Imatge de l'autor

Yiyun Li

Autor/a de The Vagrants

29+ obres 3,310 Membres 156 Ressenyes 9 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Obres de Yiyun Li

The Vagrants (2009) 827 exemplars
Gold boy, emerald girl (2010) 445 exemplars
Kinder Than Solitude (2014) 303 exemplars
The Book of Goose (2022) 295 exemplars
Where Reasons End (2019) 242 exemplars
Must I Go (2020) 145 exemplars
Wednesday's Child: Stories (2023) 42 exemplars
The Story of Gilgamesh (2011) 24 exemplars
A Sheltered Woman (2015) 12 exemplars

Obres associades

The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006) — Col·laborador — 542 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009) — Col·laborador — 354 exemplars
The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China: The Complete Fiction of Lu Xun (2009) — Epíleg, algunes edicions279 exemplars
The Best American Travel Writing 2006 (2006) — Col·laborador — 205 exemplars
Granta 97: Best of Young American Novelists 2 (2007) — Col·laborador — 196 exemplars
20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker (2010) — Col·laborador; Col·laborador — 168 exemplars
The Best American Essays 2014 (2014) — Col·laborador — 161 exemplars
Naked Earth (1954) — Introducció, algunes edicions121 exemplars
Granta 109: Work (2009) — Col·laborador — 114 exemplars
The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic (2020) — Col·laborador — 105 exemplars
Granta 125: After the War (2013) — Col·laborador — 80 exemplars
W-3 (1974) — Introducció, algunes edicions45 exemplars
Sex and Death: Stories (2016) — Col·laborador — 42 exemplars
Everyday People: The Color of Life--a Short Story Anthology (2018) — Col·laborador — 41 exemplars
早稲田文学増刊 女性号 (2017) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú



I've followed Yiyun Li's work for years and more often than not enjoy and admire her books (an exception being the last novel, The Book of Goose). Wednesday's Child lives up to the line in the nursery rhyme from which the title was taken: "Wednesday's child is full of woe." This is a collection of short stories, most of them sad or, at best, bittersweet. The protagonists are primarily Asian women who are in some way exiled from home or family (traveling, immigrating with family, on an international scholarship, etc.), and each has suffered a profound loss. The loss of a child, of a friendship, of a marriage, of a connection to home. It took me quite a while to complete this collection, partly because I simply needed something other than a downer, partly because other things were going on in my life. As always, the writing is precise and moving.… (més)
1 vota
Cariola | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Oct 18, 2023 |
An absolutely lovely novel that takes a premise that's already pretty interesting on its face -- a pair of French country girls conspire to write a book of short stories shortly after the end of the Second World War -- and goes to unexpectedly deep, and often sad, places. It's clear from the book's opening that Agnés and Fabienne are a pair: Agnés, our narrator, even cops to being Fabienne's "whetstone." But while Fabienne is the duo's real talent, she's also barely literate: Agnés acts as both her amanuensis and as her public face. Later events suggest that the girls' literary experiment doesn't work when Agnés is left on her own, but that just provides an opportunity for the author to get at her deeper themes. This isn't just a book about fake child prodigies, and there's a lot more going on here than a friendship between two lonely, talented girls.

There's also the tricky question of time. The girls' friendship is intense, but I suspect it might not be any less intense than the friendships that many other girls' their age have before the rest of their lives -- love, sex, work, responsibility and maybe children -- rushes in. In "The Book of Goose" Fabienne and Agnés exist in a sort of liminal space between childhood and adulthood, and what they have is necessarily fragile and fleeting. They're both smart enough to know it. What impressed me most about "The Book of Goose" is that Fabienne's talent is also framed in similar terms. Fabienne has no real desire to be a famous literary type: for her, telling stories is a game. But the game that the girls are playing cannot survive its own inherent contradictions: both separation and exposure would spell its end.

There's a larger story here about the nature of genius and the precarity of all of our lives. The author presents genius as a wondrous, alchemical quality, dependent both on raw talent and on the emotional and social resources that are necessary to give it shape. Fabienne seems to have the sort of detachment that great writers often display in their works, but the fact that she can't really take ownership of her own voice is telling. It's also worth noting that Agnés and Fabienne's story is further marked by other seemingly random tragedies. While the end of their precocious literary career can be seen as another sort of tragedy, the book's two main protagonists are no strangers to misfortune or injustice. By the time we reach the end of the book, it seems a small miracle that Fabienne's untutored literary mind and the girls' difficult life circumstances produced so much as a book of short stories and a close friendship. The world that Li describes in "The Book of Goose" is one that constantly forecloses on our most dazzling possibilities even as it offers us other ways to survive. To say that I found this book unbearably sad verges, if that's possible, on understatement.

I also noted that Li herself is a Chinese-American, currently on the faculty at Princeton, who has lived an interesting and in many ways accomplished life. I could find anything in her biography, however, that might connect her to this novel's rural French setting. Seen from that perspective, "The Book of Goose" is a truly impressive product of the imagination. I was deeply impressed by how well the author evoked a time in which the French countryside felt worlds away from any place of real importance. To avoid all of the usual "life in Provence" clichés would have been more than enough, but this one's a real time machine. It's is one of those works that examines the question of literary talent while, at the same time, announcing its presence. In other words, "The Book of Goose" is a very good novel, and Yiyun Li is the real thing.
… (més)
TheAmpersand | Hi ha 14 ressenyes més | Oct 15, 2023 |
I loved the last three pages. Overall, this made me sad (duh) but it was a beautiful concept.
victorier | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | Aug 23, 2023 |
I’ve managed to accumulate several volumes of Yiyun Li but had, for no good reason, never managed to read her until I sat down recently with this collection of stories. I won’t make that mistake again. Although her subjects aren’t quite up my alley, she is a terrific writer and has a knack for completely believable people (albeit in some occasionally unbelievable situations). “Immortality” is about a young man who is a double for the dictator and follows his (the double's) rise and inevitable fall. “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers” follows an older Chinese man who visits America for the first time to see his recently divorced daughter. The story is a well-done exploration of cultural and language barriers, about communication and about silence. I enjoyed most of the stories in the volume, the great majority of which take place in China and there is no doubt that Li has little use or love for the Communist Party, the communist system, or what it has done (and is doing) to China (she has lived in the USA since 1996 when she was 24). But her stories are about far more than that and if you have any interest in good modern short story writing, I’d definitely encourage you to look at this. I know I’ll be pulling down the other collections before very long.… (més)
Gypsy_Boy | Hi ha 24 ressenyes més | Aug 22, 2023 |



Potser també t'agrada

Autors associats


També de
½ 3.7
Pedres de toc

Gràfics i taules