminine flesh or to be precise the domination over a vagina, indicates a repulsive human personage crammed between the predatory yearnings and corrupted reality the mislaid human spirit clutching on to the wispy threads of love for a third lifeless entity The widespread misogynistic attitude of strictly adhered in the sexual discrepancies and the obnoxious treatment meted out to the woman of the Feng family The abusive state finding a justification in Cloud Weave s heartening proclamation The world is really strange Men can play around all they want, but women aren t supposed to return the favour.Well, this is one woman who s going to play by her own rules Su Tong s female protagonists steadily become a sensitive pictogram of patriarchal victimizations, powerless and pedestrian, their sexuality the solitary source of their emancipation however insignificant the exercise of free will may have been Rice, the life sustaining crop, the first solid food fed to a child, the first auspicious offering made to honour the dead, the sovereign symbol of prosperity and fertility disintegrates in the deficient social order appropriating an antonym to life Rice defining all becomes its own contradiction To him nothing was important than life itself, unless it was improving the quality of life What makes us human What makes us subhuman Are these two terminologies correlated with the disquieting response favouring the tipping dimensions of absurdity The poignant reminder, a single tear shed in search for familiar faces in the crowd demarcating the parallel worlds of false and real The desire to live for the accomplishment of a dream and the desperation to survive out of the fear of death what can be labelled as a bona fide life The existence that thrive in covetousness and wealth yet beckoning the fall of humankind or the life dishonoured in the dregs of poverty and subhuman conduct inching to a similar deteriorating of humankind And then what should be termed as a false life The new set of gold teeth becomes the speech of a voiceless man, the trust for a humane recognition The pomposity of materialistic power metamorphosed the false into real and vice versa The actual calcified teeth, an altruistic gift from the parents disposed for being speechless, the mortification disseminating into the haughtiness of a golden lust.The conflict between man and society unearthing the evil human nature festers in an endless contempt harboured by the various penned characters of this book In the brutal struggle to improve the quality of life, each surviving person evokes an animalistic side, fiercely battling to seek an ounce of happiness and unchallenging acceptance Does then, the prejudicial communal outlook renders oneself to be hateful Or merely in a distorted reality the fight for survival is marred with merciless policy It was, after all, rice, and rice alone, that had a calming, cooling effect on him all his life it had comforted him The simple rice grain strenuously toiling in a steaming pot, rinsing all the impurities to produce one perfect bowl of steamed rice, is an animated testament of the blood, tears and sweat shed by the farmers to produce one glorious harvest, that develop into a life source for millions of hungry stomachs In the vicious battle of survival, the world of rice provides the ultimate comfort to Five Dragons, his true sense of belonging, redefining the perversion of enduring extremities A boxful of finest white rice becomes his sole salvation linking the calamitous nature to the complexities of man Besides a handful of white grains, there may be no redemption, may be a delayed retribution and certainly no love, yet there is a chance of fortitude through every mound of rice glistening from the gunny bags, rice, a symbol of survival And, each day at supper it finds a well merited place on my dining table.

  2. says:

    One of my favorite books It isnt pretty or romantic, and there is absolutely nothing redeeming about any of the characters which is what makes it so fantastic You follow the lead characters story all the way through because you expect redemption You know he starts in tragedy, so you follow him as he becomes vile and you wait the entire book for that moment where he rewards you for paying attention But he never does It makes me think about how we are sometimes willing to forgive people anything if they can make us pity them enough yet we vilify strangers so easily without asking any questions.

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    I thought I had read one of the gruesome tales of Chinese history in fiction Apparently after reading this book, dammit, it s another dark history of China, in one harsh plain and honestly way of telling.It was set in the beginning of the 20th century and end when the Japanese raid most of the city in China The story started from the flood that ruin the Mapple Poplar Village, of Five Dragons native village He went to the city and start the journey of violence full of thirst on power and sex There a family who own a rice store The Rice Emporium took after him, and eventually made him part of the family He was married to Cloud Weave, which already swelling and pregnant from either the two important man she had slept with One is the city most violent gangster and one is the boss Cloud Weave left him after she got birth and become the fourth concubine of the mob master Five Dragons continue his life in the Rice Emporium, surviving and end up marrying Cloud Silk, the younger sister of his ex wife.The continuation of the family history was full of violence after another Most of the characters are either plain brutal, cruel, and full of bitchiness And rice always had something to do with them On everything From an obsession, food, trade, until part of some sex craze.Ah, yes, after reading this book you ll never see and taste rice as the same thing ever again.I wonder how Su Tong can make everything so real, plain and ordinary but in the same time logically sick and crazy Such a wonderful brutal tale.

