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  • Abubakar2
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    《平凡的世界》- Highly Recommended Reading

    I've just finished reading 路遥's 《平凡的世界》, a three-book story spanning the lives and loves of a handful of characters over the ten-year period between 1975 and 1985, and I have to say that this is definitely one of my favourite Chinese novels out of all the ones I've read so far.

    In fact, I'll go as far to say that I think anyone seriously interested in learning about China and modern-day mainland Chinese culture should read this book, if for no other reason than it will give you greater insight into the lives of ordinary Chinese people ranging from common farmers all the way up to provincial leaders, at a time when China was undergoing dramatic change that eventually shaped the country as it exists today. Not only do you get to see the thought processes and beliefs that shape and form the actions and lives of the protaganists, but through them we can see also what the larger social and political changes meant for people at all levels of society, and the problems, heartaches and joy these people face going about their daily lives. And it really does span a huge cross-section of life - birth, death, love, marriage, family, infidelity, people with disabilities, migrant workers, the effect of education and how it can make a dramatic difference for people in rural China, and so on and so on.

    8 months agoin Culture-Beijing
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  • Genera
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    I've seen a number of TV dramas that span this time period, but none of them left quite the same impression on me as this book. I guess books can go into much more detail regarding the thoughts and motivations of a character and can also provide deeper background stories. Plus I get the impression from my reading and tv watchings so far that there are many topics that can be brought up and mentioned in books, that would never make it past the TV censors and so get left out of TV dramas, or only glossed over. Thanks for the recommendations though!
    8 months ago
  • Nevena2
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    you might want to check out these china made TV dramas:

    1) 八兄弟

    2) 我们那个时代 I&II

    themes about modernisation, displacement, migratory workers from the rural/farmlands, city living neuroses, factory workers vs office workers, etc...themes that are mentioned in 《平凡的世界》. I haven't read the books but intend to add them to my reading list.

    8 months ago
  • GLITTER
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    now I want to ask another question, now that you've read this book, how much do you feel that the story is reflective of life in China in that time period? I have to admit I got interested when you said the characters included those with disabilities.
    8 months ago

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