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The Vagrants
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Yiyun Li is the winner of the prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. The Vagrants, set in 1979 China, is the story of those affected by the execution of a 28-year-old counterrevolutionary. Though suffering, Li's characters nevertheless struggle to maintain hope amid cruel circumstance. "Li records these events . with such a magisterial sense of direction that the reader can't help being drawn into the novel."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Street Date:
11/18/2009
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781456111564
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Yiyun Li. (2009). The Vagrants. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc.

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Yiyun Li. 2009. The Vagrants. Recorded Books, Inc.

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Yiyun Li, The Vagrants. Recorded Books, Inc, 2009.

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Yiyun Li. The Vagrants. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc, 2009.

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      • content: In her equable reading, Jackie Chung offers virtually no embellishments for this novel, set in the fictional Chinese city of Muddy River in 1979. Perhaps Chung realizes that no fireworks are necessary, and that Li's novel, so restrained itself, but no less harrowing for it, requires no artificial pumping up. The disparate characters live in the uneasy shadow of the Cultural Revolution but also at the beginning of pro-democracy activism. That uneasy tension is apparent as the characters deal in their various ways with the awful event of one particular day when a young woman is scheduled to be executed as a counterrevolutionary. The cruelties not only of a totalitarian regime but also of a hidebound culture are equally hard to bear. To her credit, Chung doesn't try to manufacture emotion, realizing it's not at all necessary. M.O. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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