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    Five Dragons leaves his rural hometown after a catastrophic flood and takes his chances of fortune and a better life in the city.With that out of the way I thought this book was bad It started off normally, then people began talking but there were no quotation marks This was slightly distracting and I eventually got used to this but by then it had developed into something really graphic I have no problem with unapologetic and brutally honest stories, but this moody atmosphere laboured on and on and it got really tedious New characters would be introduced and they would spew hate back and forth at each other, always trying to get the last word Then they would disappear or get killed off There must have been some kind of depressant in that city s rice as nobody really cared about anyone And Five Dragons demeanour seemed to switch from lowly country boy to complete bastard almost out of nowhere And by the end when he plays his I m a victim of my own misfortune and I m scared of death but I still hate everyone card I just didn t care any I was just happy to have finally finished reading it.This book was translated from the original Chinese book, so I don t know, maybe there was something that was lost in translation like quotation marks Recommended if you like reading about life with people who hate everything and everyone.

  5. says:

    O lectura captivanta si halucinanta O c l torie in lumea umbrelor umane du m niei, decadentei, invidiei, urii, r zbun rii si vanit ii, l comiei O lume in care nu exista conceptul de iertare, pace si dragoste O metaformofoza a min ii, a sufletului eroului principal.Su Tang a reu it cu o precizie aproape inginereasca, sa creioneze un personaj de o complexitate emo ional nemaipomenita, ntr un decor simplu Acesta a g sit Combina ia perfecta intre nuan ele cele mai nchise ale paletei emo ionale , suspans si realitate, thriller si istorie, naivitate si mister, zbucium si obsesie, mila si dispre , solidaritate si nedreptate.

  6. says:

    An incredibly powerful book that will make you feel uncomfortable and disturbed Brimming with anger against the rich, the story of a family s rise and fall will leave a big impression on you I highly recommend it its gripping stuff and well written.

  7. says:

    A hard and long winded story of decay full of pus, sadism, violence and wounds Well written, well translated too, but still I was happy when it was over Had a shower.

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    Truly unsettling in most part of the story, but I cannot imagine how the prose can be so beautifully written despite the ugly, dark reality This book reflects human nature, greed, lust, perversion and ultimately, vulnerability I ve never read a book that successfully depicts all kinds of human nature that can ignite my frustration in the characters And this, is an exception Would have wanted to read the original Chinese version to fully comprehend the author s expression of the story, but I thought the translator, Howard Goldblatt did a great job for making this a great read although it s been a roller coaster ride for me had to stop reading half way for a bit and went back to continuing it again because I had to digest some obnoxious scenes, ugh But, excellent work p.s it has conversations without quotation marks, so it might be a little confusing to whom is speaking that dialogue, but it s easy to get used to as you keep reading.

  9. says:

    Set in a time of famine, this story had the potential to provide a thoughtful look into early 20th century China after the Japanese raid Instead, the incoherent thought stream and little actual description of the world outside the main character s mind created a story that read like the inner consciousness of a deranged psychopath Every single character was cruel and despicable and lacked any redeeming quality I was properly horrified but not in a good way The beginning was promising, as the moody atmosphere provided a good backdrop Since this book is translated from its original Chinese, one can only hope that most of the novel was lost in translation.

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    In this translated version of Rice, everyone is catty, callous, cruel and calculative They lie, scheme and argue through life, without any seeming redeeming qualities Why does so and so do this or that No rhyme or reason it would seem, except maybe that the world they inhabit runs by these rules Certainly puts the saying dog eat dog world to shame In fact, so arbitrarily do the people in Rice behave, that I am at times convinced that Su Tong or his translator are absurdists at work.

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