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Bestiary: A Novel de K-Ming Chang
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Bestiary: A Novel (edició 2020)

de K-Ming Chang (Autor)

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"One evening, Ma tells Daughter a story about a tiger spirit who lived in a woman's body, named Hu Gu Po. She hungered to eat children, especially their toes. Soon afterwards, Daughter awakes with a tiger tail. And more mysterious events follow: Holes in the backyard spit up letters penned by her grandmother; a visiting aunt leaves red on everything she touches; another aunt arrives with eels in her belly. All the while, Daughter is falling for her neighbor, a girl named Ben with mysterious powers of her own. As the two young lovers translate the grandmother's letters, Daughter begins to understand that each woman in her family embodies an old Taiwanese myth--and that she will have to bring her family's secrets to light in order to change their destiny. With a poetic voice of crackling electricity, K Ming Chang is an explosive young writer who combines the wit and fabulism of Helen Oyeyemi with the magical realist aesthetic of Maxine Hong Kingston. Tracing one family's history from Mainland China to Taiwan, from Arkansas to California, Bestiary is a novel of migration, queer lineages, and womanhood"--… (més)
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Títol:Bestiary: A Novel
Autors:K-Ming Chang (Autor)
Informació:One World (2020), Edition: 1st Edition, 272 pages
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Deeply weird. Like a scatological Helen Oyeyemi. ( )
  doryfish | Aug 20, 2021 |
A fever dream of poetry, magical realism, mythology, and generational trauma in the Asian immigrant community. There were so many creative twists and turns but the more experimental aspects of the prose led to a lack of cohesion. The book flowed oddly and didn't give a satisfying sense of completion at the end. The fixation on bodily fluids felt quite gratuitous in many parts. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
A narrative that is uniquely poetic, this is a book with sentences that convey multiple meanings - at once nuanced and murky. The style manages to make us see the mundane as myth and from multiple perspectives. However, at times it also obscures more than it reveals - I suppose it's a matter of whom the reader is and what kind of background they possess. My four-star rating is based on the groundbreaking way that Chang tackles the multi-generational responses to being an expat/immigrant in a strange and profoundly different country. Perhaps the strangeness of the narrative helps us navigate through the different facets of East meeting West. At times, she waxes with laughter too with sentences like, "I thought bowels were a breed of bird, and bowel movements were how they migrated." A rather difficult read at times, it nevertheless breathes with an astonishing power to enchant. Overall memorable and totally unpredictable. ( )
  dbsovereign | Dec 18, 2020 |
Really? The author of this book is only 22? She takes the story of Chinese immigrants to Arkansas and combines reality with Chinese mythology. Its not going to be a book for everyone. In fact, I don’t know who I would recommend it too, other than readers who are looking for an original story. The language is brutal in telling the story of three generations of Taiwanese Americans living in Arkansas and once I got through the first 10% of the book, things fell into place, sort of in place when you’re reading a book told from three different perspectives, Grandma, mother and daughter. Am I glad I read it? Yes, I am. I admire writers who are willing to go beyond what is traditional writing and create an original tale. She’s one of five who have been recognized as a 5 under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation. ( )
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"One evening, Ma tells Daughter a story about a tiger spirit who lived in a woman's body, named Hu Gu Po. She hungered to eat children, especially their toes. Soon afterwards, Daughter awakes with a tiger tail. And more mysterious events follow: Holes in the backyard spit up letters penned by her grandmother; a visiting aunt leaves red on everything she touches; another aunt arrives with eels in her belly. All the while, Daughter is falling for her neighbor, a girl named Ben with mysterious powers of her own. As the two young lovers translate the grandmother's letters, Daughter begins to understand that each woman in her family embodies an old Taiwanese myth--and that she will have to bring her family's secrets to light in order to change their destiny. With a poetic voice of crackling electricity, K Ming Chang is an explosive young writer who combines the wit and fabulism of Helen Oyeyemi with the magical realist aesthetic of Maxine Hong Kingston. Tracing one family's history from Mainland China to Taiwan, from Arkansas to California, Bestiary is a novel of migration, queer lineages, and womanhood"--

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