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The Song of Everlasting Sorrow: A Novel of Shanghai By Wang Anyi Michael Berry Susan Chan Egan,

  • Title: The Song of Everlasting Sorrow: A Novel of Shanghai
  • Author: Wang Anyi Michael Berry Susan Chan Egan
  • ISBN: 9780231143424
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set in post World War II Shanghai, The Song of Everlasting Sorrow follows the adventures of Wang Qiyao, a girl born of the longtong, the crowded, labyrinthine alleys of Shanghai s working class neighborhoods.Infatuated with the glitz and glamour of 1940s Hollywood, Wang Qiyao seeks fame in the Miss Shanghai beauty pageant, and this fleeting moment of stardom becomes thSet in post World War II Shanghai, The Song of Everlasting Sorrow follows the adventures of Wang Qiyao, a girl born of the longtong, the crowded, labyrinthine alleys of Shanghai s working class neighborhoods.Infatuated with the glitz and glamour of 1940s Hollywood, Wang Qiyao seeks fame in the Miss Shanghai beauty pageant, and this fleeting moment of stardom becomes the pinnacle of her life During the next four decades, Wang Qiyao indulges in the decadent pleasures of pre liberation Shanghai, secretly playing mahjong during the antirightist Movement and exchanging lovers on the eve of the Cultural Revolution Surviving the vicissitudes of modern Chinese history, Wang Qiyao emerges in the 1980s as a purveyor of old Shanghai a living incarnation of a new, commodified nostalgia that prizes splendor and sophistication only to become embroiled in a tragedy that echoes the pulpy Hollywood noirs of her youth.From the violent persecution of communism to the liberalism and openness of the age of reform, this sorrowful tale of old China versus new, of perseverance in the face of adversity, is a timeless rendering of our never ending quest for transformation and beauty.
    The Song of Everlasting Sorrow A Novel of Shanghai Set in post World War II Shanghai The Song of Everlasting Sorrow follows the adventures of Wang Qiyao a girl born of the longtong the crowded labyrinthine alleys of Shanghai s working class neighb

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    1. The passage of time associated with those old jazz records was indeed a good thing it had smoothed things out until they were strong and fine, rubbing off the superficial layers to reveal the inner grain, like gold emerging when the fire has burned away the dross But what he saw that day was not an object, like an old jazz record, but a person.The closest author comparison I can make to this is that of Proust, but only while ignoring all the elitist claptrap that I myself once partook of in the [...]

    2. I have been looking for a modern Chinese novel that was not constructed around the political horrors China has passed through during the past one hundred years Wang Anyi s beautifully textured novel fits the bill One cannot quite say that it is apolitical, for the political context is always the white noise humming just outside the Shanghai apartments, restaurants, and shops where Wang Qiyao, whose life this novel traces, and her array of lovers, friends, and family mix and mingle over a period [...]

    3. The Song of Everlasting Sorrow A Novel of Shanghai by Wang Anyi opens with exquisite descriptions of Shanghai and its distinct and mysterious longtang neighborhoods that are as much a character as Wang Qiyao, a former beauty queen whose life has gone sadly awry Wang Oiyao, comes together with people, only to drive them away in the end, unaware of her impact on others as her country is on its people

    4. By the time Wang Anyi introduces her protagonist Wang Qiyao, she shares an intimate tour of the city, Shanghai Wang Anyi takes time to tell her readers the long intricate alleys, the way gossip travels through crevices of shared walls, the beautiful view of the city through the eyes of its pigeons and the changing times when girls dream of beauty pageants and PhDs The protagonist and Shanghai are coming to terms with China s newfound modernity and the influence of the west on the country, on the [...]

    5. Once I ve read a Chinese novel that I just couldn t get into I SHOULD have been able to get into this novel because it talked about the struggles of a woman protagonist But I just couldn t understand the character I couldn t feel much empathy for her either All of the time, I kept thinking, Just what is going through her mind Why did she do that Why did she say that She seemed every bit as much a stranger to me at the end of the book as at the beginning.And the end of the book ended in her murd [...]

    6. It s not, unfortunately, as good as its reputation would lead one to believe The style can occasionally become wearisome, in particular in those purple passages where the author seems to be trying too hard to impress I had always been brought up to believe that excessive use of , especially run together one after another, is a sign of weak writing, rather than of cleverness This is no presumably not the fault of the author, but, like other writers publishing in China today, Wang conveys the rath [...]

    7. Some years ago there s a movie based on this novel, but I never am interested enough to watch it, and I don t think I ll be interested enough to read the book any time soon.

    8. The longtang are the backdrop of this city Streets and buildings emerge around them in a series of dots and lines, like the subtle brushstrokes that bring life to the empty expanses of white paper in a traditional Chinese landscape painting As day turns into night and the city lights up, these dots and lines begin to glimmer However, underneath the glitter lies an immense blanket of darkness these are the longtang of Shanghai Wang s writing style takes a while to get into The Song of Everlasting [...]

    9. Odio la nostalgia, pero agradezco encontrar una novela que repase la historia contempor nea de China desde una experiencia femenina, gastron mica, textil, arquitect nica, sensorial y menos desde la genial pero ya manida parodia pol tica de un Mo Yan o un Yu Hua.

    10. Where the book falls down is its inability to engage the reader and make them willing to invest into the characters themselves Wang Qiyao, the focus of the novel, is truly awful What is worse is the fact that the author seems to be out of touch with how the character comes across to the reader and does not feel the need to justify or apologise for Wang Qiyao s abhorrent attitude to her so called friends and suitors, nor her seemingly never ending belief that the world revolves around her With su [...]

    11. I like how she depicts a real Shanghai with an elegant and poetic touch I love Wang Qiyao, she s a Shanghai woman to the core No one could bring out the true DNA of Shanghai without loving it from bottom of heart.

    12. This ranks up there as one of the best books I ve ever read, I think There were times that her repetition became a little overbearing, but what a ride There is one phrase that, if not a subtle nod to Geoff Dyer s final pages of The Missing of the Somme, should be The light with which she is so familiar has shone for hundreds and thousands of years, and it will always be there Dyer Perhaps that is what is meant by lonelyness knowing that even at your moments of most exalted emotion, you do not ma [...]

    13. Like other readers, I found the book difficult to truly enjoy The first few chapters drag on in flowery prose that make the reader wonder whether there is actually a plot to this novel When we finally are introduced to the main character, there is nothing compelling us to have strong feelings about her either positive or negative In fact, none of the characters were well developed As for the plot, there is no defined beginning, middle, and end The book reads like a chronicle of Wang Qiyao s lif [...]

    14. Wang Anyi is apparently one of the critically acclaimed authors in the Chinese speaking world The novel traces the fortunes and tragedies of Wang Qiyao, who wins second prize in a late 1940s Shanghai beauty pageant, becomes the mistress of an army colonel, and after his death lives a greatly diminished life in Shanghai, always on the edge of history but unbound by its strictures she lives for fashion and the pleasures of her past The buildup to the inevitably tragic conclusion the novel s title [...]

    15. I picked it up and put it down again so many times in the first week, I thought I d never grasp it The prose, at first, is gravid with descriptions of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and moods of light, I rolled my eyes to Cleveland and back, but kept the book by the door as my smoke break read Now that I actually care about moods of light, the pages skip from 218 to 283 WTH MUCH later, it s a very good novel, though you may be temped to speed read parts, go ahead, but it s worth the payoff.

    16. The city of Shanghai, its intricacies and nuances, adaptations and survival, mirrored the shifting responses of the female protagonist to chinese history A haunting story, lives fluttering brightly then struggling The narrator s voice remains detached throughout, an almost clinical recounting of people and swirling events, choices made in innocence or haste that push the characters into narrowing futures.

    17. This entire book should be shredded I hated every page I wanted to like it because it s set in an interesting time and place hence the extra star , but that is not a shortcut to actually good writing The characters aren t fleshed out, the plot is meandering and there is so much telling instead of showing It can t just be a bad translation this is a bad bad book It is so unnecessarily long and miserable I ve never read a book with a apt title GAH

    18. This book received rave reviews, but I thought it was rather long The author s writing style is not terse by any standard, though it may have suffered during the translation The subtitle is apt I think it should be read as the story of Shanghai rather than that of the main character I would hesitate before giving a general recommendation to read it.

    19. This had a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and although I only made it about 100 pages in I just couldn t take it any I was very disappointed in this book The prose style of the first chapter nearly did me in but I kept on plugging through I could find no reason to sympathize with these characters Yuck.

    20. Beautifully written novel in which the neighborhoods of Shanghai are as much characters as the people who inhabit them This is an elegant book meant to be read slowly and savored Although Wang Qiyao s story spans four decades 1940s 80s , the history of China remains in the background It is Wang Qiyao s inability to maintain human relationships that creates her sorrow.

    21. I liked Song in large part because it evoked a time and place with for which I had very little reference and taught me about it IT did so through the eyes of a sympathetic character who brings you into her world and you live her life with her through the ups and downs and the choices she makes.

    22. Translated from Chinese into English by my Auntie Susan.New York Times Book Review The novel is particularly illuminating and incisive on the subject of female friendship, on what draws girls and women together and then drives them apart.

    23. This is a sad story actually.I don t like the endding in fact.I wonder what if Wang Qiyao lived a long and lonely life instead.However,I think the whole life of this legendary woman is a enchanting mistery.This novel worth reading again.

    24. A powerful personification of Shanghai told through a woman s tragic life, from her teens to her late 40s Wang Anyi weaves through characters vivid lives with the utmost perception and wistfulness as they play out their revolving roles.

    25. Actually, although this book was recommended by a friend, I couldn t finish reading it The writing is turgid and hard to get into, and the storyline depressing I read about one quarter of the way through, then gave up and skipped to the end.

    26. I don t have much to say about this book, except that it took me far too long to get through it and that I did not like it one bit It s not bad, it s just not something I would read for my own pleasure I just read it because I had to.

    27. This book made me miss Shanghai so much It is a classic of Shanghai literature The story, the pace, the careful description of a city that, actually, doesn t exist any This is the kind of book to read to see how the cosmopolitan Chinese lived in the moment 50 years ago.

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